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A History Of Chuck E. Cheese Violence

Oh Hai!

I can’t say this topic is my original idea.  My favorite imaginary radio show (A.K.A Podcast), TBTL, has been documenting violence at the kids pizza place for quite a while.  After the latest incident, I decided I needed to know more.  Here is what I found.  In no way should this be considered an exhaustive list of Chuck E. Cheese related brawls.

#1 – Topeka, Kansas – January 17, 2005

Around 5:30 p.m., two adult females were involved in an altercation prior to police arrival. It was reported that one small child was either bumped or struck by another child. The mothers of the girls began to argue and an altercation ensued. No one was charged.

#2 – Brooklyn, New York – June 20, 2005

At about 8:30 p.m., A fight between two children at the Chuck E. Cheese in the Atlantic Terminal Mall in Brooklyn turned into a bloody brawl between parents.  It all started when two girls began to argue at the theme restaurant. A girl kicked the other child, which got their moms into a heated argument of their own. Then, the fathers of the two girls started to argue. One of the dads was joined by two of his friends in jumping the other father.

#3 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – August 11, 2006

An elderly female threw a shoe at man, according to police reports. He stated the fight started over someone calling his child “ugly.” He stated he was not injured, his pride was just hurt.

#4 – Toledo, Ohio – February 4, 2007

Several parents complained about children who were having their picture drawn at one of the machines and then continued to sit there after the drawings were complete. The parents began calling names and then throwing punches. Several people were injured and several cited for disorderly conduct.

#5 – Matteson, Illinois – 2007-2008

Police responded to at least 12 disturbance calls at the Matteson, Illinois Chuck E. Cheese between 2007-2008. The disturbances ranged in seriousness and included one in which two men attacked another man at a birthday party.

#6 – Flint, Michigan – January 26, 2008

Flint Township police responded to a call about a large fight at Chuck E. Cheese’s that involved as many as 85 people. A fight inside the restaurant between three females erupted, pepper gas was sprayed and people flooded outside the restaurant into the back parking lot.

#7 – Brookfield, Wisconsin – April 2008

In Brookfield, Wis., no restaurant has triggered more calls to the police department than Chuck E. Cheese’s. Officers have been called to break up 12 fights, some of them physical, at the child-oriented pizza parlor between April 2007 and April 2008. The biggest melee broke out when an uninvited adult disrupted a child’s birthday party. Seven officers arrived and found as many as 40 people knocking over chairs and yelling in front of the restaurant’s music stage.

#8 – Framington, Massachusetts – May 3, 2008

Two Boston-area moms got into a fistfight at Chuck E. Cheese when one woman’s son “hogged” an arcade game from the other’s 9-year-old birthday boy. Catherine Aliaga, 38, and Tarsha Williams, 33, were charged with simple assault and battery after the shouting and scuffling match at a celebration for Aliaga’s son’s birthday.

#9 – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – November 9, 2008

The assault occurred after a woman in her 30s approached a 6-year-old boy who was playing a videogame. When the boy went to insert more tokens to continue playing, the woman grabbed the tokens out of his hand and told him to stop hogging the game. The boy went and got his 26-year-old mother, who walked over to the woman. The woman began screaming at the boy’s mother, and another suspect, a man in his 30s, grabbed the mother by the throat and pushed her against the videogame machine. CEC employees had to pull the man off the mother. Both the man and the woman fled the scene. The police department gets called to respond to disputes at the restaurant as many as 15 times a year.

#10 – Pennsylvania – January 7, 2009

Five women and a minor were arrested after they were involved in a fight.  It’s not the first time police were called to the restaurant.

#11 – Pennsylvania – March 18, 2009

Two Pennsylvania women were arrested at a Chuck E. Cheese for assaulting a man with their refillable sodas and their fists.

#12 – South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – April 12, 2009

Around 7:00 p.m., a fight between adults broke out.  A child was caught in the middle of the fight and was transported to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The restaurant was extremely crowded. A woman threw a salt and pepper shaker at another woman and that woman threw a chair back at her, resulting in the fight.

#13 – Michigan – November 23, 2009

At 8:53 p.m., a fight broke out among three teenage girls at the pizza parlor. A Genesee County Sheriff’s paramedic and state troopers quickly got the fight under control, and canceled other officers headed that way to back them up.  But a few minutes later, the officers sent out a second call as the fight erupted again, and quickly turned into “a knock-down, drag-out between 75 and 80 people.” Police from around the county poured into the restaurant shortly after 9 p.m. trying to control the crowd. Pepper spray used to control the crowd may have added to the uproar.

#14 – Arlington Heights, Illinois – November 2009

A family was apparently celebrating the birthday of a young man in his early teens when other members of the family showed up, and an argument began. There was a pushing match and things were thrown. One person was taken to the hospital with a cut below an eye and another person went to a clinic for a cut on a hand. Some of the participants had been drinking.

#15 – Columbus, Ohio – November 24, 2009

A father of a 1 year-old interrupted the child’s birthday festivities by pulling out a knife and starting a fight with around 20 other people. Parents frantically grabbed their kids and ran like hell to get out of the line of fire as the twenty or so people got into a terrible fight.

#16 – Hickory Hill, Tennessee: February 2010

A birthday party went horribly awry when a quarrel over the length of the photo booth line descended into chaotic violence. A girl complained that a group of people, there to celebrate a young boy’s birthday was hogging the booth. The boy’s mother’s stepfather then clocked the girl, giving her a black eye. It went further downhill from there. Multiple combatants from both families face charges.

Moral of this story – Pick another place to have your child’s birthday party.  This is especially true if you live in Pennsylvania.  The park is always a nice choice.

I must also give a great deal of credit to the Wall Street Journal that published a fascinating article on this topic on December 9, 2008.  You can read it at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122878081364889613.html.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten

  1. Bri Guy
    April 19, 2010 at 2:55 am

    How about the four people killed at a Denver Chuck E Cheese on Dec 13, 1993: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3190/is_n1_v28/ai_14688386/

  2. Carly
    May 27, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I was recently assaulted at Chuck E Cheese February 2010 by a woman who does not speak any english…She cuold be illegal?? Or just a Puerto Rican…either way after the family assaulted me in front of my 2 daughters i went to the ER and the violent family was allowed to stay because as CEC corporate told me “they didnt fight anyone else after we left”…the fight started after their child broke my eye glasses. CEC management agreed to pay for my glasses and as my family was leaving the establishment the woman threw cups at me and my children then ran and jumped passed their kids checkpoint and attacked me. I called 911, not CEC, and the woman was never arrested!

  3. October 31, 2010 at 7:12 am

    one time I went there there was disasters the chuck robot fell on some kids who were trying to give it hugs then chuck.e.cheese came out of nowhere i tryed to hide under the table then chuck just went CRAZY!!!! he climed on the stage (where the chucke robot used to be) then he started dancing when he saw me how scared I was he started running towards me i guess he was trying to assault me i told my dad quickly for that oversized mouse to get away from me even my sister knew how scared i was so she just had her 6th birthday at chuck.e.cheeses when i got in there i told the managar in the entrance/exit how much i was scared of the mascot and she said i,ll do what i can

  4. December 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Last night there was a shooting at a Chuck E Cheese’s in Las Vegas (Nellis Blvd / Stewart), what fun whoopie

  5. Samantha
    June 20, 2011 at 10:56 am

    YO SHUT UP PEEPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY DADDY WORKS THERE FOOLS. I mean he HAS had to call the cops before but seriously sure theyve had their bad moments but ya gotta admit it is a pretty fun place. Oh and once a staples truck backed into the front entrence before but not to damaging!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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