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A History Of Chuck E. Cheese Violence

February 20, 2010 8 comments

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

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten



September 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Oh Hai!

I have a quick request for you all.  If you love, or even are mildly interested in, quirky podcasts, please take the time to subscribe to the TBTL podcast on itunes.  My most favoritist show ever in the history of man kind was recently let out to pasture by their radio station in Seattle Washington (boo, hiss).  Luke and company are now doing the show exclusively as a podcast.  They are doing a great job if I do say so myself.   The more downloads the better for their future.  Please help the show rise up the ranks on the itunes top 100.  You won’t regret it.

You can also visit the show blog at

Luke and Jen

Luke and Jen

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten

Say It Ain’t So KIRO!

September 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Oh Hai!

This truly sucks eggs.  The following announcement was posted on the TBTL blog on Thursday, September 10, 2009.

Big…Huge Announcement: TBTL will end as a radio show tomorrow night. BUT, (there’s a huge but) we will live on as a podcast at

For over a year TBTL has made me smile when that is the last thing I wanted to do.  Bad move KIRO.  Truly bad move.  The TBTL Tens family deserves better.  I hope the podcast will be awesome, but it just won’t be the same without the live show to turn to.

Read more at the Seattle Weekly.


If you feel the way I do and would like to express your opinion, contact KIRO 97.3 FM at

Please reconsider KIRO.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Very Sad Graham Ten

Insane Product Warning Labels

July 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Oh Hai!

I have been so busy lately that I have not had time to think about posting.  It is supposed to be my summer vacation, but I am hosting my visiting parents, going to an education conference in Atlanta, babysitting a 12 year old and a 5 year old (my mom had three kids, I don’t know how she managed it), and getting prepared to sell my artism at the Puyallup, WA Farmer’s Market.  I have not even had time to think about planning my lessons for next year.  That is extremely important because I am teaching two subjects I have never taught before.  I will start that after I take my niece on her sixth grade graduation trip that I promised her.

But I suppose all that is beside the point.  I have had time to look up some simply crazy warning labels that are posted on honest to goodness real products.  I know the one on the Dremel Drill is real because I just bought one.  As clear as day in the warning section it says “this product is not to be used as a dental drill or for any other medical purposes.”  I wonder just what  lawsuit caused the company to put that warning label on their products.  It’s a crazy world out there.  Here are some more real life product warning labels.


Ignite lighter away from face.

Bic Lighter



This product must be cooked before eating.

Swanson TV Dinners



Warning: Contents under pressure. Cap may blow off causing eye or other serious injury. Point away from face and people, especially while opening.

Canada Dry Club Soda



If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use.

Children’s Dimetapp



Directions: Use like regular soap.

Dial Soap


(On the side of the cup) “This ice may be cold”

Slush Puppy Cup



On bottom side: “Keep Upright”.

Tesco Fruit Juice Carton



This broom does not actually fly.

Harry Potter Toy Broom



To prevent possible injury, do not apply the hose or the lid sealer to any part of the body while vacuum pump is in operation.

Foodsealer (Vacuum seals foods)



CAUTION: Contains cleaning agents. Do not treat garment while wearing.

Shout Gel



Caution: Risk of fire

Pine Mountain Fire Logs



Warning: While cooking be sure to place crust side down

Red Barron Pizza


Luke Burbank of TBTL (Too Beautiful to Live 97.3 KIRO FM in Seattle, WA) fame has a great story about his mother actually doing this to him one Sunday morning before church.  She burnt his ear but no one sued.  Talk about missing an opportunity.


Do not spray in eyes.




Not Dishwasher Safe

RCA Television Remote Control

warningThank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten

A Muppet Awesome

May 31, 2009 Leave a comment


Oh Hai!

Friday night the TBTL gang did a show about why the Muppets matter.  Prior to the show they asked for input.  I posted a comment on their blog that brought back some great memories of Sunday night Muppet Show watching with my family past my normally early bedtime.

Graham 10 wrote…
Muppets = Later Bed Time
The Muppets totally matter. Some of my best childhood memories involve Muppets. When I was a kid there were only two television shows that I was allowed to stay up past my 7:30 bed time to watch. One was the Duke’s of Hazard (?) on Friday nights and the other was the Muppets. I think my parents allowed us kids to stay up late and watch the Muppets because they completely loved the show as well. Around the time I was in the sixth grade the Muppet Movie came out. Most of my musical memories of that year involve the soundtrack of the movie and the song Rainbow Connection. I can’t sing to save my life, but my childhood voice mangled that song over and over again that year. I still watch the Muppet Christmas Carol every year. Great Stuff!!!
May 29, 2009 1:55 pm

I was so excited yesterday to hear that Luke read my comment on air.  It was totally awesome and brought back even more warm and fuzzy memories.  That is one reason I love TBTL.  Almost everyday they talk about something from my childhood: Encyclopedia Brown, The A-Team, Madonna, The Muppets, The Blood Hound Gang from 3-2-1 Contact.  It goes on an on and its great fun to relive some of those great times from the past.  Thanks guys.  Oh, and Jen and I also now have something in common.  We both love the Converse clothing at Target.  Who knew we would share some fashion sense.

Next up!  Is it really normal for a 38 year old woman to totally obsessed over the Twilight books?

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham 10

Two Frogs + Snail = TBTL

Is it rude to name frogs and a snail after my favorite radio personalities? I sure hope not, because I meant it purely as a honor. Today I added some new pets to my brood. The two frogs are named after Luke and Jen (I can’t tell which is which) on TBTL. The little snail is named Sean, Japan’s #1 Snail. Please don’t be offended TBTL gang, I name all my pets after characters I love and you guys are some of the most interesting characters I know.

Thank You For Your Consideration,
The Graham 10

Luke, Jen, and Sean: The TBTL Gang

Luke, Jen, and Sean: The TBTL Gang

Luke Burbank and I

April 25, 2009 1 comment

Oh Hai!

I was extremely excited to meet Luke Burbank from TBTL at a listener skating event.

Meeting Luke

Meeting Luke

He is just as nice as he sounds on the radio, maybe more.  He even remembered an email I wrote and was extremely kind to my nieces.  A great time was had by all.

Thanks for Your Consideration,

Graham 10