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Chuck E. Cheese Is A Dirty Mouse
Radar ^ | 12/03/08

Posted on 12/04/2008 8:37:36 PM PST by hole_n_one

Hey mom, how clean is that Chuck E. Cheese? The answer is "not very". MomLogic.com conducted a down and dirty investigation with the help of "Dr Germ" himself, famed microbiologist Charles Gerba.

Dr. Gerba went to three locations in California and swabbed a variety of surfaces in the restaurant and arcade areas, such as play mats, trays, chairs, tables, and games. Among the discoveries from the analyses were:

--Serratia Rubidaea, a rare cause of respiratory tract infections, wound and blood infections, found on the Yellow Bus Ride in Pasadena.

--Enterobacter sakazakii, which can cause necrotizing enterocolitis, bacteremia, and infant meningitis, thriving on a table and high chair in Sun Valley.

--Klebsiella pneumoniae, which can cause urinary tract infections, wound and bloodstream infections and pneumonia, clinging to the children's play mats in Sun Valley and Burbank.


'Chuck E. Cheese' company spokesperson Brenda Holloway responded to this study.

"We clean and sanitize our games every night with an antibacterial sanitizing solution called Sterbac Blue. We try to inspect and maintain during the day as well. We have a large amount of kids who come through here, and with them, a large amount of bacteria. We try to keep up with it."

In addition, pediatrician and mother of two Dr. Cara Natterson examined Dr. Gerba's results, and reassuringly said:

"As a mom, these bacteria sound alarming and scary. But as a doctor, I haven't ever seen a serious or life-threatening infection that can be clearly traced back to a kid-friendly restaurant. So take this all with a grain of salt. Personally, I almost never take my kids to these places, so that when I do it is a major treat. And I pretty much stay away during the cold and flu season."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: chuckecheese
Link to Momlogic article detailing their investigation is here.
1 posted on 12/04/2008 8:37:36 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one

Ick.


2 posted on 12/04/2008 8:38:26 PM PST by XR7
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To: hole_n_one

PFFFTTT! Freakin scientist get paid for this?


3 posted on 12/04/2008 8:38:44 PM PST by redstateconfidential (" An American Idol President")
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If one wants to find a dirty rat, Wash. D.C would be where I’d look.


4 posted on 12/04/2008 8:39:23 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one

Chucky Cheeze is nothing but a casino for little kids.


5 posted on 12/04/2008 8:41:33 PM PST by mockingbyrd (Sarah 2012!)
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To: hole_n_one

BActeria, schmackteria, just be thankful they aren’t being exposed to the immeidate life threatening threat of EVIL cigarette smoke -— which will kill you instantly..........


6 posted on 12/04/2008 8:50:24 PM PST by Gabz (Is a sarcasm tag really needed?)
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To: hole_n_one

What about an elementary school classroom, where the kids are all day?


7 posted on 12/04/2008 8:56:11 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: hole_n_one
My wife and I took our niece to one for her birthday a few years ago. We've called the place "UpChucky Cheese" ever since.

Bad pizza and too much excitement are a bad combo.

8 posted on 12/04/2008 8:56:50 PM PST by Ol' Sox
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To: Vince Ferrer

“What about an elementary school classroom...”

Good point! Back in my day classrooms and books were plenty dirty but then children stayed in desks in ranks and files. Now with “Centers” and so forth the children are changing seats and hanldling common items even more. I”m sure many are dirtier than a poorly managed Chucky Cheese.


9 posted on 12/04/2008 9:05:52 PM PST by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: hole_n_one

I’m convinced that if I’m very, very evil in this life, God will damn me to spend eternity in a Chuck E. Cheese place. This is my idea of hell. I never displayed a greater self-sacrificing love for my child than when I took her to the one in our town.

The bookstore here is closing, but Chuck E. Cheese is still going strong. (spit)


10 posted on 12/04/2008 9:06:33 PM PST by ottbmare
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To: redstateconfidential

California: Illegal immigration Central for the western part of the US.

You’re gonna find every disease known to man there.

Now if they’d only find a disease that attacks only stupid liberals, and one for which there is no cure. That would be Mother Nature at her best.

Try a damned subway in NY City, Phila, Baltimore, DC, etc.
How about an Arizona, New Mexico, Texas border town?

Vancouver, BC must have one of every disease in Red China.

You’re right redstateconfidential; “Freakin scientist get paid for this?” Yeah, and probably taxpayer money too.

Now where did I put that flesheasting bacteria?


11 posted on 12/04/2008 9:10:58 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: hole_n_one
Another triumph of junk science! You go to any public place and you could find the same bacteria or worse. This is just some of the a$$holes at roomtemperaturiqmoms.com trying to either
12 posted on 12/04/2008 9:12:10 PM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: TigersEye

I hate this place. Risa knew a boy whose job was to be the rat/mouse & he got lice so many times he quit his job. The food is awful & its a waste of money IMHO...Plus you know how I am about germs & Sassy!


13 posted on 12/04/2008 9:12:33 PM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn! ...........^............)
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To: pandoraou812

I have never been to one. I don’t have your fear of germs and dirt but I definitely prefer to stay away from lice.


14 posted on 12/04/2008 9:24:33 PM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: hole_n_one

Bacteria will win someday


15 posted on 12/04/2008 9:27:06 PM PST by woofie
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To: TigersEye

Lice scares me too lmao....I used to coat her neck & around her face with this oil stuff that was supposed to keep them away. I am so glad I don’t have to send her to school anymore. She got herself to bed before 9 tonight, said she had chills. I am hoping it isn’t a URI coming on. We’ve been so lucky this year so far...


16 posted on 12/04/2008 9:29:57 PM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn! ...........^............)
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To: pandoraou812

I have to agree with other posters who have said that these bacterium can be found almost anywhere. The doctor quoted in the article said so as well. Planet Earth is not sterile.


17 posted on 12/04/2008 9:33:03 PM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: TigersEye
I know all of that but I still mop almost every day. With the zoo I have you have to just keep up with cleaning ....After my bouts with MRSA I just am scared of germs.
18 posted on 12/04/2008 9:42:07 PM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn! ...........^............)
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To: hole_n_one

Well...clearly I am in the minority here..
But, we love Chuck E Cheezes..
I meet a friend there sometimes when they open on Sat. Mornings..
We have coffee and they have Juice... we order Cinnamon Strudel pizza.....
It doesn’t cost us very much for tokens...we’ve stayed there for HOURS!!!
The kids play and play and we can chat..
It’s so dark and rainy/drizzly around here for 6+ months per year that this is a GREAT indoor place where they can run around and just PLAY PLAY PLAY!
It’s a zoo when it’s busy...but even then the kids have a great time..
She’s a strict mom too though...so, we have a lot in common!
(which doesn’t happen often in SEATTLE!)

Anyway...I’m sure Chuck E Cheese gets cleaned far more often than many other places we go...
We make the kids wash their hands before eating..and we’ve given them some squirts of hand sanitizer a few times..
But all in all..we have a great time there..


19 posted on 12/04/2008 9:50:40 PM PST by M0sby ((Proud wife of MSgt. Edwards USMC ret.))
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To: M0sby
Good for you!

It's a silly piece.

The dirty 'rats in D.C. are far more dangerous.

20 posted on 12/04/2008 9:56:04 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: pandoraou812

Germs are scared of me. I like it that way. EFG


21 posted on 12/04/2008 9:56:05 PM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: hole_n_one

There must be a lot of people out there who just live to rain on somebody else’s parade. Every time something becomes popular, whether it’s McDonald’s, WalMart, cell phones, SUVs, meat, fast food, Twinkies, or Chuck E. Cheese, there is some vulture trying his darndest to find a reason to condemn it.

The Puritans at least thought they were obeying God. These modern day puritans are just jerks under the label of “concerned citizens”.


22 posted on 12/04/2008 10:01:44 PM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: hole_n_one

Kids may like the place but not me. I went once for my sis’s birthday...Nothing like the smell of dirty diapers, vomit, tomato sauce and cheese.


23 posted on 12/04/2008 10:32:26 PM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: hole_n_one

So, a place where hundreds of kids congregate and interact is rife with bacteria and viruses?

This is not news.

Children are breeding farms for all kinds of bugs and infections. Anyone who has children or had younger siblings in school knows this. (as does anyone who payed attention when they themselves were in school...)

McDonald’s play-land would doubtlessly do just as poorly on a swab test, as would any preschool play area. Essentially any place where children are that isn’t given level 4 decon on an hourly basis would show the same.


24 posted on 12/04/2008 10:40:54 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (There are 1506 days until marxist occupation ends. What are you doing to shorten the war?)
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To: hole_n_one
I'd be worried about the virii and bacteria on Barney Frank's rump.

What with all those beggars coming to DC and kissing it.....................

25 posted on 12/04/2008 10:43:30 PM PST by Thumper1960 (A modern so-called "Conservative" is a shadow of a wisp of a vertebrate human being.)
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To: hole_n_one
I did a study of this type, but from food preparation surfaces at the restaurant where I worked. It was a class project for my microbiology class. Our good friend Staph Aureus was commonly found. A little bit of that in the potato salad generates to thermo stable entero toxin. Eat that salad and you'll be making sidewalk pizzas in about 20 minutes.
26 posted on 12/04/2008 10:44:05 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: hole_n_one

Dirt is good for kids. Builds up immunities.

‘Nuf said.


27 posted on 12/04/2008 10:59:25 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Ol' Sox
"bad pizza"

Absolutely the worst pizza I've ever eaten. Not good enough for cattle feed.

28 posted on 12/05/2008 2:24:11 AM PST by driftless2
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To: ottbmare
I agree with you, going to Chuck E Cheese is pure hell and when my kids got too old to want to go there, it was such a relief. But when the kids were younger, it was many a Friday night that I spent in that place because that was where the kids always wanted to go on their night out. I will never forget the flat tasteless cardboard pizza, the sticky tables, the insipid stage shows with the robotic characters, the surly staff (who can blame them?) and the NOISE, NOISE, NOISE!

I'm convinced that the Grinch got that way because he worked in a Chuck E Cheese as a youth.

29 posted on 12/05/2008 2:38:14 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 87 days away from outliving John F. Kennedy)
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To: Ramius

“Dirt is good for kids. Builds up immunities.”


This is a point missed by many parents, in the present day world.

So much effort is expended keeping babies ‘sanitary’, and it’s the worst thing to do.

They end up being sickly adults, prone to allergies, colds, etc.

As children we were expected to have all kinds of ‘diseases’ as a child. Worry came about if a child didn’t get mumps, chickenpox, etc.

It is all about building up immunity, as you said.


30 posted on 12/05/2008 4:48:36 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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