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Calling All Cars: Trouble at Chuck E. Cheese's, Again
The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 9, 2008 | Anna Prior

Posted on 12/09/2008 11:02:50 AM PST by Cecily

In Brookfield, Wis., no restaurant has triggered more calls to the police department since last year than Chuck E. Cheese's.

Officers have been called to break up 12 fights, some of them physical, at the child-oriented pizza parlor since January 2007. The biggest melee broke out in April, 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, where a robotic singing chicken and the chain's namesake mouse perform.

Chuck E. Cheese's bills itself as a place "where a kid can be a kid." But to law-enforcement officials across the country, it has a more particular distinction: the scene of a surprising amount of disorderly conduct and battery among grown-ups.

"The biggest problem is you have a bunch of adults acting like juveniles," says Town of Brookfield Police Capt. Timothy Imler. "There's a biker bar down the street, and we rarely get calls there."

It isn't clear exactly how often fights break out at Chuck E. Cheese's 538 locations. Richard Huston, executive vice president of marketing for the chain's parent company, CEC Entertainment Inc. of Irving, Texas, describes their occurrence as "atypical," saying he has heard of "four or five significant adult altercations" this year. But in some cities, law-enforcement officials say the number of disruptions at their local outlet is far higher than at nearby restaurants, and even many bars. "We've had some unfortunate and unusual altercations between adults at these locations," Mr. Huston says. "Even one is just way too many."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: beer; chuckecheese; crime
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Mama bear instinct + too much beer + frayed nerves caused by screaming/crying kids = Situation ripe for a brawl
1 posted on 12/09/2008 11:02:50 AM PST by Cecily
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To: Cecily

The problem is not with Chuck’s. It’s with the parents of the brats.


2 posted on 12/09/2008 11:04:41 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (liberalism = serious mental deficiency)
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To: Cecily

My brother and I told his son my nephew to Chucky Cheese at other table I saw argument between two divorece parents where brother in law pull out of knife


3 posted on 12/09/2008 11:06:36 AM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: Cecily
Chuck E. Cheese Hell by Tim Wilson
4 posted on 12/09/2008 11:07:01 AM PST by Constitution Day (Big Brotha Is Watching You)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

chucky cheese is evil.......run while you still can..(sarc)


5 posted on 12/09/2008 11:07:09 AM PST by OL Hickory (Where is the America I knew as a boy?)
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To: Cecily
"The biggest problem is you have a bunch of adults acting like juveniles," says Town of Brookfield Police Capt. Timothy Imler. "There's a biker bar down the street, and we rarely get calls there."

I just don't know what to say...

6 posted on 12/09/2008 11:07:28 AM PST by John123 (The US may be going down the drain, but everyone else will drown first...)
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To: Cecily

Officers have been called to break up 12 fights, some of them physical, at the child-oriented pizza parlor since January 2007.

SOME of them physical?

LOL

Yep...adults being good role models for their kids....


7 posted on 12/09/2008 11:07:36 AM PST by Adder (typical basicly decent bitter white person)
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To: Cecily
Officers have been called to break up 12 fights, some of them physical

Nothing worse than those non-physical stare-downs with some little brat's mother...

8 posted on 12/09/2008 11:07:46 AM PST by brewcrew
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To: Cecily

9 posted on 12/09/2008 11:08:26 AM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("I love democracy. I love Free Republic")
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To: Cecily

I would wonder what type of neighborhoods these altercations occur in, but then I don’t want to be called a racist, either.


10 posted on 12/09/2008 11:09:21 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (I'll give Obama the same amount of respect the left gave Bush)
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To: SevenofNine

My theory for some time is Chuck-E-Cheeses now exist mainly for the purposes of supervised visitation and parental custody exchanges.

An accidental buisness model, one thrust upon them as video games took over the arcade. They now deal with the consequences.

— lates
— jrawk


11 posted on 12/09/2008 11:09:24 AM PST by jrawk
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To: jrawk

I think you’re absolutely right. Sort of a transfer station for the single parents.


12 posted on 12/09/2008 11:11:12 AM PST by EggsAckley
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To: Cecily

At the CERTAIN risk of employing stereotypes ... there is demonstrably a certain racial/demographic group here in Ga. that patronizes those establishments and does not control their kids’ behaviours or their own.


13 posted on 12/09/2008 11:11:17 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

Naw, that’s the chuck e. Cheese in Tacoma. I recognise the bartender.

Nice guy. Hates pizza though...


14 posted on 12/09/2008 11:11:22 AM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in the 1930's.)
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To: reagan_fanatic
My little burg is adjacent to Brookfield, WI - Brookfield is upscale, suburban, affluent, mostly white, professionals.

And their brats.

15 posted on 12/09/2008 11:13:11 AM PST by brewcrew
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

>>The problem is not with Chuck’s. It’s with the parents of the brats.<<

Actually, I think the real clue is in this from the article:
>>biggest melee broke out in April, when an uninvited adult disrupted a child’s birthday party. <<

Translation: There are a lot of “ex-spouses” out there that don’t like being left out of their children’s events. CEC is one of the places where the proverbial rubber of our easy divorce nation meets the proverbial road.


16 posted on 12/09/2008 11:13:15 AM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in the 1930's.)
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To: Cecily
The last time I went to a Chuck E. Cheese's here in New Jersey, I assumed my kids and I were the only ones who weren't packing.

I decided to rename it Chuck D. Cheese's and never went back.

17 posted on 12/09/2008 11:13:39 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Cecily
I did combat duty overseas
Now I'm a bouncer at Chuck E Cheese
I think I'd rather spend a year in jail
Than another afternoon in Chuck E Cheese Hell
18 posted on 12/09/2008 11:14:08 AM PST by uglybiker (1f u c4n r34d th1s u r34lly n33d 2 g3t l41d)
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To: Cecily

A GOD forsaken place. I’ve been there once, never again.


19 posted on 12/09/2008 11:17:04 AM PST by ryan71
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To: Cecily
I think the solution is obvious.

Chuck E. Cheese should be banned.

20 posted on 12/09/2008 11:18:40 AM PST by libs_kma (F.U.B.O.)
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To: SevenofNine

thats crazy


21 posted on 12/09/2008 11:19:04 AM PST by al baby (Hi mom IF DA BIRTH PLACE IS A LIE, BEING DA PRESIDENT AIN'T GONNA FLY!)
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To: jrawk

Well the Chucky Cheese that I went too is kinda gangstra neighborhood you see bunch of gangstra looking people in restaurant I went too women with tatoos and children who screaming bloody murder


22 posted on 12/09/2008 11:19:38 AM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: dead

Was that the same Chuck’s where Plexico Burress vented his leg?


23 posted on 12/09/2008 11:20:20 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: al baby

AL Baby it is true storyyyy

I think one of Freeper is right Chucky E Cheese is like adjancet transer custory of rugrat to other parent


24 posted on 12/09/2008 11:21:58 AM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: AppyPappy

Yep, back back the dog fighting pit.


25 posted on 12/09/2008 11:22:29 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: reagan_fanatic
“I would wonder what type of neighborhoods these altercations occur in”

The one I went to was in a nice part of a nice town and it was terrible. It was like a scene from a post-nuclear war movie. Survival of the fittest. Kids, babies being mowed over for Chuckie tickets.

26 posted on 12/09/2008 11:22:41 AM PST by ryan71
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To: Cecily

I agree.

The whole place is a sensory overload, flashing lights, loud noises and bells going off non-stop, kids screaming, running around like packs of pizza-hungry wolves, and they serve booze. It’s set up to jangle the nerves of anyone over 8 years old.

I’m surprised there aren’t more fist fights. Heck, I’d probably start a fight to get out of that place. Given the option, I’d probably spend a night in the clink rather then Chuck E. Cheese’s, too.


27 posted on 12/09/2008 11:23:58 AM PST by retrokitten (I want to rock your gypsy soul, just like way back in the days of old- Into the Mystic)
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To: ryan71

here’s a look at THAT facility ...

http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&q=brookfield+wisconsin+chuck+e+cheese&fb=1&cid=0,0,18023029687101084858&sa=X&oi=local_result&resnum=1&ct=image


28 posted on 12/09/2008 11:24:11 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: Cecily

Pshaaww.

40 people.

600 music fans caught in wild brawl (australia)
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/12/08/1228584689416.html


29 posted on 12/09/2008 11:24:44 AM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: Cecily

We’re not supposed to discuss this because of who it is doing the brawling, but fighting at Chuck E. Cheese’s has passed from a phenomenon to a meme. Google “Chuck E. Cheese” and “fight” for the phenomenon. Check out YouTube for the meme in all of its splendor.


30 posted on 12/09/2008 11:24:49 AM PST by rogue yam
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To: SevenofNine

I was going to point out that it was divorced people, most of them fighting for custody or trying to show that they are the better parent so they can try to make the kids “choose” between parents.


31 posted on 12/09/2008 11:25:42 AM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: Constitution Day

LMAO!!!

Minivans full of mothers!
Hope Junior chokes on his whiffle ball!

ROFL!!


32 posted on 12/09/2008 11:25:44 AM PST by djf (...heard about a couple livin in the USA, he said they traded in their baby for a Chevrolet...)
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To: retrokitten
The whole place is a sensory overload, flashing lights, loud noises and bells going off non-stop, kids screaming, running around like packs of pizza-hungry wolves, and they serve booze. It’s set up to jangle the nerves of anyone over 8 years old.

Apart from the kids, it sounds exactly like Las Vegas. Only Vegas has even more booze.

33 posted on 12/09/2008 11:25:46 AM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: weegee

LMAO

Their booze is free.


34 posted on 12/09/2008 11:27:05 AM PST by retrokitten (I want to rock your gypsy soul, just like way back in the days of old- Into the Mystic)
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To: RobRoy
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NAILED IT !!!!

35 posted on 12/09/2008 11:29:10 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Never underestimate the ability of a liberal to deny reality and attempt to change the rules to do s)
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To: Cecily

Imagine the kids sitting around and witnessing all this.


36 posted on 12/09/2008 11:31:33 AM PST by Scythian
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To: SevenofNine

You may have hit on the reason this is occurring. Divorced parents and their families getting together, maybe for the first time in years, for the kids birthday. Having had our daughters party there this past Spring I can relate. My psycho ex showed up, of course I’m way to civilized to get in a fight at my daughters Bday party. These people need to take their stuff out into the parking lot. lol


37 posted on 12/09/2008 11:31:52 AM PST by east1234 (It's the borders stupid! My new enviromentalist inspired tagline: cut, kill, dig and drill)
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To: Blueflag

The culprits must be the GE Medical field engineers getting liquored up...LOL


38 posted on 12/09/2008 11:32:28 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Never underestimate the ability of a liberal to deny reality and attempt to change the rules to do s)
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To: Cecily
I heard this morning on the WSJ Report that over 70% of Chucky Cheese restaurants serve beer. What a great idea, watch your kids play while you drink a few pitchers, then drive your little ones home...
39 posted on 12/09/2008 11:32:43 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Cecily

It has long been my opinion that Chuck E. Cheese is nothing more than a casino for kids. It always brings out the worst in children and their parents.

I was just thinking about it one day and it occured to me... Las Vegas/Atlantic City for kids... flashing lights, ringing bells, clammoring for tokens and tickets... cheap entertainment... expensive and bad food... it’s all there!

Kiddie casino... train them up and one day they will be sitting in a real casino, sucking down beer and feeding coins in a machine waiting for the big payoff...
sad really...


40 posted on 12/09/2008 11:33:07 AM PST by 4BoysMom (Doing much better than I deserve by the grace of God)
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To: Scythian
Hit this

LINK


41 posted on 12/09/2008 11:34:02 AM PST by Scythian
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To: Adder

You don’t need a license to breed.


42 posted on 12/09/2008 11:34:11 AM PST by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Which neighborhoods would those be?


43 posted on 12/09/2008 11:35:32 AM PST by mysterio
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Free Riders!!


44 posted on 12/09/2008 11:35:46 AM PST by Hoodlum91 (There's a strange odor coming from the White House. Smells like BO.)
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To: Scythian

45 posted on 12/09/2008 11:35:49 AM PST by Scythian
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To: weegee

Let’s see... you get a rockin’ band and your selling selling pitchers of beer to anxious single-again dads in a party house full of MILFs?... Well, it’s just a matter of time.


46 posted on 12/09/2008 11:37:09 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Cecily

Over the years , there have been several postings of melees at CEC’s across the nation. Proceed to CEC at your own risk.


47 posted on 12/09/2008 11:38:22 AM PST by csvset
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To: reagan_fanatic

The Chuck E. Cheese in Fresno is in an upscale part of town. A few months ago there was a fatal shooting outside the place.

My theories:

1. My personal observation is that CEC has become the venue of choice for many on the lower end of society (thugs). And thugs will do what thugs do where ever they are.

2. We have many families with ex-husbands/boyfriends/live-ins/in-laws/out-laws and what not hovering around the single mom headed households. Many times these chicks have extremely poor judgements in who should be the father figueres in there kids lives.

3. Stir in a liberal dose of bad feelings all around.

4. Bake in an oven of nonstop noise, flashing lights and screaming brats.


48 posted on 12/09/2008 11:38:32 AM PST by gracie1
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To: dead

Somehow, I just can’t see people brawling over a side bet at Skee Ball. How many tickets do you need to get a box cutter?

Forget pay-per-view MMA. I’ll just go to Chuckee’s and watch baby daddy and momma’s boyfriend duke it out.


49 posted on 12/09/2008 11:39:13 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Constitution Day

I’ll never forget the first time I heard that on the radio. Darned near had a wreck.


50 posted on 12/09/2008 11:39:27 AM PST by GoDuke
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