In re. the fracas last week at a Chuck E. Cheese in Memphis, Richard Montenegro Brown of the Imperial Valley (Calif.) Press is not surprised:
It's not difficult to understand why a near riot broke out in a Memphis Chuck E Cheese this week after a man punched a woman in line at the photo booth. How there isn't some kind of violent assault at each and every restaurant throughout the country each and every minute it's open to the public baffles me.UPDATE: I never imagined what a phenomenon this is. Violence is widespread at Chuck E. Cheese locations. A commenter passed along a link about a shots-fired brawl at a Chuck E. Cheese in Toledo, and my friend E.J. Friedman sent me a link to a 2008 Wall Street Journal story about fights at Chuck E. Cheeses all over the country ("Calling All Cars: Trouble at Chuck E. Cheese's, again").
Fights among guests are an issue for all restaurants, but security experts say they pose a particular problem for Chuck E. Cheese's, since it is designed to be a haven for children. Law-enforcement officials say alcohol, loud noise, thick crowds and the high emotions of children's birthday parties make the restaurants more prone to disputes than other family entertainment venues.