Lots of kids, tokens, games, furry creatures and pizza…what could go wrong? Pretty much everything.
In 1993 Nathan Dunlap was frustrated after being fired from his job at Chuck E. Cheese’s, so five months later he returned to the restaurant, hid in the bathroom, and after they were closed for the evening he shot five of his ex-coworkers, injuring four of them. Dunlap is still on death row.
After being told to “tone it down” by a manager, a 12-person brawl broke out after two women bumped into each other. No children were injured during the incident and police have not made any arrests.
Straight from the nightmare files comes this story about Robert Dustin Weber, a 44-year-old man who was sentenced to 18 years in prison after he repeatedly sexually assaulted a 3-year-old girl who was playing in the crawl tubes of a Chuck E. Cheese’s play area.
In 2015 a 63-year-old woman drove her car into a ditch and hit a telephone pole causing the tires to fly off her car and go through the window of a nearby Chuck E. Cheese’s, injuring three kids who were treated on the scene.
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In Parma, OH, five Chuck E. Cheese’s employees were viciously attacked by a group of people who were angry over a malfunctioning photo machine. One of the employees said that he was slammed into a table and was on the receiving end of an uppercut from one of the customers. By the time the police arrived the vicious mob had run away.
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In 2014, Steven Sherwood was arrested for sexually assaulting 11 young girls between the ages of 5 and 15, who he routinely brought to Chuck E. Cheese’s and their local library. Allegedly, Sherwood threatened to kill the girls’ parents if they didn’t go along with him.
While visiting Chuck E. Cheese’s with two children, Wanda Jackson attempted to steal another woman’s phone and got into a fight over the piece of tech. The police report says that the victim spit in Jackson’s face and that’s when things got hairy. Jackson was charged with third-degree assault.
t was bound to happen at least once, and in January 2016 a man literally picked up the wrong kid from Chuck E. Cheese’s and almost walked away with him before realizing that he was holding the wrong child.
In 2012, Kenneth D. McGhee was arrested for child molestation after he exposed himself under a table at Chuck E. Cheese’s, masturbating in the company of minors. One of the children’s mothers caught McGhee and alerted authorities immediately.
After a grown woman pushed a two year old who was playing skee ball, the two year old’s mother decided to make things real and get into a fist fight with the other woman. The women fell into the skee ball machine and had to be broken up by the Chuck E. Cheese’s staff.
This guy tried to bring a knife into a children’s restaurant and was caught and taken down by the local sheriff.
In 2014 Collin Zborowski and Daniel Lubach were busted for smoking heroin in the bathroom of a Costa Mesa, CA location. A Chuck E. Cheese’s spokesperson told the press, “We cannot begin to express the combination of sorrow and anger that we feel about adults engaging in this type of behavior in a children’s establishment.”
In 2015, Arieon Demico Ford brought a gun to a one year old girl’s birthday party and shot at four people. One of them, the girl’s grandfather, was struck three times but made a full recovery. When Ford was caught he was charged with four counts of first-degree assault and four counts of armed criminal action.
In 2012, two parents suffered one of the biggest scares of their life when they saw their daughter reported as missing on the local news. The girl, Harmony, arrived at the pizzeria with four adults and 10 children, but stayed inside after everyone left. She was released into the custody of her mother almost immediately after the news report aired.
In Indiana, Chuck E. Cheese’s employees were paying attention and caught a suspicious looking fellow taking pictures of children. When the police arrived on the scene the suspect tried to run away but was “tackled down by at least a dozen cops.”
KOMO News in Seattle reported that Charles W. Elias, a man from Olympia, WA, used three children, aged 7, 8, and 10 to help him steal 15- 20 purses at a selection of area Chuck E. Cheese’s. Elias was later arrested in connection with the theft but police haven’t released how he knew the children.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the San Francisco franchises of Chuck E. Cheese’s have beenfined at least $28,000 for allowing 16 young workers to operate on-site trash compactors and allowing two minors to run a dough-mixing machine illegally.
At a Chuck E. Cheese’s in Belleville, IL, a child found a baggy containing a “white substance” on the carousel at the pizzeria. The mother of the child said management refused to call the police when they were presented with the powder and that the manager asked her to throw the baggy away. Problem solving at its finest!
In 2011, Robert Herrera gunned down 29-year-old Daniel Villanueva after the two got into an argument over a parking spot at the children’s restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. Herrera’s sister, Heira, was arrested the following day.
In 2009 the children’s pizzeria came under fire when one of the employees who was dressed as the restaurant’s mascot, the titular Mr. Cheese, groped a mother who was the restaurant with her child. “He looked at her, reached out, grabbed her breast and moved along,” said Mark Potashnick, the mother’s attorney. “Her jaw dropped in shock and disgust.”
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A Chuck E. Cheese’s in suburban Pittsburgh turned into Thunderdome when a fight involving as many as 50 people broke out. It appeared to have started outside the restaurant when the father of a young boy got into an argument with his girlfriend. The girlfriend then went back inside and started arguing with the boy’s mother. Someone apparently threw a punch, and a massive brawl started. Police from all over the area came in to break up the fight, and one of the women was arrested.