Mom Sues Chuck E. for Fostering Gambling

Kiddie pizza parlor accused of having ‘casino-style’ devises

By Bruce Felps
|  Monday, May 16, 2011  |  Updated 11:09 PM CDT
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A California mother is suing Chuck E. Cheese's, alleging the pizza-party giant teaches its young customers to gamble.

Ellen Goldberg, NBCDFW.com

A California mother is suing Chuck E. Cheese's, alleging the pizza-party giant teaches its young customers to gamble.

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by Bruce Felps

From today’s Are You Freakin’ Kidding Me Department files: Dallas-based Chuck E. Cheese faces a lawsuit in which it’s named as a gambling house for kids, sorry, an alleged gambling house for kids.

Yup, according to an article published Saturday on the AOL Weird News page, a San Diego mom of children, ages 3 and 5, one Debbie Keller, claims the kiddie pizza parlor promotes gambling and future addiction to said gambling with the arcade games — some supposedly resembling slot machines and roulette wheels — kids love to play.

Her suit claims $5 million in damages — and that will get you a boatload of game tokens — but her attorney, of course, said it’s not about the money. Smell that? A male bovine just defecated in San Diego.

“We don’t think that children should be exposed to casino-style gambling devices at an arcade,” attorney Eric Benink said.

About, oh I dunno, 40 million parents nationwide who take their little darlings to run amok at Chuck E. Cheese each weekend, month, year, something, would disagree. A fellow San Diego mom ranks among them.

“Check E. Cheese’s serves beer and pizza and they watch your kids for two hours,” Morgan Quinn Benzian said in the AOL article. “[Keller] better not [intercourse] it up for the rest of us.”

So, Ms. Keller, there, by way of friendly, thinly veiled suggestion, 40 million parents think that if you have a problem forking over a few quarters for the Cheese games perhaps you and your little wagering brood should not freaking go to Chuck E. Cheese anymore.

Now, isn’t that simple?


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He avoids Chuck E. Cheese. Damn kids hog all the blackjack tables.
 

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