Girl fight at Chuck E. Cheese

Filed under: Big Kids, Teens, Places To Go

The last time I visited Chuck E. Cheese (and I hope it really was the last time), I was surprised at the number of teenagers hanging out at the kid-themed pizza place. These older kids were rough and loud and ran around as if they owned the place. Ellie was intimidated by their behavior and none of us had a good time.

A Chuck E. Cheese in Gulfport, Mississippi had a similar situation last Saturday, but in that case things got way out of hand. After being dropped off by their parents, a group of 13 to 16-year-old girls got into what witnesses describe as a profanity-laced physical fight in the restaurant's lobby. There were more than a dozen teens involved and the police had to be called in to break it up.

To avoid this very thing, that particular Chuck E. Cheese bans anyone under the age of 18 from entering without a parent or guardian. As manager Stephen Chandler, says "We're not a day-care service." I guess somebody forget to tell these girls' parents that.

But here is my question: Chuck E. Cheese is a little kid place, right? Why would these teenagers even want to associate with a bunch of little tots having birthday parties and screaming fits in a jam-packed Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in the first place? When I was that age, I wouldn't have been caught dead in a place like that.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.