Chuck E. Cheese Kid Check Not So Effective

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A photo of the Chuck E. Cheese mascotI, like most parents, have experienced the horror that is Chuck E. Cheese -- the restaurant-slash-playground that features kid-sized Habitrails, video games, and something that could, if one were feeling generous, be likened to pizza. Regardless of what parents might think of the place, kids seem to enjoy it.

The times we've had to go (for birthday parties and the like), I've kept a close eye on my kids to make sure that they aren't bothering anyone else, that no one bothers them, and that they don't get lost or hurt. Still, when they disappear into those big, generally opaque tubes, it can be difficult to keep track of them. That's why I've been glad they have their kid check system in place. Everyone in a group gets stamped with a number and kids are not allowed to leave unless they're with an adult with the same number. At least, that's the way it works in theory.

A television station in San Antonio, Texas, acting on a tip from a viewer, tested the system at the five Chuck E. Cheese locations in the area. Of those, four allowed a child to leave with someone other than the adult that brought them. I'm sure that the restaurants in question will tighten up their security and that there will likely be a memo sent to all the stores, but the lesson here is don't count on the kid check program. Keep your eyes on your kids.

Should you be able to rely on the Kid Check system?
Yes, if they advertise it, they need to make sure it works2334 (28.8%)
Sure, I appreciate the added level of security705 (8.7%)
Not really; I don't think anyone really puts any faith in it552 (6.8%)
No, it's my responsibility to watch my kid4507 (55.7%)

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