Where a Kid Can Be a… Kid/Delinquent/Frat Pledge

Last week it was released to the public that an employee of the Chuck E. Cheese pizza place in Batavia, IL was cited for selling alcohol to minors in the eatery (original seen on the American Princess blog):
A suburban Chuck E. Cheese is in hot water after an employee was caught selling alcohol to a minor…

The family entertainment center that uses the advertising slogan, “where a kid can be a kid” was ticketed earlier this month during a routine alcohol compliance operation in west suburban Batavia.

The Chuck E. Cheese restaurant at 511 N. Randall Rd. and El Taco Grande at 1890 Mill St., both in Batavia, is licensed to sell beer.

Detective Shawn Mazza says a Chuck E. Cheese worker allegedly sold to an underage police decoy. The state sometimes sends in high school and college students undercover to check establishments to make sure they are not selling alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.

Mazza says he was astonished the incident happened given that most of the customers were parents with young kids.“I would say that the night of the compliance check when they failed to comply I was surprised by that, as was the rest of the team” said Mazza.

Because of the incident, the Chuck E. Cheese worker will have to appear in court and the liquor license holder will be summoned before the local liquor commission where they could be fined or face a license suspension…
The editor for the Chicagoist website adds this:

…Our favorite kid-friendly spot has seen its share of scandals in the last year or so. In February a woman filed a lawsuit against the Oak Lawn Chuck E. Cheese, claiming that the franchise was responsible for injuries her child sustained in the play area because there were too many kids in it.

In Dec. 2008, the Wall Street Journal reported on how often fights break out at Chuck E. Cheeses around the nation, including a particularly brutal brawl in Brookfield, Wis., last April that involved 40 people. These incidences of violence have cause many locations to stop serving alcohol and to hire armed security guards…
I remember during my patrol days, during a pre-shift briefing, one of the supervisors read an extra patrol due to gang activity at Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza. Amidst all of the laughter, I immediately thought about how much street credibility that “gang members” could possibly have who were concerned with marking the skee-ball and dancing mouse stage as their turf.


mappchik said...

I'm torn.

It's great the police are checking.

It's also very sad that the center might lose it's license... think of all the parents trapped in that swirling vortex of sugar-crazed kids, without a beer to numb the pain caused by incessant bells and whistles of electronic games, loud pop music and screaming 4-6 year olds.

Expat From Hell said...

I agree with mappchick. CEC's beer was the only thing that got me through the experience with my two kids.
To make matters worse, our oldest decided to RETURN to CEC for her 21st birthday so SHE could enjoy beer there with all of us.
Let the vatos have the place.

Slamdunk said...

I don't want a law preventing them from selling, but I think if CeC's business marketing pitch is "hey we are family oriented first," but they feature regular drunken adult brawls, then perhaps the brew or the theme needs to go (at least bring in some violent video games or something).