Chuck E. Cheese Lawsuit Mom Is Hero of Parents Everywhere


Chuck E. CheeseMoms, gather round. It's time to crown a new hero in the mom world. Her name is Denise Keller, and she is the mom at the heart of a class action lawsuit against the scourge of parents everywhere: Chuck E. Cheese.

The mom of two claims that the ratholes popular party spots for tots are operating illegal gambling businesses with most of the games inside almost impossible to win -- whether you're 4 or 44. Says the lawsuit:

Many games found at Chuck E. Cheese’s’s restaurants are illegal gambling devices that require little or no skill and are predominantly games of chance, much like a roulette wheel.

She's got a point. When the only thing louder than the cacophony of ringing and clanging from the games and the shrieking of other kids is your own little darling crying hysterically because he/she can't win one darn thing, all YOU want to do is play a stupid game and get a few tickets so you can let your kid pick up their piece of plastic junk and you can get yourself to somewhere more pleasant, somewhere with wine. But when the games are so flipping difficult even YOU, with decades on the little monkeys, can't manage to get the ball in the hole, you know something is wrong.

But let's say she's wrong. That the games aren't rigged. That it's just your klutzy fingers, not some ultimate conspiracy. I'm going to go out on a limb and bet that there's a whole cluster of parents like me, parents who don't even care that Keller's lawsuit is kind of dumb, that it's probably just another frivolous lawsuit clogging up the courts, that some people will find cause to cast Keller's move as everything that is wrong with America.

We are the parents who won't set foot in Chuck E. Cheese without half a bag on. Parents who plead and cajole when a birthday party invite comes in, offering the kid a boat, a house, anything but a trip to the one place guaranteed to make our blood pressure shoot higher than even our mother-in-law can push it. Keller is my hero because she's willing to take on an American institution that is destroying parents' souls, one piece of cardboard with oily cheese at a time.

So tell me, is Keller a hero or everything that's wrong with America? Really?


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momma... mommamia007

I don't really think she is a hero. My dad traveled a lot and so I have been to my share of CEC and some were unwinable and served crappy food, but there was also a good number of the ones that I still love today, all 5 of my siblings and me would win thousands of tickets and eat until our heart was content. I have a 3 year old daughter and I do go to a CEC beforehand get a pizza and a couple of tokens to "test it out" before I take her. I feel like they are just like any other establishment there are some good ones and there are some bad.

nurse... nursesharon she going to sue the grocery store, too for having the machine with the claw that rarely picks up the toys there?  Do what I do....  If you don't want to lose your money, then don't put it in the coin slot....can we say "Accountability"....

buffa... buffalove23

Get a grip. It's called now we teach our kids everyone must be a winner. All this woman is is sue happy

hotic... hoticedcoffee

I think BOTH Keller and CEC are examples of what's wrong with America.  Keller, for launching yet another whiney lawsuit based on the fact that a parent can't say "no" to their kid(s).  CEC, for being the 4 circle of Hell, and still turning a profit.

Gigan... GigantaursMommy

I agree with mommamia not all CEC's are bad. We have one about 45 minutes away from my house and it's prety fun as long as you go during the day when no one else is there. There are a few games of chance that I'm pretty sure are impossible to win but there are many others that are just fun games like water pistols and "street hoops" . I think this woman just lives near a bad establishment it's not necessarily all CEC's in the country.

jeann... jeannesager

hoticedcoffee, I can agree with you there ;).

Jamie Metzger-Maxaner

Na i agrre with this mother, why would you teach kids everyone is a winner if no one can win this place is never clean food is horrid and over priced, the plae always has half the things not working and so on, its a dump if u ask me, that y i wont give them a dime i would rather take my kid tro a place worth the money and will actully do something good for my childs mind!


nonmember avatar aviva

Thus far, my four-year-old has never been to "Donald's," (as he calls it -- of course he's noticed the place because of the multi-colored playgrounds in front) or Chuck E. Cheese. (The closest he's been to a fast-food joint is Dunkin' Donuts, where we've gotten donut holes, Au Bon Pain, and a burrito place or two (NOT Taco Bell!).) I hope to hold out as long as possible on these places. If he were invited to a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheap, I would decline. Sound mean? I want nothing to do with the place. Fortunately, thus far, his friends' parents have better taste than that.

angev... angevil53

what a joke, if you don't like the place don't go back. just bc your kid whines at you about going doesn't mean you have to take them. i have only been to chuck e cheese once in my life and wont go back. she needs to get over herself. if this lawsuit works in her favor i'd be surprised considering they provide entertainment like many boardwalks and amusement parks do.

nonmember avatar jen

we recently brought our daugther to a CEC becuase I had fond memories of it as a kid. But when we got there the service was bad and half the games weren't working. Lets just say I must have imagined the fun I had there as a kid becuase after that experience I will not take my daughter their again.

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