Chuck E. Cheese Gives Kid the Finger & Parents Another Reason to Avoid the Place

Chuck E. CheeseChuck E. Cheese is simultaneously the stuff of kids' dreams and parents' nightmares. From the loud, blaring lights and questionable crowds (there are brawls there, people) to those human hamster trails that contain things I don't want to think about, it's one big germ-ridden, overstimulating headache that I tolerate only when I absolutely must. A recent story gives me even more ammunition as to why we should avoid the place like the plague ... or perhaps makes me actually feel a certain fondness for the big dopey mouse -- I'm not sure which yet.

The article in The Consumerist shows a picture of Chuck E. with a 4-year-old boy named Corbin Anderson. It appears pretty clearly that the mouse is flipping the bird at someone.

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When his parents' checked out their party pics and saw the finger being given, they contacted the company's headquarters. Corbin's father, Jesse, said they were given a big corporate brush off. A spokesperson said the mouse did not misbehave and told the Las Cruces Sun-News:

He has big wide paws, like a glove, and they're lumpy and not clearly defined. His glove is a thumb and three fingers, so what you see is his index finger extended - not his middle finger.

I don't know. It looks pretty blatant to me, like some bored mouseketeer in there found a way to amuse himself. You have to wonder how many hundreds of kids' party pics have a mouse giving the finger -- which shouldn't be funny, but it kind of is.

Dad Jesse isn't as amused.

Why would you do that? If you don't like your job, there is somebody else out there who would love to do what you do. You can go somewhere else to flip somebody off. That's inappropriate.

Good point, but still, it's the first thing that's ever made me want to voluntarily go to Chuck E. Cheese -- so I can check out those fingers for myself.

Do you think Chuck E. Cheese is giving the finger? Does it make you any less (or more) likely to frequent the place?


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