Chuck E. Cheese's is supposed to be a family friendly place where you can take your kids and let them run around like maniacs while you eat pizza and sigh with the other parents who are too tired to speak. But for some reason, some of the most insane things happen at Mr. Cheese’s restaurant. Most of the Chuck E. Cheese horror stories on this list sound like they’re straight out of a Law & Order writer’s nightmares, but they’re all true. You’re going to think twice about taking the family out for pizza and skee ball after reading about all of these horrible things that have happened at Chuck E. Cheese's.
For whatever reason, Chuck E. Cheese crimes tend to fall into some of the most violent and gross categories of unlawful offenses that exist. Whether it’s creepy dudes smoking heroin in the bathroom, or creepy dudes taking pictures of kids, all of these Chuck E. Cheese stories are definitely going to activate your ick factor. If there are any lessons to be learned from this list of true and terrible things that have happened at Chuck E. Cheese's, it’s that you should keep an eye on your kids, and never trust cartoon mice – no matter how cute they may be.
After you finish reading about all of these horrible crimes that took place at Chuck E. Cheese's, tell everyone about your own run-ins with Mr. Cheese. Did he take pity on you? Or did he make you clean the ball pit?
Man Picks Up the Wrong Child After Eating PizzaIt was bound to happen at least once, and in January 2016 a man literally picked up the wrong kid from Chuck E. Cheese's and almost walked away with him before realizing that he was holding the wrong child.
Skee Ball Fight Ends with Assault ChargesAfter a grown woman pushed a two year old who was playing skee ball, the two year old's mother decided to make things real and get into a fist fight with the other woman. The women fell into the skee ball machine and had to be broken up by the Chuck E. Cheese's staff.
Things Don't Go Well for Knife-Wielding Man in Chuck E. Cheese'sIf anything, this story of a man who tried to bring a knife into a children's restaurant and ended up catching a beat down from a local sheriff should serve as fable for all of those unhinged guys who think they'll be the one person who sneaks a knife into a children's birthday party.
Two Men Arrested for Smoking Heroin in Chuck E. Cheese's BathroomPhoto: Costa Mesa Police Department / Huffington PostMaybe these two guys didn't realize that Chuck E. Cheese's has skee ball, but in 2014 Collin Zborowski and Daniel Lubach were busted for smoking heroin in the bathroom of a Costa Mesa, CA location. A Chuck E. Cheese's spokesperson told the press, "We cannot begin to express the combination of sorrow and anger that we feel about adults engaging in this type of behavior in a children's establishment."