(Closed) People who have a Chuck E. Cheese…. is yours, well… skeevy?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What's your Chuck E. Cheese like?

    I wouldn't go to mine if someone paid me 1 million dollars... its SCARY!

    Mine's whatever

    Mine is great! Fun place for kids and family. No trouble.

  • Post # 17
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    YEs!! The parents are always fist fighting in the parking lot.  Crazy at a kids party.  My friend worked as Chuck E. when we were younger and she said the parents were 10Xs worse than the kids. 

    Post # 18
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Despite several visits to the US, this “Chuck E. Cheeze” establishment appears to have passed me by. Do they not have much of a presence in the Northwest? And is it like a seriously downmarket version of McDonalds? 

    Post # 19
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    The only one I know of was in a good part of town.  I haven’t been inside of it in decades though so I couldn’t say if it’s sketchy inside or not or if the customers are…

    Post # 20
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

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    @Steampunkbride:  

    They’re arcades for kids that sell pizza and similar things for food.  I haven’t been to one since I was ten years old.

    Post # 21
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    @Steampunkbride:  They are not as popular in the North west but not impossible to find. Parents order cheap pizza (cheap in quality but not in price), drinks, and whatever else while kids play on indoor jungle gyms. Then you can go and purchase tokens for the kids to use on arcade games, little rides, or photo booths. Some chuck E. cheeses are really nice and kept clean but others are really dirty and scary. It depends on the families and area but it is really just a childrens novelty.

    Kids play games with their tokens and collect tickets from their winnings so that they can buy something in the prize store. Usually the end result is a hyped up child with a sick belly.  

    Post # 22
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

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    @beetee123:  Some apparently do.  My sister and her friend went to celebrate on of their birthdays.  They weren’t allowed in.  They weren’t going to act out or anything, they just wanted to have some silly fun and do some bowling and stuff.

    Post # 23
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I wouldn’t say scary, maybe more trashy?

    Post # 24
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    Blushing bee

    @Sunnyday278:  OMG I grew up in Harrisburg (I live in Mechanicsburg now) and I know the Chuck E. Cheese you are talking about! It’s insane! I was invted to a friend’s kid’s birthday party there a few years ago and it was fine, but I was definitely skeeved out by the idea of actually going in there when they constantly have cops all around that place (and the Gabriel Brothers in the same strip mall, haha!). It was never sketchy like that when I used to go there as a kid.

     

    Post # 26
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

    I think that because they serve alcohol it definitely attracts the wrong crowd. Like seriously, it’s people with kids that get together and day drink while their kids go off and play. It’s like a bar for lazy parents. There is one in the town I grew up in and it’s skeevy. I just asked FH what he thought about it and he just informed me that when we were 6, there was a gang shooting there – he pulled up the old newspaper article (2 shot and killed). 

    Post # 27
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    Blushing bee

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    @Sunnyday278:  I’m sure you’re right. There is definitely SOMETHING going on there. There’s been an increase in crime, and now a lot of the more “suburban” areas of Harrisburg are even seeing some of the crime that was typically more common within the city limits. It has definitely spread. I moved to the West Shore over the summer to move in with my Fiance and I can definitely tell a difference between shopping/dining over here versus in Hbg. But from reading these other posts, it sounds like the Hbg Chuck E. Cheese is not unique!

    Post # 28
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    When I was nannying last year, I took the kids to a Chuck E. Cheese. It was alright. The building was a bit old and run down, but inside was fine, and the surrounding area was fine. They stamped my hand and the kids’ hands with a blacklight number, which was checked upon leaving, so no one could walk out with my kids. I liked that. It meant they could run around the place, and I didn’t have to worry.

    Post # 30
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

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    @Sunnyday278:  Interesting. Ours definitely serves alcohol, and you have to have someone in your party that’s 21 to even get a table there. They serve pitchers of beer, and I think maybe a few other things. I could never believe that it was a kid’s gaming place/restaurant and so many wasted parents would be there! I went once for a classmate’s bday party and there was literally a few drunk families in there.

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