Picture Chuck E Cheese and you think of a place full of screaming kids, germs and pizza, not a place that needs armed guards.
Chuck E Cheese's around the country have often turned into dangerous places.
In Brookfield, Wis., no restaurant has triggered more calls to the police department since last year than Chuck E. Cheese's.
Officers have been called to break up 12 fights, some of them physical, at the child-oriented pizza parlor since January 2007. The biggest melee broke out in April, when an uninvited adult disrupted a child's birthday party. Seven officers arrived and found as many as 40 people knocking over chairs and yelling in front of the restaurant's music stage, where a robotic singing chicken and the chain's namesake mouse perform.
In several cities police officers report that they make more calls to Chuck E Cheese than to local restaurants and even bars.
Law-enforcement officials say alcohol, loud noise, thick crowds and the high emotions of children's birthday parties make the restaurants more prone to disputes than other family entertainment venues.
So basically, drunk people combined with undisciplined kids equals an environment that's prone to problems.
I always knew there was a reason I hated that place.