December 9, 2008

Some adults get childish at Chuck E.

Executives at Chuck E. Cheese headquarters say fistfights are an anomaly at their kid-friendly U.S. restaurants although some police may disagree.

The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday law-enforcement officials across the United States have seen an increasing number of altercations among adults.

The biggest problem is you have a bunch of adults acting like juveniles, said Brookfield, Wis., Police Capt. Timothy Imler, who estimated about a dozen fights were reported at the local restaurant in the past two years. There's a biker bar down the street, and we rarely get calls there.

The Journal said officials observe the high-energy atmosphere at Chuck E. Cheese can become volatile when alcohol is added to the parental instinct to protect children they fear are being threatened.

Chuck E. Cheese said fights rarely occur at their 538 outlets; however, the Journal noted some restaurants have hired security guards, cut off the alcohol and established policies prohibiting gang attire.