In California, Denise Keller, says she is trying to keep children safe from gambling. The mother of two daughters has filed a class action against Chuck E. Cheese for games that she says is just a form of toddler gambling. Before those five-year-olds turn “whac-a-Mole” into whacking mob moles, Keller wants the chain to held liable for violating California’s gambling laws. She even found a lawyer in such a Quixotic lawsuit, attorney Eric Benink.
I am personally tired of getting muscled from those CEC heavies whenever one of the kids wins big at the gaming room. “Where A Kid Can Be A Kid”? More like where a mark can be a mark.
I know that many will view these games as just harmless fun but they fail to see the daisy-chain of token games leading to more serious crimes like insider baseball card trading and lunch money loan sharking. It is the very problem found in Riverside (not Riverside California, but it could be any day now):
There is no indication that Keller is a band leader. She is a real estate agent. She is however asking for damages and restitution of at least $5 million.
Chuck E Cheese lawyers (presumably costumed figures with giant heads) insist that the lawsuit should be dismissed without even tickets for Keller to redeem from some token toys. They have added that, even if this were considered gambling, Keller comes to court with dirty hands as an admitted participant in the alleged illegal activity.
While many may question this lawsuit, the video below from a Chuck E. Cheese in New York may change your opinion. After this scene, Marlon Brando redeemed his tickets for the actual souls of the other kids:
Source: San Diego