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Possible Future Verdict? "We Find For Mr. Cheese."

By Karl Klockars in News on Feb 27, 2009 9:40PM

"First they came for the ball pits, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't in the ball pits..."; Photo by pinprick
This is why we can't have nice things...or even slides at our Chuck E. Cheeses. Gerrhonda Stevens filed a lawsuit yesterday charging Mr. Cheese et al with causing injuries that resulted in the loss of her daughter's "ability and capacity to attend to most social, school and personal activities." Bummer. What happened? From Chicago Breaking News:

In her lawsuit filed in Cook County circuit court, Gerrhonda Stevens alleges her daughter, then 5, was at an Oak Lawn franchise, 4030 W. 95th St., which allowed too many children, including older kids, in an "enclosed tunnel" play area. Her daughter exited the tunnel on a slide, followed by an "excess number" of bigger and older kids, who then fell atop her.

Ms. Stevens is seeking damages in excess of $50k, though the specifics of her daughter's injuries aren't known.

The three bigger questions that emerge from this are: There are still Chuck E. Cheeses around? And why aren't there more lawsuits swirling around out there charging Mr. Cheese with being freaky as shit? Those animatronics are the stuff nightmares are made of. Finally, parents: do you consider a school trip to a pizza joint with skeeball (which this was) as a worthwhile activity? We went to Brookfield Zoo in the 1st grade which was awesome, but at least that was educational when we watched the polar bears "do it."