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Thursday, May 19, 2011

defending the rat

Yesterday, it was Ronald McDonald.  Today, Chuck E. Cheese's.  Of course.  Didn't you know that the rat is in with the casinos?  Teach kids to gamble early and they'll be lifelong customers.  Sure.

I said it yesterday, and I'll say it again.  Parents need to step up and start saying no to their kids.  That's all there is to it.  Don't sue the corporations and mega-companies because you don't know how to parent.  Grow a pair of balls, people!

Personally, I love Chuck E. Cheese's.  I worked there as a teenager.  In fact, nearly everyone who works there is a teen, at least in my city.  I am ever-grateful to Randy for giving me a job when I had just learned how to drive. 

I am also grateful that he is still there, still open.  The restaurant on a hill (literally) is a super place to take the kids to blow off some steam for a couple of hours.  Yes, the pizza and drinks are incredibly over-priced.  But, they give away free tokens for good report cards!  Buy a $2 drink, turn in some grades, and kick back while the kiddos run off all their heathen-ism. 

As for the gambling-addiction thing?  Get over it.  Kids don't see it that way.  Yes, you're still throwing away money, but in a different sort of way.  Teach your kids right from wrong, model fiscal responsibility, and stick to your guns when you say, "No more."  One or two trips to Chuck E. Cheese's won't ruin them, but your over-indulgent parenting schemes may.


  1. Great points! I don't know why parents don't take responsibility for their own actions and those of their kids. Everything in moderation! Chuck E. Cheese and gambling? Yeah right!

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  3. I think people blow things out of proportion way to often. Such is life though. As long as there is something to scrutinize people will do it.

    I'm personally more afraid of Peter Piper Pizza and Chuck E Cheese for the germs than the gambling. Also, I do agree it's overpriced. But so is vegas.

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  5. Amen, sister! Parents need to grow a pair of balls and learn to say no. A trip to Chuck E. Cheese should be a special outing, not something kids expect on a regular basis.

  6. Hehehe I'm right there with ya--and the other comments too! I don't like going to either because of the icky-ness it makes me feel! lol

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  7. How awful! Pretty soon kids won't be able to go anywhere and have fun. I thought Chuck E Cheese was awesome when I was young, and honestly continued going there until I was about 21 years old (ski ball=awesome, and they have amazing bread sticks, and maybe I'm just weird. I did host our 10th grade homecoming dinner there.)

    Most of those games are just that: games. Its about making decisions about what will be worth your tokens, which games give you more tickets, geeze, in fact, from an adult pov, it teaches kids about fiscal responsibility and decision making. And for heavens sake, its fun!


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