The fight began between two children. Their families intervened, but not to do anything ridiculous like “break up the argument” or “set a good example.” No, the brawl between families escalated.
“Food was flying, and drinks,” one participant told TV station WBBH. “Then [an adult] took the metal thing off the table and threw it.” When one person involved in the brawl used pepper spray, deploying the substance in such close quarters affected everyone nearby.
Most of the participants had already fled by the time police arrived, and management threw anyone else involved out.
“We are deeply saddened that individuals would choose to behave in this manner in front of children and families,” Chuck E. Cheese said in a statement about the incident. “We take altercations in our stores very seriously and have spent more than $15 million to date on measures to help ensure the safety of our guests.”
If you’re thinking that you’ve heard this story before, maybe you’re thinking about the 30-person brawl over prize tickets in Chicago back in October, or maybe you’re remembering a brawl over ticket exchanges at a Wisconsin Chuck E. Cheese back in July that also involved pepper spray.