The restaurant chain Chuck E. Cheese advertises itself as a place “where a kid can be a kid,” but that only works when adults choose to be adults.
That wasn’t the case at a Chuck E. Cheese in Miami on Saturday, when several sets of parents got into a mass brawl, complete with screaming, pushing, shoving and hair-pulling, according to witnesses.
No, it wasn’t over the quality of the pizza.
Krystel Jimenez, a 16-year-old who captured the melee on her phone, said one brawler told her the fighting started “because one person was looking at them and instigating a problem then they went up to them and their families got involved,” according to The Miami Herald.
Another witness told Fox13 Miami the fight “lasted 10 minutes until the cops came, and all the kids were running away.”
A Chuck E. Cheese’s spokesperson issued a statement on Monday saying the battle erupted when “an argument between two guests escalated into a physical altercation,” according to WSVN-TV. “The store manager acted quickly and local police were contacted and arrived immediately.”
Miami police said they were unable to comment until the bureau chief turns in a report.
For a restaurant chain that prides itself on family fun, Chuck E. Cheese has had its share of adult misbehavior.
In March 2015, at least five people attacked employees at a Parma, Ohio, Chuck E. Cheese because of a malfunctioning photo booth. In July 2013, a Chuck E. Cheese on Long Island, New York, had a battle worthy of Wrestlemania in which a woman brawler managed to throw punches while holding a child.