I’m going to accept this as truth: Chuck E. Cheese is the most horrible place on earth. It’s dirty. The food consists of inedible plates of grease. That whole, “Where a kid can be a kid,” slogan really means, “Where your kids can behave like starving, wild animals fighting over scraps of food.” Who knew that Chuck E. Cheese could get any worse? But somehow it happened. An angry mother started waving a gun around and Chuck E. Cheese went from disgusting to terrifying.
The Huffington Post reports that a Connecticut woman, 30-year-old Tawana Bourne, was arrested after brandishing a gun during an argument with another mother at Chuck E. Cheese. According to reports, the women’s children got into fight over one of the games, leading the mothers to intervene and make things worse. Thankfully, no one was hurt during the incident.
Bourne has been charged with reckless endangerment, risk of injury to children, threatening and breach of peace. Perhaps most disturbing about this incident is the information that Tawana Bourne runs a non-profit organization in her community that works with parents on “crisis prevention and intervention.”
For Chuck E. Cheese’s part, they reiterated that their establishments are supposed to be gun-free zones. Their statement explained:
In all of our stores around the country we display very visible signs prohibiting entry with weapons or firearms without exception. While the patron in question has a valid State of Connecticut pistol permit, she was in clear violation of this order on private property and our staff acted accordingly.
I mean. I guess Chuck E. Cheese has one thing going for it? They don’t want their patrons, who will obviously be undergoing the emotional turmoil of spending time at Chuck E. Cheese, to bring firearms with them. That’s good.
I am wondering if brandishing your weapon violently at another human being over a couple of tokens is enough to get one’s pistol permit revoked in the state of Connecticut. I’m also hoping that no one in Bourne’s community comes looking to her non-profit for crisis prevention or intervention, given the fact that she believes violent force is an acceptable threat to a person whose kid wants on the mechanical fire truck as your’s.
All in all, we’re happy no one was hurt. But this just gives us one more acceptable excuse for lying to our children and telling them that Chuck E. Cheese closed a year ago.