Miss. police break up brawl at Chuck E. Cheese


The Associated Press

GULFPORT, Miss.— Police were called to break up a weekend fight among a rowdy group of teenage girls at the family-themed pizza restaurant, Chuck E. Cheese.

The more than a dozen girls, between 13 and 16 years old, went berserk in the restaurant's lobby Saturday night, police said.

Witnesses said the fight erupted with two girls using profanities near the front entrance and ended with several girls involved in a physical fight.

The group had apparently been dropped off and left alone at the restaurant, known for its singing and dancing animatronic rodents.

Assistant Police Chief Alfred Sexton said the incident wasn't the first time Chuck E. Cheese was nearly overrun by unruly teens.

"There was a similar incident there awhile back, and we also had that same issue at Cinemark, and (management) decided to start restricting who they allowed in at certain times," Sexton said.

In March 2006, Cinemark, the mega-theater chain of nearly 3,600 screens in 38 states, established a policy barring teens under 17 at its local Crossroads location and several other U.S. theaters after 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays without a parent, no matter the movie rating.

Cinemark said it received numerous e-mails from adult moviegoers asking for a designated adults-only movie time.

Stephen Chandler, who manages the Chuck E. Cheese location at Crossroads, said the restaurant bans anyone under 18 from entering without a parent or guardian.

"We're not a day-care service," he said in a http://www.sunherald.com article.

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