As a kid growing up in the 1990s, I've attended my fair share of birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese's and even as an 8-year-old I thought to myself, "If I ever worked here, I would need a lifetime supply of Advil." Out of almost 800 reviews on Glassdoor, the place where "a kid can be a kid" only has a 2.9 star rating and 43 percent of employees would recommend working there.
According to an interview with a former employee published by Cracked, workers at Chuck E. Cheese's have to be vigilant at all times when it comes to child predators who frequently lurk outside of the restaurant and entertainment complex trying to lure kids.
It isn't just the pedophiles who make working at Chuck E. Cheese's difficult, it's the parents who get a little too rowdy. Chuck E. Cheese's does serve beer and sometimes parents have a little bit too much. In the interview the former employee described a scene right of a reality show, "We were having a birthday party at the restaurant. Out of nowhere, the parents start yelling and throwing punches at each other and the entire family erupts in a fight. They knock over all the tables in the surrounding birthday rows with food and drink flying everywhere. The cops were called, someone with a warrant was arrested, there was hair pulled out on the floor, it was a real mess. We were there until 1 a.m. scrubbing food out of the carpet."
If you're the lucky employee to wear the costume, you better stock up on Lysol, because it rarely gets washed — even when snot-nosed kids drool and spit up on it.