Chuck E Cheese's likes to tout itself as a place where "a kid can be a kid." On Saturday, it was the adults who misbehaved.
A heated argument at the restaurant's Amherst location on Harlem Road escalated into a physical melee involving about a half-dozen young adults, most of whom appeared to be teenage girls who are seen repeatedly pummeling each other and pulling hair.
The fight was captured on a cellphone and spread quickly and widely via social media. By Monday afternoon, a post on Facebook from 16 hours earlier had been viewed more than 320,000 times and shared more than 6,000 times.
The fight lasted about a minute, with one person even throwing a booster seat across the room, before red-shirted restaurant employees and other bystanders were able to break it up.
Company officials said the store manager "acted quickly and local police were contacted and arrived immediately." The short video does not show the arrival of the police, and officials did not say if anyone had been arrested.
“We want to assure parents and caregivers that we take great measures to protect the experience children and families have in our restaurants, and maintaining a safe experience for our guests and staff is a primary concern for us, just as it is top-of-mind for the families and parents who visit us," said Christelle Dupont, a spokeswoman for Irving, Texas-based CEC Entertainment Inc., the parent company of Chuck E. Cheese's.
"In the interest of our guests, we are working with the police fully during their ongoing investigation and therefore cannot offer more detail at this time.”