Oh boy: Woman sues Chuck E. Cheese for getting hit by a stray air hockey puck

Shaggy February 20, 2010 5


The other day I came across an article about some people who got into a fight at Chuck E. Cheese again, this time over a dispute at a vending machine. I decided not to post it because it isn’t anything new – we have covered the stupidity that some people display when they are at CEC before and it’s usually the same story.

But thanks to this news today, I had a reason to discuss the story above. At least the news today is something different, something that involves a lawsuit instead of a brawl. A woman who was hit on the head by a stray air hockey puck is suing Chuck E. Cheese’s – not the person who hit the puck too hard but the company who hosted the air hockey table. According to the news report, she is suing because she got hit in the head which then caused “a head injury and memory loss.” She claims that CEC is at fault because they didn’t setup adequate protection between the booth and the air hockey table. The puck in use was also claimed to be larger than the standard puck seen on air hockey tables, which would be unusual for a place like CEC to use on their tables – unless of course the person playing was using their own puck for some reason. Who knows if we will hear how this case turns out but what are your thoughts? CEC doesn’t have a comment yet so the news story only covers the woman’s side of it; Puck’s will only fly off a table when hit in a certain way – usually with too much force and at a certain angle. If the puck in this case was indeed a professional puck that is heavier than a standard puck then it would require even more effort to send flying off the table. I certainly don’t appreciate it when players get too violent with the game but my own air hockey table isn’t anywhere near where a person would be sitting down to eat. At least a lot of newer air hockey tables have barriers on the side to help prevent some pucks from flying off but those won’t stop all stray pucks either. I’d love to know how the tables are setup there and how close they are to the booths.

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  1. Kimone February 20, 2010 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Today these guys were trying to see how far they could get it to fly across the arcade. Puck flew off and landed in the bin. I got a lot of joy out of watching them fish it out.

  2. ashley February 21, 2010 at 4:39 am - Reply

    thats insaine,the lady should be suing the person that hit the puck,i have a disclaimer on my door,i wont be held responsible for any injurys,all games and entrance is at there risk.

  3. Brian February 21, 2010 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    I’d like to see a picture and the weight on that puck! Was it actually hit, or was it thrown?

    @ashley, I like that… like the disconcerting disclaimer on the back of a baseball ticket.

  4. Cornelius February 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    She may as well sue the company that made the air-hockey table also, as it clearly also lacked the “adequate protection” that she needs. ¬_¬

  5. Peter February 22, 2010 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    Maybe it wasn’t a puck. Maybe it was one of the paddles thrown by some naive kid. Or maybe she fakes the “injury” to make people feel bad.

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