A San Diego real estate agent has decided that because she feels that the redemption games her kids played at a local Chuck E. Cheese (after several visits to the location mind you) didn’t involve enough skill and had spinning things like wheels, that she deserves to be awarded $5 million in damages from a federal lawsuit she has filed against the company. CEC hasn’t said much about the case other than that the machines aren’t illegal in California and that if they were in fact illegal, then the plaintiff has admitted to participating in illegal gambling.
I don’t often go to bat for redemption games but it’s not hard to see that this is patently ridiculous. If the plaintiff were really doing it ‘for the children’ then there is no reason to ask for any money in “damages” in the first place. She is of course claiming that the real reason for the suit is to prevent CEC from using any redemption games at any location of theirs in the country, again in the name of the children(all the jobs that would be lost and lives affected if in fact redemption machines were banned, well that’s not so important when $5 million could be padding your bank account) . She’s even requesting a jury trial to hopefully tug at their heartstrings over some sob story involving children. It’s not Chuck E. Cheese’s fault that she decided to take her kids to play these games and it’s not their fault if they weren’t any good at the games either. That is often the negative perception with redemption, where high difficulty is mistaken for chance/luck(it was a problem for pinball for sometime too, until a pinball pro showed some lawmakers that there was indeed skill involved in the game).