Tort reform now, damnit.
A San Diego mom has filed a potential class action against Chuck E. Cheeseâ€™s that claims its games are illegal gambling devices.
The federal suit by real-estate agent Denise Keller claims the games are similar to slot machines, the San Diego Union Tribune reports. Children play with tokens that cost 25 cents each, and the machines dispense tickets that can be redeemed for prizes.
California generally bans gambling, but it makes an exception for games of skill. The suit claims the games at Chuck E. Cheeseâ€™s are based mostly on chance and they â€œcreate the same highs and lows experienced by adults who gamble their paychecks or the mortgage payment.â€
This woman apparently missed out on my madly competitive air hockey sessions at Showbiz when I was growing up. What? You think I went easy on my opponent just because she was my grandmother? Puh-lease. And those skeeballs don’t make it up the ramp themselves. Video games are just that – video games. Their versions just dispense tickets. Skillz, witch.
Apparently, the woman dropped the case in federal court late yesterday, but she refiled in California courts. Because apparently she hates fun.
Is it wrong that writing this post makes me think that Friends of NRA needs to introduce a skeeball game into their rotation? It could dispense raffle tickets based on your score. Then it would be a game of chance where your chances are significantly improved by your skill. And I would never leave that game all night long.