If you thought the worst thing about Chuck E. Cheese was the smell of children, you were sadly mistaken. 22-year-old Jennifer Sorbello alleges that the chain's mousecot groped her breasts
while greeting her family at its St. Louis location.
The man in the costume now faces criminal charges, and Sorbello is seeking "unspecified" recompense (read: enough tickets to trade at the prize counter for a wiffle bat).
Face facts, guys: Any place where where grown humans dress up in furry animal costumes, be it entertainment centers, amusement parks or sporting events, are hotbeds for frottage, indecent exposure, injury and grisly death. Take a look at our tales of terror from the Unhappiest Places on Earth below, and bear in mind that these are just the tip of the Sno-Cone.
In 2003, a man sued Cincinnati's King's Island after he was struck by lightning en route to his car
. His lawyer alleged that park officials should have shut down the park at the first signs of a storm, since large metal objects tend to attract lightning. "Large metal objects? We don't have any of those," said the roller coaster park.
In February of 2004, 36-year-old Michael Chartrand was suspended without pay
from his job playing Tigger at Disney World
. The charge? Grabbing the breast of a 13-year-old girl.
At his criminal trial, in a bizarre act of theatricality, Chartrand's lawyer wore the suit during his closing argument.
Click here for more of the Unhappiest Places on Earth ... Last summer, a teenager was decapitated by Batman the Ride at Six Flags Over Georgia
after he climbed over two security fences to retrieve a lost hat. A ride operator standing on the platform was killed by the same ride six years earlier when a passenger, neglecting to keep her hands and arms in the car, kicked him in the head.
Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch nearly faced foreclosure this past month
, and its amusement park has sat in decay since it was forcibly closed in 2006. The Neverland zoo animals were ultimately confiscated and re-homed
after a PETA investigation alleged that they were being starved and kept in cruel conditions.
Epcot Center visitors complained of myriad ailments caused by its Mission: Space ride
. But the park kept it open even after a 4-year-old boy and a 49-year-old German woman died
-- within a few months of each other -- of unknown causes. But good news! The ride is still open, so we may yet be able to find out.
However, lest you should think the park doesn't know when to draw the line, it did retire a Disneyland
costumed character after park visitors continually flashed the young man playing Jack Sparrow
. 'Cause, you know, death is part of life in the Magic Kingdom ... but boobies are not for children.
But perhaps the oldest (and awesomest) case of Disneyland debauchery
happened in 1970, when a group of anti-war protesters stormed the park and terrorized the other customers. After "commandeering" Tom Sawyer Island, the so-called "Yippees" ran up a Viet Cong flag and passed around The Marijuana
Remind us to avoid the frighteningly named Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
. The even more frighteningly named Brad Champagne was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in the Hurricane Bay wave pool
there in 2005. And the following summer, another teenage girl's feet were severed at the ankles
by a snapped cable on the Tower of Power ride.