Chuck E. Cheese Violated Child Labor Laws

Nine Bay Area restaurants let kids do dirty work.

By Chris Roberts
|  Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011  |  Updated 11:32 AM PDT
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Chuck E. Cheese Violated Child Labor Laws

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This mouse smells like a rat: a child labor law-violating rat.

Someone's sentenced to the ball pit.

Nine Bay Area Chuck E. Cheese pizza parlors are guilty of violating child labor laws, from allowing teenagers to use on-site trash compactors, to allowing minors to operate dough mixers, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The exact offending locations were not announced, the newspaper said. There are thirteen Chuck E. Cheese locations in the Bay Area.

It's not clear how the federal Labor Department was made aware of the violations, but Chuck is coming clean: the restaurant chain is paying a $28,000 fine, taking steps to ensure teens can't use the machines in the future, and is asking the public for forgiveness.

"We're walking the straight and narrow now," a spokeswoman for Chuck told the newspaper.

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