Chuck E. Cheese is a national treasure when it comes to restaurants. Sure, it's really only for kids, but the memories made at Chuck E. Cheese can last a lifetime. Unfortunately, the chain is currently facing some pretty harsh criticism due to some bad memories from their locations, and it all stems from YouTube conspiracy junkie Shane Dawson.
Dawson, who is know for his deep-dives into certain conspiracy theories, accused Chuck E. Cheese of "recycling" their pizzas. He claims that the party place takes the pizza left over from one event and uses it for their next gathering.
“So I noticed this when I was 8 years old or something,” he said. “I was like, wait a minute, how come all the pieces are different?”
Dawson then showed some images of pizzas he says are part of the conspiracy, and then followed it with "Am I going to get sued?"
Other Twitter users started to chime in as well.
"My new favorite new conspiracy theory is that Chuck E. Cheese takes the pizza that ppl don’t finish back to the kitchen, reheats it, and re-serves it to a new customer which is why the slices are often different sizes in the same pizza," one person wrote. This tweet got almost 3,000 retweets.
People began sharing their images of odd Chuck E. Cheese pizzas, and it got to the point where the chain actually had to step in and deny the claims.
"We've never 'recycled' pizzas — never! — and I've been here 10 years," said Trisha York, senior manager of Knoxville's Chuck E. Cheese store. "We make them fresh to order."
On Twitter, the company went even further to deny the claims.
"Nope, all our pizzas are made fresh by our team of talented pizza pros," the account said. "Each 'za is handmade which means the amount of sauce, cheese, and toppings might vary - but it still tastes great."
In response to another Tweet about the topic, they said: "The claims made about Chuck E. Cheese’s and our pizza are unequivocally false. No conspiracies here – our pizzas are made to order and we prepare our dough fresh in restaurant, which means that they’re not always perfectly uniform in shape, but always delicious."
This still didn't make sense with customers, as the amount of toppings shouldn't affect how the crust lines up.
"The dough should still line up on the crust though, that’s the thing."
"There's no way this pizza was once whole. It looks like Chip from Beauty and The Beast."
One theory kind of made sense, though.
"I think that Chuck E. Cheese makes a bunch of single slice servings that are ready to hand out. And then once they have sat under the heat lamp for too long, they’ll make a whole pizza and serve it instead of throwing it away. Just my theory."
I don't think Chuck E. Cheese necessarily recycles their pizzas, but I also don't buy that they make them fresh to order. How on earth do the slices not line up if that's the case?