New Jersey mom accuses Chuck E. Cheese character of ignoring Black child, threatens to sue
The mother caught the interaction on video and is now threatening to sue the restaurant chain
August 5, 2022 5:11am
Updated: August 5, 2022 11:10am
A New Jersey mother accused the Chuck E. Cheese character of racially discriminating against her child after the mouse mascot high-fived several white kids but ignored her Black daughter.
The mother, Nancy D. Muhammad, caught the interaction on video and is now threatening to sue the restaurant chain.
“On July 30 at Chuck E Cheese in Wayne, NJ, my 2yo was racially discriminated against. As you can see, he gives all of the yt kids hi-5s & PURPOSELY ignored my black baby,” Nancy wrote in a post on social media. “When confronted, he ignored me as well.”
PLEASE RETWEET‼️ On July 30 at Chuck E Cheese in Wayne, NJ, my 2yo was racially discriminated against. As you can see, he gives all of the yt kids hi-5s & PURPOSELY ignored my black baby. When confronted, he ignored me as well. The manager, Angie Valasquez, made excuses for him.. pic.twitter.com/QMmE3wmti1— Umm Safa 🩰 (@belllahijabi) July 31, 2022
Muhammad said the manager “made excuses” for the worker after she complained about the treatment her child was receiving at the restaurant.
“Saying she’s ‘sorry I feel that way' but he didn’t see her, even after showing her the PROOF in the video,” she said in a separate tweet, adding, “This is getting out of hand!!!”
After apologizing and claiming that the mouse was “not able to see her,” the Chuck E. Cheese management asked her daughter to pose for a picture with the character.
“I wasn’t for it, but Safa [her daughter] was still innocently following him around — of course, unaware of what just happened. Just for her to take a picture like this,” she said. The mom shared the picture in which her child does not seem all too happy either.
Not so much. pic.twitter.com/NHzY7H1Igj— Umm Safa 🩰 (@belllahijabi) August 1, 2022
“Chuck E. Cheese is saddened when any family or child has a less than perfect experience,” the brand said in a statement to The Post.
“We want to thank the family who brought this to our attention at our Wayne, NJ location and for giving the onsite manager an opportunity to apologize and address their concerns in person. As home to millions of families and kids every year that celebrates the big and small milestones, including fun, our goal is to create an inclusive experience for children and parents of all ages, races, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, and learning differences.”
Muhamad told TMZ that she was unimpressed by the apology issued by the company, claiming that it felt empty and void of an apology. The angry mother says she plans to litigate to find a solution.
'My next step after they released the unapologetic statement is, yes, I do plan to take legal action,' she said in an interview.