Chuck E. Cheese will destroy $9 million worth of game tickets
The pandemic has toppled demand for gaming at Chuck E. Cheese: The Skee-Ball machines are no longer spitting out coils of paper tickets, meaning kids are no longer gleefully feeding purple “ticket munchers” in exchange for mood rings and stuffed animals. Now there’s a surplus of fake money (and also, probably, mood rings). Here’s where the real world of dollars and cents and the fake world of game money collide: To destroy 7 billion unused tickets, or enough to fill 65 shipping containers, the bankrupt Chuck E. Cheese is proposing it spend $2.3 million, Restaurant Business Magazine reports. According to a court filing, if the tickets weren’t destroyed, they could be redeemed for $9 million worth of prizes. For those of you who were wondering: That means the approximate monetary value of a Chuck E. Cheese ticket is 0.13 cents. No wonder we all got addicted to credit card points.