Chuck E. Cheese’s pizza: Fake or for-real?

Sofia Rinaldi, Reporter

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Most people have been to Chuck E. Cheese at some point in their lives – but have you heard the latest conspiracy theory about their pizza? Essentially, the theory is that they “recycle” their pizza.

 

Shane Dawson’s latest video on conspiracy theories featured this conspiracy which ultimately left made people disturbed as Shane has a big audience, of over 21 million subscribers on Youtube and over 5 million followers on Instagram.

 

With Shane’s big audience having a love for his conspiracy theory videos and most of his audience being from the U.S where Chuck E. Cheese locations are most commonly found it is no wonder this story gained so much attention at a very rapid pace. In his video, he explained what the process would be in other for the establishment to “recycle” the pizza according to his video on Youtube.

This means when someone orders a pizza and they leave pieces left over, the staff is required to form a new pizza out of the leftover pieces and then give them to the next customers who order a pizza.

 

This has sparked talk with customers who have previously eaten there. People took it as far as to “pledged to never return to the pizzeria-and-arcade franchise again”, according to the article on The Washington Post.

 

Shane states later in the video when he was in high school there was a girl that was currently working at a Chuck E. Cheese. He left her name anonymous but asked if he was correct with his hunch, which she responded with “[she told me] she couldn’t say whether or not that’s true but it was something they used to do but they do it anymore.” Though he later admitted she could have been lying, or propagating the false rumor.

 

“Obviously in pictures, the pizza cuts don’t match and they can’t even blame it on the way they make the pizza,” said Dustin Brito, a junior at the Nyc iSchool. “Yes, [it’s real] that’s disgusting who would make that up. It’s obvious they are just making up lies to still get more customers” Stated freshman Piper DeMartino. This conspiracy has generated so much attention that even food related sites like Foodbeast, have written articles about this conspiracy.

 

A Huffington Post article includes a statement from a spokesperson at Chuck E. Cheese. The statement read as follows, “The claims made in this video 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.”

 

In the days since the video was published to YouTube, Redditors have been sharing their own theories about Chuck E. Cheese’s pizzas. One user, however, claimed to be an employee, and offered an explanation for the “wonky” pizzas.

 

“All the slices are from the same pizza, it’s just when the pizza comes out of the oven, they place it on a cutting board in order to slice it. The slicer is very large and kind of heavy, so some [people] have a lot of difficulty trying to cut the pizza perfectly. [That’s] why some slices are different sizes [than] others,” the Redditor wrote. “After the pizza is done being cut, the cook slides it onto a tray to carry out to the guests. It’s when the pizza is being slid off of the cutting board and onto the tray where it gets kind of wonky looking.”

 

Another former employee who spoke to Buzzfeed thinks the rumors are funny, but wholly false: “In my years there, not once did I ever see a pizza even make it back towards the kitchen. They were always thrown in the trash even if it was a pizza that went untouched by the guests,” she said. She also explained in addition that the dough shrinks into weird shapes when it’s in the oven.

 

Unsurprisingly, most of the people at iSchool do fact believe the conspiracy based of a poll that was posted on instagram. But one freshman, Fausto Rosado, did not believe Chuck E Cheese recycles their pizza for a second: “[Chuck E Cheese employees] just shape or cut the pizza in a weird way its not their fault, I personally think Shane was just money hungry and wanted to click bate people.”

 

Rosado provides an interesting perspective as Dawson typically earns a couple million views per video with clickbaity titles like “IF YOU WATCH THIS YOU DIE” and “WE BURIED OURSELVES ALIVE!,” so talking about this conspiracy theory for the sake of grabbing eyeballs and making for money isn’t all that surprising. Maybe Chuck E. Cheese’s is passing off amalgamations of reheated slices as fully-formed pies, but this video doesn’t prove it.

 

Another Redditor, who claimed to have worked at both Pizza Hut and “a real pizzeria,” speculated that Chuck E. Cheese’s prepares several pies at a time, mixing and matching them as needed. That could explain the continuity issues on pies with halves of different toppings, but doesn’t seem to account for the weird alignment of single-topping pies.

 

Without a doubt this topic is very controversial and has awaken the curiosity of people who have watched Shane’s video, but in general it is safe to say the consumers that visit and eat at Chuck E Cheese are going to be more careful. Now we have to await more information from the authorities of FDA when they decided to investigate this topic to see if it real that in this chain they serve food recycled , like the pizza.