Chuck E. Cheese Refutes Recycled Pizza Slices Conspiracy Theory
Popular YouTuber Shane Dawson thinks Chuck E. Cheese is pulling a Frankenstein.
As on Monday, Dawson shared a video, as part of his “Conspiracy Series,” in which he suggests that the family entertainment center serves pizzas made from leftover slices.
In the video, Dawson said that since he was a child he has believed that the Chuck E. Cheese staff collects leftover slices and assembles them together in a pie, reheats the whole thing and then serves the Franken looking pizza to unknowing customers.
Since being published on YouTube, the 90 minute video in which Dawson investigates his theory by visiting a Chuck E. Cheese location and ordering two pizzas, both of which came out with mismatched edges and appeared to be two different pizzas sliced in half and pushed together to resemble a whole pizza, has racked up over 14 million views.
Chuck E. Cheese has denied Dawson’s theory and is calling the idea “unequivocally false.”
“The claims made in this video about Chuck E. Cheese’s and our pizza are unequivocally false,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “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.”
But many have continued to question the visual evidence of Chuck E. Cheese’s irregular pizza slices.
For years, rumors have spiraled about the origins of Chuck E. Cheese’s pizza shapes, two of which originated on a Yahoo! Answers threads 10 years ago which received a lot of attention and responses. A seven-month-old Reddit discussion involving self-identified former Chuck E. Cheese employees also took place, but didn’t mention the conspiracy of recycled used pizza, but did mention many gross situations that have happened behind the scenes at Chuck E. Cheese.
As the company with more than 600 locations worldwide and has employed thousands of employees over its 39 years of existence continues to deny Dawson’s claim, former Chuck E. Cheese employees have also spoken out on Twitter and Reddit, in which they have also refuted the conspiracy.
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In a Reddit discussion, commenter mlball98 pointed out that uneven shapes of pizza slices are due to the speed of the staff that is cutting the pizzas. “We hand cut all of the pizzas. We have to do it fast because we usually have 5 more coming out right behind it. I’ve seen millions of pizzas cut and they always look a little off, especially if the person is new and just learning,” the user wrote.
Even as the conspiracy of reusing pizza slices has grown, so far no current or former employees of Chuck E. Cheese has corroborated it and have maintained that such a thing doesn’t exist.
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