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Lawsuit: Chuck E. Cheese’s employee stabbed customer over plate

Updated: January 5, 2013 9:29AM

A Chuck E. Cheese’s customer is suing the restaurant chain, alleging she was stabbed by a waitress at one of the pizzeria’s Southwest Side outlets.

LaNasia Randle claims Shardonnae Pruitt threw a napkin dispenser at her boyfriend and stabbed her with a knife three times inside the Chuck E. Cheese’s in the 5300 block of South Kedzie Avenue, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.

The dispute allegedly began after Pruitt took away a salad plate at the restaurant. Randle claims the fight escalated after the waitress alleged her boyfriend had not paid for the salad bar, and Pruitt threw a napkin dispenser at her boyfriend. He returned to his table with Randle, according to the suit, but Pruitt followed them and stabbed her three times with a knife.

Randle was treated and released from an area hospital, police said at the time.

The suit claims negligence on the part of CEC Entertainment, alleging that security staff was present when Pruitt stabbed Randle and failed to intercede on her behalf.

Pruitt was arrested Sept. 30, 2012 and charged with one count each of misdemeanor simple assault and misdemeanor battery, police said.

The two-count lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 in damages.

A spokesperson for CEC Entertainment, Inc. could not be reached for comment Friday night.

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