September 1, 2014
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man has been fined
$500 for assaulting a Chuck E. Cheese mouse.
Authorities say 34-year-old Trahan Pires thought the perpetually
happy mascot had pinned his 11-year-old son against a video game.
Pires, of Fairhaven, ripped off the mascot's head piece, pointed a
finger at the man inside and yelled at him.
The 19-year-old man in the mouse suit told police he put his
arms out to get through a crowd of children trying to knock him
over and never grabbed anyone. A witness agreed with that account.
Pires pleaded guilty Monday. A judge fined him after rejecting
the prosecution's request for a six-month jail sentence.
Pires' family was at the children's restaurant in Dartmouth in
May to celebrate his son's birthday.