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No teens should be allowed at malls without parents supervising them...

Posted by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:09 AM
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Or so some people think.... Guess this is happening, now... no more mall rats, no more hanging out with your buddies....would you support this?

On Friday and Saturday nights, at an increasing number of malls across the country, teenagers are being forced to bring along the one person they'd most likely rather leave behind: a parent.

Dozens of malls now have what they call a "parental escort policy," meaning teens under the age of 18 have to be with a parent or guardian who is 21 or over to enter. Most shopping centers have these restrictions only on weekend evenings, but some keep them in place seven days a week.

The Mid Rivers Mall in St. Louis, Mo., started sending away teens at the end of May, and it has resulted in both more customers and sales. After a month, overall mall traffic was up 5 percent on Friday and Saturday nights, and sales were up 3 to 10 percent in all categories, including teen-oriented retailers, according to the property's management.

Last month, the Tri-County Mall in Cincinnati joined the list of malls with a teen escort policy, and Jesse Tron of the International Council of Shopping Centers said the practice is spreading, particularly with schools back in session and the mall socializing that comes with it.

"We're in a period of increased activity for this," he said. "It's cyclical. Throughout the holidays, you'll see new policies be enacted."

The gigantic Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., was the first to ban teens who didn't have adult supervision, in 1996, according to Tron's group. By 2007, 39 malls had similar restrictions and by 2010, the number had nearly doubled to 66. The impetus for these regulations isn't usually a specific incident, like a brawl. Instead it is the generally unruly, horseplay-heavy crowds concentrated in the food court and at the movie theater entrance.

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by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:09 AM
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by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:16 AM

 I wouldn't support this. I think it's ridiculous.

 When I was a teen I worked at the mall.. I wouldn't be able to bring my parents with me for the beginning of every shift.

 Not to mention many kids are great, kind, responsible people who go to the mall to shop or work.. not hang out or cause trouble.

 What should happen instead is better security. If there are a group of kids being rude.. kick them out. If there is a large group of kids loitering in front of certain stores.. kick them out. If it happens again, ban them from the mall all together.


by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:18 AM

  I should add.. I wouldn't support it.. however, every business should be able to make their own rules.

 If they don't want teens there without an adult, I understand. Especially if they are getting more business because of it.

 I just hate to see the good kids suffer because of the assholes who are being raised by assholes.

by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Nope, i couldnt support that....

I would rather have them hanging out in the mall and not on a street corner somewhere

by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:20 AM


by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:21 AM

They have this policy at the mall near me.. I remember what it's like to be a teenager but it was getting out of hand at our mall ; Friday and Saturday nights there was just huge gangs  of goth  teens and it kept families who actually spent money away from shopping..

by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:21 AM

I know if this were a rule when I was a teenager, I would have never gone to the mall.  My mom hated the mall and she was the only adult I could have gone with.  Plus, going to the mall is about hanging out with your friends - and you can't do that if you have to have a parent with you. 

Now....I say this knowing that the mall in my town is filled with teenagers that aren't there to shop at all.  All they do is hang out and many of them are really bad influences.  Many of the kids hanging out there are involved with drugs and/or gangs. 

by Brandi on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:23 AM

they have have implemented this at our local mall.according to mall security it has helped out.

by Silver Member on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Good i DO support it. Cant tell you how many times that going to the movies or what not or being at the mall on a weekend is just a PITA because of all the teens there causing trouble. 

by Member on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:26 AM

I use to hang at the mall when I was a teenager, it was a place we could meet up with friends from all over town. But we were there to have fun we didn't cause trouble we spent our money there. Teens now a days however cause trouble damage and overall are total assholes thanks to thier parents giving them the sense of entitlement or haven't taught them right from wrong. I am not  saying all teens are that way but the few that are trouble makers have made it that way for the good kids. They closed 1 mall that I know of and the other is dangerous to go to at night. Another one they don't even have public transportation (buses).

by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:27 AM
I will admit I don't go to the mall on fridays bc of all the teenagers so yea I would support this
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