Shopping mall restrictions on teenagers.

@kgwat70 (13396)
United States
July 12, 2008 8:06pm CST
The Christiana Mall here in Delaware just started banning teenagers under 18 to be at the mall from 5pm til closing unless they are accompanied by an adult. This ban applies to friday and saturday evenings only and is due to problems caused by teens at the mall on weekend evenings. The adult must be with them at all times during the time they are there. What do you think about this ban? Do you think it will help or is useless? Do you feel that shopping malls are hangout spots? I do not feel that people should be going there to hang out with friends, especially if they are not shopping. The teens should not treat the mall like is a playground and can do whatever they want. I think it is a good rule but they should apply it to all evenings, otherwise I think this rule will be useless. Months ago over a 1000 teenagers were in the food court having a food fight.
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@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
I like this new rules. Kids can go home earlier and have dinner with the family for a change. Not only that, they can spend more time studying than hanging out with their friends! Fantastic idea, whoever came up with it. But think the execution will be difficult to do. How do you know if the group of kids are below 18? A lot of teenagers nowadays dress like adults with piles of gunk on their face. SO unless you are given an id or bracelet upon entering the mall to signify your age, then there won't be any way of telling those who are underage to the regular mall shoppers.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
13 Jul 08
The security guards at the entrances are checking peoples ids of those whose age is questionable. They are also putting wristbands on those teenagers that are accompanied by an adult as well as teenagers that just meet the age requirement so that other guards do not have to keep checking them. The adult that is accompanying the teenager also has to wear a bracelet and stay with that teenager. They will need plenty of security guards to make this work. I hope the mall is not looking more like a prison facility. It will be interesting to hear how this works out.
• United States
13 Jul 08
Wow, teens hanging out at the mall must be a huge problem where you live. I hardly ever go to the mall, but when I do, I only see a few teens hanging out here and there, not a whole lot. Most of them are at the food court or the arcade and I've never heard of a lot of problems. I work at the library and we have more problems with teens there than at our malls. I agree with you in that I think this rule is useless because people are going to do whatever they feel like anyway. Mall security will just have more work to do monitoring the teens and quizzing them on where their adult chaperon is.
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
13 Jul 08
It has become a problem over the past year or so, though I do not go to the mall regularly myself. The teens complain that they have nothing else to do. I think the huge food fight in the food court made the mall put this rule into effect. That is good that you do not have this problem. I am sure that hardly any teens here go to the library. We have parks, beaches and other places that teens can go to hang out and have a good time without disturbing the stores and shoppers. Mall Security will have their hands full on the weekends checking everyones ids.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
14 Jul 08
They did that where I live probably 4 or 5 years ago. The place was over run with kids on weekend evening. It is much better now, there are not gangs of kids hanging out and blocking the aisles.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
13 Jul 08
I think it is a good law. I mean if they "hang out-ers" are causing so much problem that the mall is having to institute this law, apparently it is necesary. They dont want to allienate shoppers but at the same time want to make it nice for shoppers and stop illegal goings=on. I used to go to a mall and was rather worried about some of hte people "hanging around". Granted all people look different and just cause they dress differnet, makes no difference to me, but when they are causing problems, I don't feel safe and will not go to the mall so the mall looses shoppers. If everyone shapes up, they won't need this law. Wish they'd do it at malls close to me!
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@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Thats a good rule, it is too bad that the "good" teenagers are being punished because of a few that like to cause trouble. If the mall lets the teenagers run the mall, the real customers will leave. I have seen it happen in my town, if teens are causing troubles people will stay away. The mall is a fun place to hang out, its a shame that a few hoodlums have to spoil it for the "good" kids that don't cause any trouble. BTW, thanks for the best responses. Its always nice seeing you.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Yes, it is sad that the good teens are being punished too but I think it is a good rule overall but needs to be in effect for all days of the week, otherwise teens will take advantage of this rule. You are welcome for the best responses. Great to see you too. I may be on here a little more now. :-)
• United States
13 Jul 08
I think that it is a pretty stupid idea (sorry don't mean to offend). I don't know how bad it is where you are, and what your mall is like. But here the mall IS a very well known hangout for teens. They like to go there and eat at the food court, while hanging out. Now there are the occassion punks here, but the mall always has security gaurds/cops working around the clock. But the teens here never really cause such a problem to call for such a ban! I think this ban really inconveinces a lot of people. teens love the mall, parents don't tend to. No parent is going to want to go to the mall just because their kid wants to. Plus kids aren't gonna want to be seen walking around with their parents, being watched like a baby! Less people are going to be at the mall during the weekend, and stores will lose money. It's a really bad idea to me.
• United States
13 Jul 08
Sorry I wanted to add something... What about all those well behaived teens that really love to go to the mall. What if it's their only chance to meet up with friends, and they really do want to/need to go shopping? Even well behaived teens don't really want their parents going wherever they go--I think they deserve to have their freedom to have fun and be allowed to go somewhere that is really for them.
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• Thailand
13 Jul 08
it's useless the best solution is to provide proper education and taking care of the bondings in the family. if you start banning something, it may encourage more outlaw actions appearing.
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• United States
13 Jul 08
The mall in Nashville, TN had to do a ban like that, because of the teens. They were causing so much trouble, there were even a couple of shoting. Only that malls ban is every night. I think some of the smaller Merchants have hade to move. For lack of business oor the trouble. But I do think after kids get this far out of control family bonding probobly want help. Thet may need a higher power.
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Jul 08
kgwat70 yes I think that is an excellent rule to ban teens'from being at the mall unless accompanied by an adult for five til closing and it should be in effect all over the USA. the kids'do not belong there and a whole gang can get into serious trouble that way. food fight thats dreadful.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
20 Jul 08
I do think it is a good rule as too many unsupervised kids can cause to a lot of trouble, which has already been proven here. Kids here now a days are doing nothing but causing problems wherever they go. They do need to be supervised more.
• Canada
14 Jul 08
In one way this makes sense, but in another way, I've met a lot of crazy people over the age of 18 too. Who knows? Wha I really think needs to be done is that parents need to raise their kids better, so that they do't at this way in the first placee, causing such a band to e enaced.
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@jalucia (1435)
• United States
13 Jul 08
I don't know, this sounds a little elitist to me. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with meeting up with friends at the mall. I don't agree with destructive or callous behavior being exhibited by anyone. But, I think that maybe different measures could have been taken. Such as, utilizing security to reprimand those that don't follow the rules of the mall. I wonder if the businesses were consulted before this rule was implemented. I'm sure a good part of their business is due to teenagers. And, even if the teens don't buy anything on one particular day, it doesn't mean that they won't return to buy something that they previously saw on another day. Many allowances are spent at the mall. Not to mantion that many of these teens go on to become employed at the mall. I would try to come up with other methods to address the issue. Or, at least, move the ban to a later hour. If you are a teen who gets out of school at 3 pm on Friday and you need to catch a bus, walk or whatever to the mall to get that shirt you've been eyeing, to wear to an event on Saturday ... you've only got two hours to get to the mall, get the item, and get out.
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• United States
13 Jul 08
i think that this ban is useless because either way the kids are still going to most likely hangout there after the hours there not supposed to because they dont care about the rules i think this rule is good in one way by keeping the mall more peaceful but come on there teenagers what else are you going to expect and i agree with the person who works at the library where i live lots of kids always get into fights with other people or talk really loud and run around the library and when one of the ladies go over to them to ask them to be quiet they talk back to them and call them names i think its really immature. so idk . but o think this rule is useless.
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13 Jul 08
Hello kgwat70, Food fight? that is disgusting, yes they should ban teens from all these shooping malls and else where, we have polide patrolling all areas aroun here so we don't have any problems, it used to be bad with drinking in the streets now it banned so we don't any trouble. I hope the will do something like that where you are. Tamarafireheart.
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@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
13 Jul 08
I think its a wonderful idea. I wish the one I used to go to would have done this. It reached the point at that mall where you didn't feel safe entering it or leaving with packages. Some of them were loud, rude, and obnoxious. They would taunt you, knock your packages out of your hands and race around you on bikes or skateboards. Inside the mall wasn't much better with their running, yelling and screaming. Even here in my new town all we have is WalMart and the kids after school there run wild like they would at those malls. Trying to grocery shop and you find kids sprawled out in an aisle reading books, chatting and here you are trying to push carts around them. I finally complained about it and notice it seems to have improved.
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@anex08 (868)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
Wow!! I hope known malls here in the Phillipinees should do the same.. Because some students are making the mall as their hangout and some other are committing cutting classes just to go to the mall and meet with friends.. I think that rules are a good favor to the parents who spends lots of money sending their children to school but then their ever loved children are doing nothing but hitting the mall..
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@irishidid (8734)
• United States
13 Jul 08
I think it is a good idea. Some teenagers are just big kids and often worse than the little ones. It is also for their own protection. Even the responsible ones can get caught up in the antics of the others.
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
13 Jul 08
I can understand being a ban during school hours and I remember back in the '80s there were bans at arcades during school hours... but during times outside school... I don't think that is right and I don't think that is going to solve the underlying problem. If parents took control of their kids to begin with we wouldn't have the problems we are having and that is why we have over 1000 teens fighting in a food court. Gotta side with you on this one. Thanks Zelo
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
13 Jul 08
I think it is a very good idea for the mall to have. Teens are so rude these days. They act like a bunch of wild animals and they do not have respect for anything or anyone. I am glad that the mall is doing something about it. there are other places for teens to hang out, especially if they are not shopping.
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• United States
13 Jul 08
I was never a mall rat, lol. I hated going there if I didn't have anything to buy. And I still hate going to the mall. The teens are really annoying and ignorant. I've seen fights start as parents with young kids are trying to dodge the crowds. It's upsetting. At my mall they added a 'no hanging around' policy, lol. I'm glad that more malls are doing this.
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@dopey22girl (3324)
• United States
13 Jul 08
It's hard to say. We don't really have those kind of problems where I live....it's hard to imagine a rule like that. I guess it depends on what's been going on. I think the mall's business may go down, though...but you never know.
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@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
13 Jul 08
Hi, I totally agree with the ban your mall has. I wish they would do the same at our local mall. I hate going there on Friday and Saturday nights because it does seem to be a hang out for the local teens. They are always bumping into you and don't watch where they are going. Not to mention how rude they are. I agree that the ban should apply to all nights of the week, however, weekends are probably the prime times for the teen groupies.