Teens are banned from the mall after school

United States
April 6, 2009 3:54pm CST
I heard the radio today, teens who are under 18 are banned from the mall after school. Unless they have their parents accompany, otherwise, they couldn't go the stores in the mall. I think that is fair. It is also beneficial to the malls. Before, not many teens have money to go to mall for shopping. Now, with the company of their parents, they could shop. Did your teens go to the mall during the weekend or after school?
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@coolcoder (2022)
• United States
6 Apr 09
I think it's a good thing in that it'll help to avoid any shenanigans which might come about when teens that age get together. I don't mean to lump all teens into one group--it's a shame that the good have to suffer for the bad--but it'll help hold the craziness down.
7 Apr 09
but surely all the people who are willing to break the law at the mall will still and try to casuse trouble by going anyway in an act to rebel against it
• United States
6 Apr 09
I have no children, and I think that's a good idea too. A lot of stores in the malls have counters at the doors, and if people go in and don't make a purchase, it reflects badly on the employees and they get in big trouble. As a teenager, I never just went to the mall to "hang out". In fact, I always found those kids to be annoying. I wish they had a ban like that in effect here. :D
• United States
6 Apr 09
Huh...I didn't read the other responses first, and I'm agreeing with them as well. I think that they should only ban teens from "loitering" at the mall. If they are there making legitimate purchases, there should be no reason for the ban.
• Philippines
10 Apr 09
yeah they supposed to focus on school matter..their interest should be education and parents are will be the one to buy materials necessary for the mall..or if not..they will be assisted by parents in going to mall..they supposed to be obedience to have a better future..when i was like them i go to the mall with my mom and dad around..
@txgrl21 (819)
• United States
7 Apr 09
On the other hand it coud have a negative impact because now teens are going to be looking for something else to do and not neccesarily something good.
@rebelmel (1386)
• United States
7 Apr 09
That is absolutely absurd! When I was 14 I had a job of my own, which I had until I was 18. Most kids get their licenses at the age of 16, so why would they need a parent to accompany them? I can understand maybe 13 or younger need to have a parent, or even parental consent in a letter form or something, but banning them? That is ridiculous. What if the mall is on the way home, and they need something?
@garyc09 (133)
7 Apr 09
im sure its done for a valuable reason not just one or two problems, i think its funny myself lol but yeah im sure its for the right reasons.
@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
7 Apr 09
I really don't know what to think. They don't do that here but chances are I would get stopped. I am 21, but often get mistaken for a much younger person. I know thats a good thing but it gets aggravating sometimes.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
7 Apr 09
I think its a great idea. When I lived in the city the mall often wasnt a comfortable place with all the teens at night. Some were gangs that would hang out in the parking garage or entrances. Never felt comfortable going by myself at night. Now I live in a tiny town with no mall, just a WalMart. And they have the same problem. Every day around 3:30 when school lets out the kids show up in droves. They run around the store playing, yelling and just sitting in the aisles goofing off. While those of us trying to grocery shop have to put up with it. Its annoying.
• Philippines
7 Apr 09
Where is that? What country is that? Here in my country we are not prohibited to go to the mall during weekends or weekdays.
• China
7 Apr 09
yes, in our country there is no policy like this. teens who are under 18 can go to the mall. they just looking around or buying something that they could afford.
@leoliu39 (540)
• China
7 Apr 09
i think it's unfair, cause even teens have right to go shopping. i don't know who banned teens from the mall after school, but it definitely abuse the right!
• Philippines
7 Apr 09
Well guess that was just fairly good. Most teenagers today prefer to go to the malls after school which is more likely the reason why some students can't concentrate to their studies. But I guess that wont also last long. Lets just imagine a 10 guards versus a hundreds? of teenagers. Come on.. Any rules cant control a person if he/she himself does not wants to.
@mariposaman (2968)
• Canada
7 Apr 09
I am sure they are not doing this arbitrarily just because they dislike teenagers. Unfortunately teens tend to hang around for hours because they have nothing to do and expect others to entertain them. There is nothing more intimidating to the regular shoppers than a gang of loud teenagers swearing and spitting like they are wont to do. If they were all well behaved there would be no ban. The people who think it unfair should blame the louts amongst them instead of the store owners. They are just trying to create a pleasant unthreatining atmosphere for their shoppers.
• United States
7 Apr 09
That's simply ridiculous. So are they allowed at the mall during school hours? What about on the weekends? I really see no purpose of this. Will they get arrested if they try to enter the mall?
@blion23 (404)
• United States
7 Apr 09
I think that teens should be allowed to go to the mall by themselves. At ages between 14-18 teens are old enough to behave themselves and are responsible enough to have their own fun. I went to the mall with my friends when I was about 13 and I don't remember doing anything that we should not have been doing. I think that part of the excitement of being a teenager is being without your parents and not being able to shop with their friends is practically taking that away!
• United States
6 Apr 09
That is kind of lame.
@phoenix79 (304)
• United States
6 Apr 09
I do not think that this ban will last long. It seems to me that Teenagers are the ones that go to the mall the most.
6 Apr 09
i strongly disagree with this what this is doing is taking yet another right away from youths, the more you do this the more of them will have criminal records for silly things and this is also of huge inconvinience to parents that cant take them there because of work. And how humiliating for 17 year olds who have to be babysat at the mall!!
@playapal (894)
• United States
6 Apr 09
Where was this? I am surprised, my kids are grown but when they were teenagers I let them go to the mall with their friends a couple of times a month. They always had money to spend, they worked for it. Even if they didn't buy clothing they always bought food and sodas. What is the premise for this thought? Is it that it isn't safe for them or that they aren't safe to be around others? I'm sure that times have changed, my youngest is 25, but they have to be able to do something beside school and work.
@Lee_Rites (846)
• United States
6 Apr 09
My kids are too young to go to the mall by themselves. When I was a teenager I went to the mall by myself or with friends all the time. We used to go to the arcade and the movie theater that was located in the mall. As time goes by we are banning kids from doing all of the things we used to do. I can see them banning younger kids from the mall, but making the age limit 18 is ridiculous. I started working at a store in the mall when I was 16. Many teenagers do have money to spend. They are allowed to work by themselves. They can earn the money but they can't spend it without parental supervision?