A local mall is implementing an “escort policy” for anyone under 18 who wants to shop on Friday and Saturday. After 6pm, these minors have to have an adult escort.
As an unwilling adult, I get that the mall is trying to stop the troublemakers. Really, I do. I see some punks around the mall on Saturdays and I just want to shake them. They drive me crazy. And I’m normally at the mall around 2 in the afternoon.
As a forever-at-heart teenager, this is a bunch of crap. There are more good kids out there than bad. And what if they are on a date? A lot of movie theaters are located in malls. Who wants a freaking escort on a date? Where can these kids go now?
This all seems a little stupid. How many “grown-ups” really shop that late? And if you go to the mall, what do you really expect to see? Malls are made for teenagers with money to burn. Most of the stores are geared towards them, not us. Sorry, but it’s true.
Officials say that this policy is being implemented with the imput of the local government, school officials, and community leaders. All because of “inapporpriate behavior” of a few kids. What behavior? No specifics were provided. As for school officials….When do they run the mall?
Malls are there to make money. Period. Instead of adding more security, this particular mall implements a policy that will only alienate its customers. Five years from now, these kids will remember that they couldn’t hang out there.
As what is pretty much the norm in our society, the bad ruins the fun for the good. Even if there is more good than bad.