A local mall has had enough with teenagers who wander around every weekend unsupervised, and now management is taking a dramatic step to end it.
Rivergate Mall is often jam-packed on Friday and Saturday nights, but the crowd is often mostly made up by teens who are there, not to buy anything, but rather to socialize.
Mall officials have announced that beginning in May, they will implement a youth escort policy, in which anyone under age 18 would have to be escorted by someone over the age of 21 after 6 p.m. each Friday and Saturday.
It would not apply to those teens who work in the mall. They will be issued identification so management will know who is supposed to be there alone and who isn't.
Officials are hoping this policy change will weed out those young people who are simply using the mall as an after-hours hangout, and they hope it would also help cut down on crime and the fights that have broken out in the mall.
Hickory Hollow is the only other area mall with a similar policy against unaccompanied minors. Hickory Hollow had problems with loitering before adding the policy, but some say the crowds of young people hanging out there may have contributed to the mall's steady decline in tenants.
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