Malls to Rowdy Teen: Not Accompanied by an Adult? Get Lost!

Tired of rowdy teenagers, malls across the United States have adopted a new strategy (that seems to be working): no teenagers during evening hours unless accompanied by adults!

In 1995, the Mall of America had more than 300 incidents such as fights, says spokeswoman Anna Lewicki Long. In the first year teens under 16 were required to be with an adult starting at 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, there were two.

"It wasn't just adults being intimidated, it was teens," she says. The change didn't drive teens away: The number of stores catering to them has doubled to more than 75.


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