Shopping Malls Are Increasingly Putting Restrictions on Teens - ABC News
New Policies Exterminating Teen Mall Rats
Shopping Malls Find That Banning Unaccompanied Teens Is Good for Business
Sept. 23, 2010
On Friday and Saturday nights, at an increasing number of malls across the country, teenagers are being forced to bring along the one person they'd most likely rather leave behind: a parent.
Dozens of malls now have what they call a "parental escort policy," meaning teens under the age of 18 have to be with a parent or guardian who is 21 or over to enter. Most shopping centers have these restrictions only on weekend evenings, but some keep them in place seven days a week.