In case you weren’t aware, there were a lot of fights at American malls last weekend. Eight were reported in cities like Pittsburgh, Chicago, Sacramento, and Nashville, and it appears teens were to blame, with the incidents starting as relatively small problems between kids and ballooning from there. The mall in Pittsburgh was totally closed after multiple flights broke out, moved from floor to floor, and a crowd of 1,000 teens, clued in via social media, arrived to watch the action, per reports from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
All that action has brought back conversation surrounding whether teens should be allowed to shop and socialize solo at malls, something Danica discussed with you guys a full two years ago. Then it was an upscale Dallas mall announcing teens had to be with someone over 21 if they wanted to be on premises past 6 P.M.
Nearly 70 malls across the country now have similar policies in place, according to what Jesse Tron, director of communications and media relations at the International Council of Shopping Centers, told Footwear News. “Anecdotally you see an increase in sales after something like that is implemented. The reason is simply because older patrons feel safer if there has been an issue at that particular property. It’s not something that a mall would go to quickly or lightly, obviously, because teens are customers as well.”