Dozens of Shopping Malls and other public places across the country have implemented a policy which requires teenagers under the age of eighteen years to be accompanied by guidance above 21 years and parents to the Mall after 4.00 pm on Friday and Saturday. The policy restricts the time teenagers can go to the mall alone and also avoid teenagers from walking in a group within the mall (Shenk 5). Several people have argued that this policy is babysitting and it is not good since it violets the right of teenagers and it is also dictatorial and can cause malls a lot of customers. Managers drawn from several malls argue that the policy is necessary to avoid incidences where kids use the mall as a place for hangout. Though the policy has reduced the traffic in many Malls across the country, several managers agreed that allowing teenagers to access the Mall anytime can be problematic and therefore, it is necessary to implement such policy (Meredith 12). However, the policy is timely and it is important to be implemented fully because it will allow Malls to reduce the number of teenagers hanging out and hence reduce unnecessary traffic, the policy improve image of the mall and therefore, it is good for business.
Studies have shown that minors below eighteen years usually hangout in Malls after school and during weekends with nothing much too. Several minors come to the mall to just to relax and meet friends around the movie theaters. This creates unnecessary traffic which makes a mall look like a hanging place for teenagers and therefore, this scare away serious business people and old clients from such a mall (Schaefer 5). Therefore, the restriction policy will reduce the unnecessary traffic caused by minors and also create enough space and make the mall look spotless. According to Tri County Mall in Cincinnati, teenagers use mall as a place for socializing which affect businesses within the mall and the mall itself. It scares invested since an investor will imagine that the mall is for hanging out or a dance hall because when teenagers are in groups they make noise and often become unruly and likely to affect businesses within the mall. Therefore, it is important to control the traffic and ensure that we minimize the number of teens within the mall at a particular time (Meredith 2).
However, some people argue that the policy is uncalled for and it should be abolished since it violets the right of teens and also deny teens the right to meet and socialize at the malls. Most parents opposed to the idea argue that teens are no longer driven to school and can take of themselves and come back home, hence the idea of walking a seventeen years old to the mall is a punish to parents and should be allowed (Shenk 10). The policy is also likely to affect other business within the mall such clothing stores where teenagers usually hangout and end up doing some shopping as well. For instance, a study has shown that since the policy became active in New York, teens clothing stores have registered a decline in sales especially on Fridays and Saturdays. Though teens are part of customers and they make a percentage of targeted customers buy some shops within the malls, the presence of many teens make the mall untidy and usually send away inventors and old customers are the high spending and therefore, the policy is a long overdue.
In conclusion, policy is necessary since it is good for business and it will also help in addressing unruly behavior, noise and other unwanted behavior from the mall. Studies have indicated that teen curfew can improve business since older customers and investors would be willing to spend time in the mall where the noise, bad behavior and not crowded rather than a crowded place and therefore, the policy is likely to increase business for the malls.
Meredith, Robyn. “Big Mall’s Curfew Raises Questions Of Rights and Bias.”
http://www.nytimes.com/1996/09/04/us/big-mall-s-curfew-raises-questions-of-rights-and-bias.html (2014): 1-10.
Schaefer, Kayleen. “New Policies Exterminating Teen Mall Rats.”
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/shopping-malls-increasingly-putting-restrictions-teens/story?id=11701470 (2010): 2-15.
Shenk, Julia. “Carousel Center policy says Friday and Saturday night shoppers must be 18 plus.”
Daily Orange (2018): 2-15.