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Shoppers support Cross Creek Mall limit on unescorted teens

Posted June 2, 2012

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— At Cross Creek Mall Saturday night, shoppers, especially teenagers, came to terms with the new policy that will require anyone 18 or younger to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Youth Escort Policy takes effect June 15 and will be enforced after 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Lamont Shaw, 20, remembers the allure of hanging out with friends. "I don't like the idea," he said.

Shaw worries that teens will find somewhere else to hang out. "I think I'd rather them be in the mall doing something than out in the street doing nothing," he said.

Mall manager Matt Holligan pointed out that the policy limits only six hours out of a 72-hour weekend.

Security will enforce teen escort policy at Cross Creek Mall Security will enforce teen escort policy at Cross Creek Mall

"We believe the youth escort policy is in the best interest of all patrons," he said. It was developed at the urging of local government and business leaders.

"Shoppers have expressed concerns about the uncomfortable atmosphere Friday and Saturday nights due to the behavior of unsupervised youth," he said.

Shopper Danna Aeschliman agreed. "I have three children, and I want to feel safe," she said. "I'm not aware of any violent activity going on, but if it there is and it curbs it, then I'm all for it."

Teens who work at the mall on Friday and Saturday nights will have to wear identification. Security guards will monitor the mall entrances to enforce the new policy.


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  • JohnFLob Jun 4, 2012

    IF, repet IF, WRAL has reported the facts accureately this policy is poorly conceived and implemented. Did they not consider that an 18 year old may have graduted from high school, found a well paying job, and has moved to his/her own apartment/house? Does he/she now have to call a parent to accompany them to the mall?

  • storchheim Jun 4, 2012

    A private party can forbid anyone from entering private property any time. "Not sure how" you all missed that. Every time there's a story about zoning violations, there's a contingent here that proclaims that NO ONE can tell them what to do on their property! "Not sure why" that's admirable but your misbehaved snowflakes' whims outweigh the property owners' decision.

  • storchheim Jun 4, 2012

    "Not sure how..."

    Not sure how you avoided the concept of private property in your travels.

  • babsd24 Jun 4, 2012

    Ok so they do need to change the age to Under 18!

  • mfarmer1 Jun 4, 2012

    >> "Who is going to pay for that, shoppers ????"

    Yes, As they do now.

  • tarheelfan41 Jun 4, 2012

    War vet on leave from army tries to take his wife and kids to the mall and only the young kids can go in, the vet and his wife are teens... Think that will happen much since Fort Bragg is just down the road? A war vet with one leg blown off by an IED in Afghanistan and his platoon buddies turned away at a mall by rent a cops. How do you think that will play out?

    How about a dess code or behavior code? Caught using foul language or acting anyway out of line and you are thrown out and not allowed to returned. Wouldn't that make better sense than ticking off half of the customers?

  • lillyss0017 Jun 4, 2012

    Cross Creek Mall visitors under 18 years of age are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 years or older at all times on Friday and Saturday evenings after 6 p.m.

    This is what it actually states...WRAL added the 18 part.

  • lessismore Jun 4, 2012

    Last time I was at Cross Creek Mall it looked like a circus scene, no place to take young kids. Yellow/blue/red spikes hair, chains, bolts in ears and tonges, and clothes that made these young adults look homeless. 18 and under is a good rule but it should be everyday, not just on week-ends.

  • SSG GOOCH Jun 4, 2012

    I agree with 2xMom 18 is an adult..so why is it 18 and under. You can go vote..fight for your country but you cant go shopping coming now. Make it 17 and under...

  • Ol Forrester Jun 4, 2012

    There's a lot of talk about "stepping up security." Who is going to pay for that, shoppers ????