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Fayetteville mall set to implement teen escort policy

Posted June 15, 2012

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— Beginning Friday, teens younger than 18 wanting to hang out at Cross Creek Mall on Friday and Saturday nights will have to be accompanied by a guardian who is at least 21. 

Mall officials said the Youth Escort Policy was designed to curtail a rising number of youth hanging out at the mall and related disturbances occurring there on Friday and Saturday nights.

The policy was implemented after mall management received feedback from local government, business leaders and members of the community. 

"I think it's a good idea. I have three children and I want to feel safe," said shopper Danna Aeschliman. "I'm not aware of any violent activity going on, but if there is and (the policy) curbs it, then I'm all for it."

Security guards will monitor the entrances of the mall after 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays to enforce the new policy. Teens who work at the mall will be allowed to work after 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, but will have to wear special identification. 

Raleigh's Triangle Town Center implemented a similar policy in 2008 after 200 people participated in a gang-related brawl inside the mall.

"We believe the policy is in the best interest of all patrons," Cross Creek manager Matt Holligan said. "Shoppers have expressed concerns about the uncomfortable atmosphere Friday and Saturday nights due to the behavior of unsupervised youth."

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  • shortcake53 Jun 15, 2012

    Sherlock, if a teen is seen without a parent, they are put in a special room and not allowed out until a parent arrives to get them. "They are in another part of the mall " doesnt cut it.

  • Sherlock Jun 15, 2012

    this will not last that long as parents will just stop coming and that will effect the sales of the stores, also the teens will still come and when stopped just my parents are at another part of the mall.

  • shortcake53 Jun 15, 2012

    Maybe if PARENTS were a little more involved the local youth could be deterred. Its not the police depts job to raise your kids, YOU had them, YOU raise them.

  • smegma Jun 15, 2012

    nice. don't hang out here at the mall. go do drugs in the alley instead. maybe if the local police were a little more involved in the local youth alot of this could be deterred

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 15, 2012

    Affirmative - "Yeah, but how likely are those military guys and gals between 18yr and 21 yr to be willing to be hassled just to enter the place."

    I'm thinking they're use to showing their military ID and won't mind showing it again.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 15, 2012

    6pm seems kinda early, but I understand the policy.

    Sad that laws have to enforce behavior that parents should be enforcing.

  • 37 Jun 15, 2012

    They have teen escorts? This is a place with checking out!

  • shortcake53 Jun 15, 2012

    Triangle Town Center has had this policy for a while now and it works just fine. Its nice to know we can go shopping without having to dodge groups of kids just hanging around, blocking the way for anyone else, or taking up all the benches and seats.

  • affirmativediversity Jun 15, 2012

    scubagirl yes older people do go to the mall, but im talking statistically 18-30yr old make up probably 85 percent. my point was that no money would be lost. as someone said shops would lose business. this is a military town for god sake, because of that iam right most that shop at the mall are young military guys that have money to blow and most of them are 18-30 yrs old. per eham

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    Yeah, but how likely are those military guys and gals between 18yr and 21 yr to be willing to be hassled just to enter the place.

    I'm thinking after a few have been hassled once or twice to prove they don't need to bring their Mommy or Daddy they'll just stop going.

  • storchheim Jun 15, 2012

    Steve Mc, don't know how old you are but you must have grown up before Sharpton, Jackson et al were hunting lawsuit$ and media expo$ure.

    The problem with only addressing the "bad" teens is it leaves the mall and individual mall cop open to lawsuits, charges of profiling and bad publicity. Plus as someone here so sensibly pointed out, you can't address bad behavior till after it's occurred.

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