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Mall Security Turns Down Request To Help Employees At Cary Towne Center

Posted December 29, 1999

— Two women who work at Cary Towne Center claim when they needed help, their security was not a priority.

On Wednesday night, two 18-year-old women feared for their safety because two men who propositioned them kept walking by the store where they work in the mall.

Bethany May was one of the young women.

"My co-worker and I were just really uncomfortable," May said. "We really didn't want to walk out to our cars by ourselves."

When Bethany and her co-worker called mall security, which regularly patrols the parking lot, to request an escort to their cars, they were turned down, not once but twice.

Steve Crossey, the father of Bethany's co-worker, got involved when he received a frantic call from his daughter. Crossey called mall security himself.

"She said that it wasn't their job to escort anyone to their car even if they felt threatened," Crossey said. "I've always brought my children up that if there is a problem, they should contact security."

The young women had to call Cary Police Department for an escort to their cars.

In a statement released about the incident, Cary Towne Center officials wrote in part:

"In the event a store associate or mall customer has circumstances that cause them to request an escort, Cary Towne Center's security officers would make every effort to provide appropriate accompaniment for that person."

Mall officials are not saying whether disciplinary action will be taken against the security employees.

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