Triangle Town Center creates new policy for teens
Starting Oct. 3, parents are required to accompany shoppers under 18-years-old on weekend nights at the Triangle Town Center.Posted — Updated
“We are concerned about our shoppers, and we want to give them a family friendly and enjoyable shopping experience every time they come,” Love said.
Love said the mall is trying to curtail the number of unsupervised teens at the mall during evening hours.
The new police requires that from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, anyone younger than 18 must have a parent or guardian over 21 with them at all times while inside the mall.
Mall security personnel will enforce the new policy. Security will conduct patrols and check identification if escorts do not look 21 years old.
Unaccompanied teens found inside the mall will be escorted to a reunion room, where they can contact a parent or guardian to pick them up. Love said teens who arrive without an escort will be turned away at the door or asked to leave by mall security.
Individuals found in violation of the Youth Escort Policy or the Code of Conduct who refuse to leave the property when requested to do so by mall security officers might be prosecuted for trespassing.
The center's corporate parent, CBL & Associates, has had success with similar policies at other properties, Love said.
Security guards handed out flyers at the mall on Friday to make customers aware of the policy.
“I think that’s a great policy,” adult shopper Gina Witcher said.
Mall management said store owners are on-board with the new policy and are not worried about business.
“A lot of time on Friday and Saturday, all we see are families out together anyway. We don’t think it’s going to be much of a problem,” Starbucks barista Kate Neumeier said.
“I think it’ll be a lot harder for kids to get their parents to come out here stopping on a Friday or Saturday. A lot people see the mall as a place to hang out; it shouldn’t be,” Cox said.
Glover said she believes her friends under 18 years old might head to Crabtree Valley Mall if they do not have an escort.
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