Georgia Mall Bans Teens Without Parents

Georgia Mall Bans Teens Without Parents

Published March 27, 2009

If teens want to hang out at one Georgia mall, mommy and daddy have to be with them.

Lithonia Mall at Stonecrest is banning anyone under the age of 18 from the mall during the weekend, unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The ban will take effect next week and will apply on Fridays and Saturdays after 4 p.m., when young people usually wander around the mall freely, Donald Bieler, a mall spokesman told the paper.

“We want to promote family and safety and shopping in DeKalb. This will allow us to enhance our existing code of conduct,” he said.

This isn’t the first mall in the Atlanta area to enact such a policy; Douglas County’s Arbor Place Mall began enforcing its ban in 2007. And across the country, at least 40 malls have some type of parental escort rule, reports the paper.

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