For teens at the NorthPark Center mall in Dallas, there’s no more whiling away the hours loitering at the food court with their school chums. If kids under the age of 18 want to hang at the mall after 6:00 p.m., they now have to do it with parents in tow.
“I really do respect that there are parents who may not agree with us completely,” a NorthPark spokesman tells CBS Dallas-Fort Worth. “I can tell you that we’ve also spoken with all of the merchants in NorthPark and they think this a very good idea.”
The mall will randomly check IDs of unaccompanied teens. If they are 17 or under and sans parent or guardian, they’ll be asked to leave or to have said parent/guardian come join them in their evening revels.
Teens heading to the movie theater will be exempt while they are actually at the movie, but if they want to linger in the mall afterward, they are out of luck.
And obviously, those teens who work in the mall would not need to have their parents standing nearby while they work.