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article imageShopping mall requires teens to be with parents after 6pm

By Owen Weldon     May 11, 2012 in World
Dallas - Teens who go to the NorthPark Center mall in Dallas will need to be accompanied by a parent if they decide to visit that mall after six at night.
Bridget Johnson is a mother of a 15-year-old. Johnson said that she thinks it is parents' responsibilities to know where their kids are, what they are doing and who they are hanging out with.
According to DFW, NorthPark has a new code of coduct that will require anybody who is 17 or younger to be with a parent if they choose to be inside the mall after 6:00 p.m. Mark Annick is a spokesman for NorthPark and he said that he knows there are parents who will not agree with the new rule. Annick continued to say that he respects that fact but merchants at the mall feel that the new rule is a good idea.
According to KSEE, the new rule was brought into play on Wednesday. Another rule was also introduced. Visitors to the mall will also need to wear appropriate clothing that is suitable for a 'family oriented' mall.
The new rules were introduced because of a bid to make sure that the mall will stay a family friendly atmosphere for the 20 million plus people who visit the mall every single year.
The center’s management said the code was not brought in after any particular incidents or complaints but in a bid to maintain a family atmosphere for the estimated 26 million visitors who come to the mall each year.
The Toronto Star reports that teenagers took to Twitter and wrote about how unfair it is that the mall decided to introduce the new rule.
Another mall spokeswoman, Victoria Snee, said that if mall security sees someone they think is 17 or younger, then they will approach them and as for ID. If the teens are 17 or younger their parents will be called and asked to come and pick up their kids or supervise them, according to Snee.
Snee added that they will not detain anyone but they will ask offenders to go outside where they were dropped off.
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