Two Mid-MO Malls Start New Teen Policies
"I don't mind spending time with my mom. I know a lot of kids don't, but you know I'm 16 and i don't even like coming alone on a Friday night or Saturday because there's creepy people out there in the mall. And, i think it's a good idea though," said Jessica Phautsh.
One shopper who took her 16 year- old granddaughter to the Columbia Mall this afternoon, says she hopes the change works.
"Well, if these younger people can't be in here by themselves, and they have to have some supervision, then things will probably be as they should be. With some supervision, because it gets pretty wild without it sometimes," said Meribeth Long, shopper.
Many minors are not happy about the change, but officials say it should offer a better shopping environment and boost sales. The mall may require proof of age from the youth and the supervising adult. Valid ID includes a state issued driver's license, a military ID, a school ID card, or a passport. The ID must be tamper proof and include a photograph and date of birth. One adult may accompany up to six youths, and teens must remain with the adult the entire time they're in the mall.