Editorial: "Parent's Babysit - Not Malls"

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Last week the Eastdale Mall took a position that if you under the age of 18 and want to come to their mall you're going to need adult supervision between the hours of 6pm and 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

Why don't we do this, let's weigh the reactions of the parties involved (teens and mall/retailers) as we decide if this was a good move.  Now the 18 and under crowd are not happy about this as this was a "destination" to meet up with friends.

In their minds and quite possibly the reality of things, is "this is the only place to go to meet up with friends on Friday and Saturday nights." On the other hand, the retailers in the mall have already reacted positively with the change as they see themselves now serving current mall shoppers and hopefully return shoppers in a more professional and comfortable environment.

Now as we weigh the two against each other, the scales in our opinion, tip in favor of the mall and retailers who are there to run their businesses and not babysit young adults.

While we do feel Montgomery officials should have safe, alternative locations for young adults to congregate we certainly feel it was within the malls rights to do what they felt had to be done.

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