Jon Delano, CBS Pittsburgh, February 9, 2015
After a 17-year-old shot three people at the Monroeville Mall, CBL and Associates, the mall owner, said it will card and eject unaccompanied minors from the mall on Fridays and Saturdays after 6 p.m. beginning on Feb. 27.
“We’ve examined a lot of our incidences over the past year and found that a lot of the problems that have occurred have been a result of unsupervised youth,” Stacey Keating, CBL’s corporate marketing specialist, told KDKA money editor Jon Delano on Monday.
“They’ve instituted this in about 25 other malls, and it’s a very successful policy,” noted Monroeville mayor Gregory Erosenko who supports this Youth Escort Policy. “We’re certainly going to put our arms around it.”
“Security officers are going to be prepared to ask for identification if a person’s age cannot be easily determined and they appear to be under the age of 18,” added Keating.
The carding may occur at mall entrances or within the mall–with minors required to have a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, or guardian with them.
Older siblings don’t count, and it’s one adult for every three children.