Official: Towson Mall Visitors 17 And Under Must Be Accompanied By Adult

BALTIMORE (WJZ)— The Towson Town Center announced on Thursday that all mall visitors age 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult on Fridays and Saturdays in ordinance with their new “Parental Guidance Required Program”.

The ordinance, which begins on September 16, goes into effect after 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday, officials say.

“Everyone is welcome at Towson Town Center at any time – we simply require that during certain hours families spend their shopping time together,” Lisa Bisenius, Senior General Manager of Towson Town Center.  “Providing a pleasant and comfortable experience for our guests is our top priority.  The PGR program is intended to enhance the shopping experience in ways the entire community will appreciate.”

During the PGR hours, public safety officers will check the IDs of visitors who appear to be under the age of 18. If they are unable to provide a valid photo ID showing they are at least 18, they will be asked to leave.

“One adult may accompany up to four youths and all accompanied youth must remain with the supervising adult at all times,” said an Towson Town Center officials in a news release. “Those who provide proper identification demonstrating they are at least 18 will be offered an optional wristband.  Individuals, who choose not to wear the wristband, may be asked for ID again by public safety officers patrolling inside the Mall.  Valid identification includes a state issued driver’s license or ID card, a military ID, a school ID card, or a passport.”

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One Comment

  1. I feel a discrimination lawsuit coming on by single parents with more than four children. This is ridiculous and shameful. I guess the “affluent” town of Townson doesn’t have room for families that love children or have blended families that like to shop. And to think I almost bought my house there. #Shameful

  2. Crustmaster says:

    no teenager is going to want to try going to the mall with their friends on a friday or saturday if theyre required to have a parent with them. Congrats towson, you just killed a whole lot of business!

  3. JoeyG says:

    Great idea! It will keep the Mall a little more peaceful on the weekends. Too many out of control, loud kids in there now a days. I have to agree with Caren though, there could be some discrimination lawsuits filed, but I think it will be for racial reasons. The only people who will offended are the parents of the youths coming from City in droves on the buses. They send their very young children( I’ve seen kids who look 11-12 yrs old)to the mall to be babysat on the weekends. The Police stopping black kids and asking for ID is going to be a big problem. The protests starting for Black Kids Matter is only a matter of time. Good move by the Mall for pleasing the shoppers, bad move for all the negative publicity they will get.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I doubt the hoards of children that swarm the mall and the surrounding area on weekends are providing a big economic boost to the area. My cousin works in the mall and reports that huge groups on teens run into the store right before closing, trash the place, get in fights, and then run out. I live near by and have seen huge groups of approximately 100 or so teens and children fighting and running into traffic causing chaos. I am so happy Towson Town Center implemented this rule! People that don’t like it can go trash another area.

  5. This is a discriminatory policy and that angle should have been covered in the news report. Could you not find anyone that is against this policy so that you could have a balanced report? We at the National Youth Right Association (also located in Maryland) has fought against these types of curfews for years.

  6. Retired Merchant says:

    The youths that hang-out at the Malls do not spend an abundance of cash while they are there. They come to socialize and to have fun. They are loud, disruptive and irritating to others. The merchants have complained for years, that is why a lot of Malls are empty. It is not discrimination. This would not be necessary if parents taught their demons how to act in public. All the property owners should implement this policy during business hours. Malls are private property.

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