Towson, Md. (WJZ)– Towson Town Center says the new “Parental Guidance Required” policy went off without any problems.
The policy doesn’t say anyone can not come to the mall, but it does require anyone who is under the age of 18 to have an adult 21 years of age or older accompany them after 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Security checkpoints at each Towson Town Mall entrance is the new norm on Friday and Saturday nights.
The parental guidance required policy kicks in to mixed reception.
“These were like my Friday night plans all the time, just coming here, but now I have to bring a parent and it’s irritating,” said Sydney Sutherland, a teenage customer.
“I’m excited for it. We get a lot of families who shop with us on a regular basis and on Friday and Saturday nights at 4 o’clock, you hear them say, ‘time to go- time to go,'” said Patty Soukup, an employee at the Marbles the Brain Store.
According to records, during the first weekend, security at Towson Town Center turned away 410 juveniles over the weekend with 194 on Friday and 216 that Saturday night.
“I kind of feel disappointed. I mean, I came all the way out here and to not be able to go in is like of a let down, because I didn’t know about this beforehand,” said Nigel Campbell, a teen who was denied access to the mall.
The mall’s owners say research showed customers felt intimidated by number of people under the age of 18 in groups.
“We still want the kids to come, but we want you to come with a parent or guardian,” said Lisa Bisenius, Senior General Manager at Towson Town Center.
The mall is open 73 hours a week and the curfew makes up just 8 of those hours.