TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Towson Town Center extended their age restrictions for who is allowed to be in the center without an adult.
A statement on their website said the following:
“Shoppers who are under 18 must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older on Fridays and Saturdays after 5:00 PM and after 1:00 PM on Wednesday, December 26th through Tuesday, January 1st.”
The website said the rule is in place to help ensure all guests have an enjoyable shopping experience.
“That’s good, that’s good. I agree. They shouldn’t come without a parent,” said Gabriella Bonilla, a shopper.
It’s a policy that has some homes slightly divided.
[WJZ Reporter:] “As a granddaughter do you always want to be here with your grandmother?”
“No. I’m not rowdy, and I don’t think I’d cause any problems. I get it for the younger kids who do need a parent to stay under control, but for the older kids I don’t think it’s necessary,” said Sam Minkin, a 17-year-old shopper.
In 2016, Towson implemented a program where adult supervision was required every weekend evening if minors wanted to visit the mall.
More restrictions were implemented for the days after Christmas, and its now in the third year.
But some parents don’t think it’s necessary.
“I don’t think that’s a great idea. 16, 17, some of them can drive, as long as it’s not at night time, for me, I don’t think it’s a great idea,” said Love Teumo, a mother.
In 2015, fights broke out at the mall and teens were accused of throwing rocks toward police.
The mall’s parent company said there was no particular incident that forced them to make this change. But the mall in Columbia, White Marsh and Mondwamin Malls, which are all under the same company- do not have similar restrictions on young shoppers.
The adult supervision doesn’t have to be a parent, just at least 21-years-old, and up to five minors can tag along with that designated adult.