The mall is like an oasis for teenagers. They go there to get away from their parents. But soon they'll have to bring their parents in order to be allowed inside. This new policy was initiated after fights broke out inside the mall in recent weeks involving teenagers. And if you are one, you're not going to like this policy.
In the next 30 days a new policy will be formed to protect shoppers at the Greece Ridge Mall. Right now, the details of that policy are being ironed out. Greece Town Supervisor John Auberger says it could look something like this. Teenagers 19 years or under will have to be accompanied by a parent on Friday and Saturday nights. The restriction could begin as early as four in the afternoon until closing.
Most shoppers we talked to say it's about time a policy like this is implemented.
“I just think it's a good idea they have something like this going on it needs to be under control,” said Andrea Gleichauf, a shopper.
"There's been a lot of gang associated things going on I think it makes sense to have more supervision," said Laurinda Insalaco, a shopper.
But not everyone agrees, especially those who may soon be affected by the parental policy.
"I wouldn't like it because it would kind of stink if I had to have my mom watch me all the time," said Brenda Clark, a teenager.
Greece Town Supervisor John Auberger says the mall's own security will enforce the policy, but Greece police will be their backup.
"It's unfortunate that we have to do this, but sometimes with this day and age you need to take the precautions," said Auberger.
Again this new policy is being ironed out. The Greece Police Department and the Town and the mall are meeting next week to come up with the details. But they do expect the new policy to be implemented in 30 days.