And while the policy could turn away some teen shoppers, Christina Wilson says it makes her feel safer."Definitely, definitely.You can't go to the mall and have fun with two little ones iif you've gotta worry about running, and ducking and diving," Wilson said."It encourages families, teens to come to the mall together to use our amenities," said Monica Kalicki, marketing director at Chicago Ridge Mall.
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Teens who split from the adult will be asked by security to contact that person by cell phone, or leave the mall.
"I think it's not a good policy because I feel like everybody shouldn't be punished for other people's actions," said mall patron Kameron Tucker.
Starting Friday, mall visitors who are 17 years old and under must be escorted by and adult parent or legal guardian that is 21 or older on Friday and Saturday nights.
Mall officials said the policy's goal is not to keep teens away, but to foster a family-friendly environment.
They also said they plan to strictly enforce the new policy.
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Mall officials say they planned to put the restrictions in place long before a Dec. The incident quickly escalated after some mall-goers believed shots were fired."That incident had nothing to do with our decision process to implement the YSP," Kalicki said.