Last call for mall crawl.
People-watching outside of Hot Topic while munching on Boardwalk Fries is a total teen pastime, right? But some malls are closing up shop for kids. The Fairlane Town Center outside of Detroit has enacted a curfew that prohibits anyone under 17 from entering the mall after 5 p.m. unless accompanied by an adult. The idea behind the curfew is to prevent other shoppers from being intimidated by droves of teens who come to hang out. "It's not meant to say they don't want teens in their center," says Patrice Duker of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Granted, kids have been thrown out because of disorderly conduct. But what about the rest, who are just looking for a safe place to hang. Does this mean no more mall? Fairlane isn't the only mall to put a curfew in place; other mails are following suit. Yours could be next.