New rule for teens at the Mall at Greece Ridge Center

Full story: WHEC-TV Rochester, NY

There's a new rule at the Mall at Greece Ridge Center. Teenagers say it's unfair, but parents and town officials say it needs to be done.
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i think that this is stupid because you should not make the others ones pay for a fight that happened! if the mall is the only place for friedns to hang out the let it happen its not a big deal.
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Marlena Kolbuc said "That's kind of forcing people to go on the street and do something stupid." Just shows you how stupid teens really are. Maybe she should join a sport, drama club, or just do her homework!
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I think the idea as a whole is dumb. The kids are where the money is at. The mall will be severely hurt econmically because who does the people think goes and buys all this stuff at the mall, from hundred dollar Jordans to a Hot dog. I'm absolutely sure that the mall will suffer for these foolish rules.
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As a former security officer at Greece Ridge I am glad that the company is finally taking action. For the longest time we fought for control of the mall from the teeagers whos irresponsible partents let run wild. I cant tell you how many fights i helped to break up, how many shoplifters i took into custody, kids we caught either in the mall drunk (or dinking due to taking mommy's and daddy's alcohol) or groups who wanted to just "hang out" which were up to no good. It was an ongoing battle...now the company and the town has waken up (due to bad press on the mall). Also all of you who say that teenagers have a "right" to be in the mall, the mall is PRIVATE PROPERTY no one has a right to go in there it is a prividege to be there just follow the rules. And all of you deadbeat parents now have to WATCH your kids instead of mall security babysitting them, poor, poor pitiful you. This new rule is your falt for being a bad parent.
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Thank you for taking back our mall. I am so tired of kids just "hangin" with there friends, homey's or what ever. Enough is enough. The mall is not the place to show who you are, or what group you hang with. You want respect..earn it!! I know...get a job!!!!!!!!!!My day's of supporting you are over!Just an FYI, belts are on sale at Penney so your pants will stay up.
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Malls are not places to "hang out" they are places of business and commerce meant for individuals with purchases to make and services to have rendered. I've worked in area Malls for over 15 years, and the acting out by area juveniles continues to escalate to not only intolerable levels, but to downrigtht criminal and dangerous levels. Retailers and security guards alike are not hired to "babysit" the latch key riff-raff of the lesser fortunate or decidely indifferent. I applaud the actions of Wilmorite in their Greece Ridge Center and hope that they implement that policy in their other locations as well.
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i think that this rule is straight bullshit sorry but okay now say your 16 and need to get some shoes on saturday what can you do sorry for swearing.
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i think this rule is stupid bc most of the stores at greece ridge are for teens and no teen will want to been seen wiht a parent there so the mall wiht loose alot of money
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Terrance wrote:
I think the idea as a whole is dumb. The kids are where the money is at. The mall will be severely hurt econmically because who does the people think goes and buys all this stuff at the mall, from hundred dollar Jordans to a Hot dog. I'm absolutely sure that the mall will suffer for these foolish rules.
What?? Who does the people think goes and buys this stuff...what are you saying?
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I say let all the kids and thugs hang out at Medley Center , no stores to shop in so no trouble to cause
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Mike wrote:
Marlena Kolbuc said "That's kind of forcing people to go on the street and do something stupid." Just shows you how stupid teens really are. Maybe she should join a sport, drama club, or just do her homework!
for you to say something like this is stupidity all in itself. being a 19 year old college student i should not be treated like a child. I understand what they are trying to do. I know that there is a huge amount of violence at the mall between kids but it should be inforced for kids younger then 16. I could even understand for 17 year olds as well seeing that they are not considered legal adult yet. if something like this does come to pass they really need to reconsider who they are punishing through this restriction.
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Kids have been hanging out at that mall since it was built...I ought to know, I used to be a 'mall rat' 35+ years ago. The problem is not necessarily kids 'hanging at the mall'....the problem is that most kids today have no respect for anything or anyone....Parents today need to stop thinking that "my little Johnny or Janie would never do anything wrong". And they need to stop using the mall, sports, etc. as babysitters and dumping grounds for kids they don't want to be bothered with....What makes me maddest...my 19 year old college attending honor student part time working daughter may not be able to go to the mall to shop unless mommy or daddy goes with her...thank god she doesn't work there..she'd lose her job.
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It about time someone step up to the plate and show those kids that us adult won't take there crap of fighting now maybe I'll start going to the mall more often
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All too often, the mall is considered a "babysitter" for these kids.

The answer isn't to let these kids roam the malls in packs (like they do). It's in more parental involvement -- in parents being willing to provide a safe and supervised environment where kids can "hang out" and learn socialization skills, yet still be held somewhat accountable for what they say and do.

Failing that -- since we can't count on parents to do their JOBS, this is the best solution to the problem, in my opinion.
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This is ridiculous! Luckily I'm 18 now but in high school my friends and I would go to the mall together and did not cause any trouble. It is horrible how they are punishing the masses for the acts of a few induviduals. The mall will loose money and
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I agree that parents do need to take responsibility for there kids but I also see the problem of teenagers being forced onto smaller and smaller areas this is not the only place that is no longer allowing teens into what happens when teens can't go anywhere without there parents.
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The law says that all under the age of 19 must be accomatated by an adult.

I am 18 years old. I can vote for the next prsident of the United States, and yet I cannot go to a shopping mall? No matter how you slice it, thats just wrong.
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I think that it's about time that the mall owners did something. But it's also about time that the city/town did something so that teenagers did have a place to "hang." It wasn't many years ago that I was a teenager, and yes, it was hard to find somewhere to be with friends. We usually chose a friend's house, but that did not always work out. If we look back into my parent's generation, they had a lot of places to be with friends. They were able to be in abandoned lots, hang out on school grounds, on front porches, in cars, at a resturant, amoung many other places. Today's world, unfortuently is very different. The world is much more dangourous, and teens hanging on the corner, or by the library, or the school, or even on their own front porches are seen as a threat. I for one, cannot say that parents whose children go to the mall with friends, are not responsible; instead, aren't they more responsible than those who let their children be running around the neighborhood? At least at the mall, parents know that their children are protected somewhat; they know that the Greece Police and security are watching, and they also know that if they do something really stupid, they WILL find out. A good parent also knows that teens need their own space to make their own decisions and be with their friends; it is a normal part of development. But like it says in above comments, the mall is private property, and as such, they do have the right to restrict who comes on it, just as much as any homeowner does. So, it is up to the city/towns to give teens somewhere safe to be with friends. I will be the first to admit that the streets are not as safe as they were even 20 years ago; they are no place for teens, and that is exactly where they will be going unless the city/towns step in. Teens are suffering for something that is not their fault; they did not make the streets dangourous; the community did. The community is the one who does not look past their front step to make sure that the next generation succeeds. What only matters, is if their own child succeeds. The fact is, if this generation of children and teens is not instilled with the fact that they are important to the world and they can do anything, their generation will not succeed. Which means, the previous generations have not done their job. People in the suburbs can look down their nose at people in the city, people in victor can look down their noses at the people in Greece, but that's wrong. We're telling people that they are not as good as us, which is completly a lie. Towns and the city should take a hint that our children are in danger of learning that friends are not important; that THEY are not important, and as a person with a lot of background in human development, it will be best for everyone to put their prejustices aside and help our children realize that they do matter, and that they should be able to be with friends in a safe setting without being anchored to their parents.
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I think that it's about time that the mall owners did something. But it's also about time that the city/town did something so that teenagers did have a place to "hang." It wasn't many years ago that I was a teenager, and yes, it was hard to find somewhere to be with friends. We usually chose a friend's house, but that did not always work out. If we look back into my parent's generation, they had a lot of places to be with friends. They were able to be in abandoned lots, hang out on school grounds, on front porches, in cars, at a resturant, amoung many other places. Today's world, unfortuently is very different. The world is much more dangourous, and teens hanging on the corner, or by the library, or the school, or even on their own front porches are seen as a threat. I for one, cannot say that parents whose children go to the mall with friends, are not responsible; instead, aren't they more responsible than those who let their children be running around the neighborhood? At least at the mall, parents know that their children are protected somewhat; they know that the Greece Police and security are watching, and they also know that if they do something really stupid, they WILL find out. A good parent also knows that teens need their own space to make their own decisions and be with their friends; it is a normal part of development. But like it says in above comments, the mall is private property, and as such, they do have the right to restrict who comes on it, just as much as any homeowner does. So, it is up to the city/towns to give teens somewhere safe to be with friends. I will be the first to admit that the streets are not as safe as they were even 20 years ago; they are no place for teens, and that is exactly where they will be going unless the city/towns step in. Teens are suffering for something that is not their fault; they did not make the streets dangourous; the community did. The community is the one who does not look past their front step to make sure that the next generation succeeds. What only matters, is if their own child succeeds. The fact is, if this generation of children and teens is not instilled with the fact that they are important to the world and they can do anything, their generation will not succeed. Which means, the previous generations have not done their job. People in the suburbs can look down their nose at people in the city, people in victor can look down their noses at the people in Greece, but that's wrong. We're telling people that they are not as good as us, which is completly a lie. Towns and the city should take a hint that our children are in danger of learning that friends are not important; that THEY are not important, and as a person with a lot of background in human development, it will be best for everyone to put their prejustices aside and help our children realize that they do matter, and that they should be able to be with friends in a safe setting without being anchored to their parents.
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Feb 22, 2008
 
I remember when there were the two malls there. Greece Town mall and Long Ridge Mall. Even then that was the hang out and sure, there were fights. They even to out "The Pit" (seating area in the middle of LRM) because of hangin' out. It's going to be a real inconvienence for the parents who do most of thier catching up on things over the weekends and the kids, They'll just go somewhere else and hang there. I say that if any improvement is to made there then just step up security. Amp up security and the teens that have trouble on the brain will eventually have to be accompanied by there parents anyway as they're being walked out. Hopefully along with a court date and some public humiliation:) I think over all, parents just aren't going to have that kind of leisure time to hang in the mall either.

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