Guess We'll Just Break into Your Dad's Liquor Cabinet

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

In response to recent "disorderly and disruptive" incidents, mall security two weeks ago started distributing fliers outlining the mall's "general code of conduct," according to mall Manager Ginny Szymanski. From 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, mall security guards now stand outside two entrances to make sure anyone under 16 has a parent or someone over 21 with them.
I can't recall anything worth anticipating more than the weekend to spend at the mall with a girlfriend and without parents. If we wanted to go to that store...done. If we wanted to eat at that place...done. If we wanted to spend whatever little money we had on that useless light exhibit at the hologram store...done. If she dared me to run up the down-escalator that was completely occupied with shoppers and a security guard...done.

Being at the mall without parents as a kid was an exhilarating rush of responsibility and freedom that today's children are losing, because "disorderly and disruptive" incidents are ruining it for the good kids. The last place you want them alone at is in a friend's house with nothing to do except find things that shouldn't be found.