Joliet mall teen supervision policy begins Friday

JOLIET, Ill. (WLS) -- A new policy takes effect Friday at the mall in southwest suburban Joliet.

The youth supervision policy, much like policies adopted at malls around the country, is a new approach at Louis-Joliet Mall, where managers are trying to combat issues with unsupervised teens. Neighbors told ABC7 Eyewitness News the mall has been plagued with problems. Fights break out and things escalate.

June Brown has lived behind the mall for years. She said problems seem to be getting worse. It's so bad, she rarely goes to the mall anymore.

"I am selective at the times that I go. I'll go if I want to run into say, Carson's. I'll go when they open up and it was always a safe place. It's not a safe place anymore," Brown said.

Mall officials hope to recreate a family friendly environment.

Salvador Cabrera heard about the new policy from his two teenagers. He said he believes it's the right move to make.

"I like it. I think it will keep the kids out of the mall if they are not there to buy or go to the theater," Cabrera said.

His daughter, 17-year-old Amanda Cabrera, agreed.

"For the late night, like at night, it would definitely solve it more," she said.

Shoppers will be greeted Friday by mall security, who will provide a handout about the new rules.

Anyone age 17 or younger has to be escorted by an adult, parent or legal guardian age 21 or older on Fridays and Saturdays between 5 p.m. and close. One adult may accompany up to six youths at a time.

Teens scheduled to work during the policy hours will need to show a valid ID and proof of employment.

Other shoppers may be asked to provide proof of age with a valid ID such as a driver's license, state ID card, military ID, passport or visa.

The new policy does not apply to the movie theater in the mall.
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