by Alex Lloyd Gross
Kids will be kids. Some of the things that teenagers do is fun, but only to them. A loud argument over which girl or guy is cuter, a food fight, or horseplay. It’s a natural rite of passage, but it’s also causing problems in the Neshaminy Mall , when school is not in session.. A group of 35 year old men or 75 year old women who go to the mall do not want their quiet ,good times disturbed by loud teenagers. . What constitutes fun to a 15 year old is not fun to a senior citizen, or even to an adult. Police have been getting complaints and will now detail an officer to the mall for the near future.
Those that engage in disorderly conduct can run the risk of being banned from the mall for life. That means the stunt that got you into trouble can come back to haunt you later in life. You could be ejected from the mall or arrested for trespassing if you go back to the mall in the future. Imagine how someone would feel walking around the mall with their fiance and they were approached by security or police, to be walked to the exit or even arrested. The reason? A few years ago they got banned from the mall and went back. They may have forgotten about the incident that got them banned. The mall management did not. Even if they turned their life around and don’t hang with the same people they did at 16. If you don’t think the mall management does not keep a record of people that were banned, you would be wrong.
If the problems continue, the mall could detail security to monitor the entrances to the mall , and not let people in under 18 unless accompanied by a parent, which is a tactic used by other malls in the region in the past. In a plea to parents, Bensalem Police put out an advisory part of it said “Parents, if you plan to allow your children to visit the mall unsupervised, we ask that you have a conversation with them before they go and stress the importance of following the rules and the potential consequences if they fail to do so.”