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There are so many things I love about this sign – found inside the entrance of the big shopping mall in Syracuse: the Carousel Center.

  • The concept: In theory, you would think I’d be all for something that takes rights away from children (and snarky teens). Not this time. Yes, gangs of teens roving the mall can be annoying, but really, how often do they break off to harangue the other mall patrons? The fact is, there’s little else to do in Syracuse and I’d rather see teens loitering at the mall than causing trouble out on the street. In the mall, at least they’re in a public space and unlikely to get into too much trouble (shop-lifting excepted). I’m actually kind of shocked that the stores in the mall agreed to this – especially the food court businesses. US Teens have pocket money to spend, don’t they? And they love to eat junk food.
  • The rating: MB-18 – like the mall is some sort of movie and you have to be “this old” to get inside. It makes me giggle because I imagine teens throughout Syracuse trying desperately to find someone to make them a fake 18-year-old’s ID so they can go shopping alone. After all, they still need to be 21 to drink, so who else would need an 18-year-old’s ID? This could be a whole new cottage industry for the criminal underbelly of Syracuse.
  • The Thank You: The entire sign seems to be in a simple, impersonal, non-serif font (Myriad?) and yet they’ve chosen to add a big “Thank You” in a giant script font. As if people reading the sign will go “Oh, well, at least the management signed it personally.”
  • The Time Frame: Evidently, roving gangs of teens are only a problem on weekends; not during holidays or summer vacation. Only on Saturdays and Sundays. And only after 4pm. Brilliant.
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2 responses »

  1. Denise says:

    My 17 year old daughter would have a fit. Her favourite past time is shopping (even window shopping) and she sure as heck wouldn’t want to be seen with her mom in a mall on a Friday or Saturday evening. And is her money not good on Friday and Saturday evenings? I’m sure they would be happy to take it any other day. Frankly sending her to the mall gives me some alone time, so this certainly doesn’t benefit me as a parent either. Do they have movie theatres at this mall? If so, does that mean teens can’t attend on Friday and Saturday evenings without an adult?

    • RoC(k)r says:

      The sign does say that the theatres and the anchor stores are exempt from the rule. But I get where you’re coming from. Plus it just seems so random to only enforce it for about about 10 hours a week.

      Show this to your daughter, Denise. I’d like to see her comments.

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