Okay, that’s a lame attempt at a shocker headline but seriously…
Yesterday evening I asked Travis if he would watch his little sister so Mark and could have a ‘date night’. He said that he would and I offered to pay for them to go out for food and a movie. They, of course, were stoked about that plan and decided to see ‘Tangled’ at MacArthur Mall (the link maker isn’t working so here’s the link in all it’s ugly glory: http://www.shopmacarthur.com/).
MacArthur has a policy that I cannot find referenced on the website which limits the hours that people under the age of 18 are allowed access to the mall. To the best of my knowledge anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone over the age of 21 if they are in the mall after 5 pm.
Travis is 19. His little sis is 9. They were hassled by security because of their dastardly mission of eating food at the Cheesecake Factory and going to a movie they had already purchased tickets for. The security officers ended up being kind to them, particularly the one who had been required to evict his own son from the mall, and they escorted the kids to the theater and saw them in.
Now, I want MacArthur Mall to succeed and to maintain its upscale air but for the love of god what were they thinking when they instituted this rule? Hasn’t this thing effected the attendance of teen aged daters at weekend showings of the latest and greatest movies? Hasn’t it hurt the bottom line?
I’m not sure I will continue to choose MacArthur first when I decide to shop. Actually, I’m pretty sure I won’t choose that mall first given our access to so many other options. Would you?