19 year old (practically) arrested for taking younger sister to the movies!

Before they were notorious criminals

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?


About Bettina Colonna Essert

Illuminated Magdalene High Priestess and facilitator of empowerment and healing circles for girls and women, including a monthly Red Tent Temple. BA in English, minor in anthropology. Waldorf homeschool mom. Reiki master, cranial sacral therapist, herbalist, menstruvist, feminist, epicurian.
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5 Responses to 19 year old (practically) arrested for taking younger sister to the movies!

  1. Kerry says:

    No. But that’s because I’m a firm believer that kids have rights, too.

    As a rule, I go to MacArthur for one store – the body shop. Everything else I need I can get elsewhere. (And when you invent an acne salve, I will go to you!)

    I think their rule sucks.

    And I think that the vast majority of assholish behavior does NOT come from under 21 yr old persons – I think it comes from assholish persons. Age doesn’t matter with that personality trait.

    Unless they rule out assholes shopping there at ANY Hour, then what does this rule do for them?

  2. Terry says:

    Amen, Kerry, and I do have an alternative to your purchase at the body shop. Go to a tiende and buy sulfur cream — pomada de azufre. A small jar costs about $5 and lasts forever. The stuff is amazing. (Sulfure is a natural antibiotic. Hm, Tina, why not add this to your line of body products?) Kerry, I’ll send you a note later, and tell you what to expect when you start using it. BTW, the brand I bought — Family Dollar used to carry it but no longer — is De La Cruz.

  3. elizabeth says:

    I like the caption under the picture. I read this the day or day after you posted it, but came back to it just now and cracked up because of the caption.

  4. Rosemary says:

    Shannon and I hate this “rule” at this mall also. When it first came out, Shannon asked me to drive her there so she could attend her first protest. I was very proud, as I have never been to a protest myself and my then 12 year old daughter stood outside with a group of strangers, as no one she knew showed up, to protest a rule she thought discriminating and wrong.

    I get where they may be attempting to prevent “trouble,” but isn’t this a bit overkill? Far-reaching? WRONG?? I really thought the “rule” would go away, given the business it must be killing in this economy. Don’t they know their demographic? Middle aged people don’t hang out and shop at malls and go to movies (though that DOES sound fun-OK, not really), TEENAGERS do!! DUH!

    PS-I think it’s awesome that your 19 year old son is happy to take his 9 year old little sister to dinner and a movie. What fond memories Martina will have of her BIG brother taking her out! VERY COOL!

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