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Teen Rowdiness Pushes Eastridge Mall to Consider Chaperones

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Malls and teenagers....they go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Tarbarac Bell says, "It was always great. I always love coming seeing new faces everyday and I always have loved coming here. That's why I'm here now."

Bell cuts hair at "Next Level Barber Shop" in Gastonia's Eastridge Mall. It's the same mall he went to as a kid with his twin brother.

"We always stayed on each other though, together, we never really had any problems with anyone," says Bell.

There is a problem, the mall is hoping to nip in the bud.

"Behave, make this place a place families want to come to," says Eastridge Mall General Manager, Kris Brenner.

Eastridge Mall has had some problems lately with the teenage crowd.

"They're loud, they're running, there's theft issues. It's not a violent situation, they're just being teenagers and we just need them to take it down a notch," says Brenner.

Teens have up until April 11th to improve their behavior at Eastridge Mall, otherwise they won't be here alone.

"If by April 11th, we don't see a marked improvement, you'll have to come here with an adult, 21 years or older, any day of the week, anytime," warns Brenner.

The idea that teenagers might have to drag a chaperone along when they go shopping, is getting mostly positive feedback.

"Some teens out here might do stupid things too, basically i think it would be a good idea," says Brad Adkins.

A good idea that could be in effect soon for a mall in transition.

"This mall is trying to build back up, you know you don't wanna be the problem, for it not building up," says Bell.

Teenagers are used to getting ultimatums; in this case, they have two and a half weeks to clean up their act or else.









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