Allen Shopping Center Sets Curfew for Teens

Kids must be supervised after 7 p.m.

A new shopping center in Allen is setting a 7 p.m. curfew for teenagers younger than 17.

The Waters Creek Shopping Center said it wants to make the shopping experience enjoyable for everyone.

"If you are under the age of 17 after 7 p.m. and are going to be in the common areas, you need to be here with Mom and Dad," said Harold Dull, Watters Creek general manager.

The new restaurant and retail complex, like other shopping centers across the country, set the curfew to control unruly teenagers.

"I think that's kind of lame," Michelle Kruz said.

Kruz is old enough to drive, but can't walk around Watters Creek unsupervised after 7 p.m.

"You get home from school and do homework, and then you just want to hang out with friends," Kruz said. "You can't go here, obviously."

The policy does not apply to teenagers eating in restaurants or shopping in stores. Dull said the curfew applies to teenagers using the shopping center as a hangout.

"People drop off their children at the mall or at other lifestyle centers, and all of a sudden, we become the babysitter," he said.

Customers said the liked the policy.

"I think it's awesome," one customer said. "They're out here wrecking cars and stuff like that, and we witness it, so it's just too much."

People who look young can be asked for their identification. If they're younger than 17, security will ask them to leave the property or will call their parents to pick them up.

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