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To continue on the mall theme from yesterday, Crossroads Mall announced last week a fairly strict new curfew for teens on Friday and Saturday nights. Those under 18 years of age are no longer able to shop in the mall after 6pm on weekends without a parent or legal guardian.

The curfew was put in place to stop teenage loitering, management said. It doesn't apply to Texas Roadhouse or the Regal Cinema Movie Theater, and exceptions may be made from time to time for special circumstances.

If you remember, Oklahoma City instituted a Bricktown curfew last year, and city officials are said to be quite happy with the result. But that curfew is 11pm, a much more understandable hour than Crossroads' new policy. Management at the south OKC shopping mall say the time will be adjusted if needed. Though the merchants in the mall are behind the change, I'm guessing once sales drop even slightly, that curfew time will be adjusted upwards a bit.

What do you think of teen curfews? Leave your thoughts below or on the OKC Discussion Forum.

Photo Adam Knapp

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April 23, 2011 at 10:52 pm
(1) lovelife says:

I feel that (state) curfews are immoral and unconstitutional and should be disbanded. Most teenagers cause no damage, and the ones that cause damage will, even with laws in effect. It does nothing but punish the law abiding citizens, and create undue trauma and drama among many.

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