Should the York Galleria distribute wristbands to young-looking adults?

I used to go to Hollywood Casino a lot with my mom when I first turned 21. It was exciting to be carded — like was somehow proving something when I whipped out my big girl license.

There, they offer to put a fluorescent wristband on anyone who appears under 21, so they don’t have to be bothered anywhere else on the casino floor.

Switching gears, another midstate establishment began closer observance of its patrons this weekend. The York Galleria mall’s youth escort policy took effect, banning unsupervised minors between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

This is the York Galleria mall's new policy about unsupervised youths. The flyer shown above was distributed to patrons in the two weeks prior to the policy's inauguration day.

While reporting the story (this one, here), I talked to Alberto O’Connell, 19, of Mount Wolf, and Derick Myers, 18, of Manchester Township.

Both brought up interesting points. They said the mall should give them wristbands so they don’t have to pull out their wallets each time they pass mall security, which was posted outside all of the Galleria’s potential entrances.

“We’re just buying clothes. This is crazy,” Myers said.

What do you think of that idea? Should the Galleria issue wristbands after they’ve carded a group of people once?

(Oh, and for the record, I was not carded while reporting on this story. It kind of hurt my self-image. Just a little.)


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