Looting and fights forced this shopping mall to take drastic measures

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Going to the shopping mall is supposed to be a relaxing experience, but some people have ruined it.

Some have turned a night at the mall into an excuse for riots and looting.

Now this one mall took some dramatic action to make their space safe again.

Del Amo Fashion Center now has age restrictions

The Del Amo Fashion Center is located in the Los Angeles, California, area in the city of Torrance.

It describes itself as the largest shopping center in the Western U.S. on its website, and now, the mall just implemented new age restrictions for minors.

The decision comes after a massive brawl took place on mall property in December 2023, which included teenagers looting and damaging property.

According to FOX 11 LA, there were “more than 1,000 young people” taking part in the incident, which resulted in five arrests and three injuries, one of which included a police officer.

Eventually, the brawl spread to 30 businesses inside the mall and was only stopped after Torrance police used riot gear.

And the huge brawl was not the only serious violent incident to take place at Del Amo Fashion Center. 

In August 2023, a video showed a large group of teenagers chasing after a boy inside the mall and knocking him down, after which they surrounded him and started to kick and beat him.

After that incident, security was increased at the mall, but the new chaperone policy didn’t go into effect until residents and community leaders expressed their concerns.

Now, all guests can and will be asked by mall employees to show their identification as proof of age.

As of March 1, all minors must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older after 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

One adult can accompany up to four minors at once, but the minors must remain with the adult at all times, and the adult will be held responsible for the actions of the minors they’re with while at the mall.

If the adult can’t stay with the minor the entire time, everyone must leave the property. 

The mall is serious about its new policy

Based on statements from the company, it’s clear that Del Amo Fashion Center is serious about the new age restriction policy.

A post on the mall’s website reads, “We are committed to providing a pleasant and family friendly shopping environment for all of our guests.”

The mall made it clear that guests, including adults and minors, must provide “acceptable proof of age” with an ID that has a photograph and date of birth, which may include driver’s licenses, military IDs, school IDs, and passports, all of which are deemed acceptable. 

However, anyone without their ID will be asked to leave the property or denied entry altogether.

The same rules even apply to employees working at the mall who are under the age of 18. 

Minors working at the mall may continue working after 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, but they must abide by the new rules inside the mall if their shift ends any time the policy is in effect.

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.