A mall brawl among hundreds of people Sunday led a Southern California shopping center to issue a policy requiring unaccompanied minors wear identification tags, according to a Fox News report.
The large crowd flocked to the mall to take advangtage of a promotion offering discounted movie tickets by the mall theater.
The Moreno Valley Mall recorded many fights among a large number of visitors drawn by the movie theater’s $4 ticket offer in celebration of National Cinema Day, as reported by FOX Los Angeles.
The fighting became so bad, the mall was temporarily closed as a sizable law enforcement presence was needed to stabilize the situation, the report noted.
Mall management confirmed that no weapons were involved in the incident, according to the report.
“We would like to remind you that the mall security is not a babysitting service, and it is the responsibility of parents to raise their children to be respectful to others and to compose themselves accordingly when out in public,” a mall representative said in a statement.
“In light of today’s events, we will be forced to go back to the drawing board with regard to unattended youth at our property.”
The mall owners introduced a policy requiring minors in the mall after 5 p.m. on weekdays or at any time during weekends wear lanyards displaying their names and the contact details of their parents.
This information was disclosed by The Press-Enterprise, though the exact date of implementation remains uncertain.
The mall is managed by International Growth Properties.
On the same evening of the brawl at Moreno Valley Mall, another altercation was reported at the Del Amo Shopping Center in Torrance.
Visual recordings of the incident depict young individuals engaged in physical confrontations. While some teenagers received citations, no arrests were made, the report noted.
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