Cherry Hill Mall enforces 'parental escort' policy on day after Christmas

Mike DeNardo
December 23, 2019 - 5:33 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A few New Jersey teens preemptively made the naughty list this year.

Starting Thursday, the Cherry Hill Mall will require teens to have adult supervision, in an attempt to prevent another mall melee on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Police and Cherry Hill Mall management don't want a repeat of 2017, when 1,000 marauding teenagers rampaged through the mall on the day after Christmas, resulting in the arrests of five people.  

Cherry Hill police chief William "Bud" Monaghan said last year, the mall closed early, at 6 p.m., but that didn’t work as planned.

“(It had) a negative impact on the people who really want to come out for a good reason and go shopping and take advantage of the restaurants that are at the mall and in the surrounding area,” he said. “It almost punishes them for the misbehavior of these kids that are unattended.”

So this year, anyone 17 and younger has to be accompanied by an adult between 4 and 9 p.m. on Dec. 26. The mall will be open for normal operating hours.

Monaghan said mall security will require some kind of proof of age in order to enter the mall.  Police also plan extra patrols inside and outside the mall, as well as at other shopping centers.