LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – For the first time, Mall St. Matthews is implementing a new policy aimed at limiting the times teenagers can be in the mall unsupervised.

It’s the first time the new policy has been enforced since a ruckus was caused at Mall St. Matthews on Dec. 26 by a large group of teenagers.

“The mall's not your babysitter, it's a place of business,” said St. Matthews police officer Dennis McDonald. “Don't use it for that particular reason.”

The new program requires anyone under the age of 18 to be accompanied by an adult 21 or older if they are in the mall later than 4 p.m. on Friday or Saturday.

This Saturday, mall security was stationed at every mall entrance requesting to see IDs from anyone who looked under 18. If they were 18 or over, they were given a wristband to identify that they’d already had they ID checked.

However, there are limits. An adult can only have four underage people with them at a time. The rule does not apply to children aged 10 or under.

“I'm just kind of disappointed that they had to do it and ruin it for everyone else that actually wants to enjoy the mall,” said mall shopper Jaliyah Gran.

The policy does not apply to the movie theater or department stores.  However on Saturday, security guards were posted the entrances to the common areas from department stores checking ID.

“When that gets taken away, we don't really have anywhere else to go where we can shop and eat and just kind of hang out together,” Grant said.

According to a document distributed to store managers inside the mall, employees under the age of 18 will be given special wristbands. Public Safety Officers at the mall will be able to use that wristband to verify their identity.

Mall management says this policy is temporary.

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