Massive brawls and food-court fights played out at more than a dozen malls across the country in what proved to be a chaotic day after Christmas.Mall operators are balancing the idea of restricting teenagers to their need for foot traffic.
There are plenty of stores that don't operate in covered malls. And there is always online shopping-- both of which would lessen the chances of being caught up in a brawl being staged by a bunch of bored punk-ass kids, who should be at home, raiding their parents' liquor cabinets.
One of the basic rules of personal security is to avoid places where there are stupid people doing stupid things. If the malls' operators can't get a handle on this, they might as well consider closing down when school is out of session.