Starting September 16, the Towson Town Center in Maryland will require a curfew for anyone 17 years old and younger, a measure the NAACP and other organizations call discriminatory.
“I think that they need to take a look at how to handle this in a different kind of way, other than just to say they are going to stand at the door and bar people. It’s illegal to do that,” saidTessa Hill-Aston, president of the NAACP Baltimore branch.
The mall’s general manager said the age policy was not spurred by any particular incident, and is meant to improve shoppers’ consumer experience.
Off duty police and public safety officers will check IDs at every mall entrance after 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Towson Town Center’s curfew requirements are neither unique nor new — nor have other examples been deemed discriminatory.