Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Mall Shelves Decision to Ban Minors without a Parent

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Mall Shelves Decision to Ban Minors without a Parent

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Quebec mall lifts ban on unaccompanied minors

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MONTREAL - A Quebec mall says it is dropping a controversial decision to ban people under the age of 18 unless accompanied by a parent.

Le Carrefour du Cap shopping centre, about halfway between Quebec City and Montreal in Trois-Rivieres, said in a statement Thursday that it was ending the practice despite what it calls "escalating problems regarding vandalism, theft and misbehaviour."

It said the "temporary measure" was driven by theft, increased vandalism, bullying against employees and clients, the use of bikes and skateboards inside the centre and other factors.

The mall also said in a statement issued through a public relations firm that it wanted to apologize "for employing a measure without realizing the impact it could have on teenagers and their parents. …

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