Mall’s hoodie sign causes concern among shoppers

ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH)- A sign outside the entrance of a central Indiana mall has some shoppers speaking out.

Mounds Mall in Anderson is asking it’s customers to lower their hoodies for the safety and well-being of others. 24-Hour News talked with customers who have mixed feelings about it.

“I think it’s a wonderful policy. I’m all for it,” said Vivian Hardacre of Anderson.

“I don’t think it’s right to tell people what to wear in a public place. It doesn’t make any sense,” said Lauren Dawson of Anderson.

Differing opinions center on the sign posted on the doors outside Mounds Mall in Anderson. It’s not about the weapons or backpacks not allowed inside, but it’s the sign asking customers to lower their hoodies. The sign doesn’t sit well with some of them.

“I think it’s very discriminating. It makes me want to shop elsewhere and not come here,” said Debonaire Brown of Anderson.

Hardarce said she walks the mall daily. She said the sign in place makes her feel safe.

“This is not new. It’s posted on their rules and that’s been up there for years,” Hardacre said.

Mall management told 24-Hour News 8 the hoodie policy has been in place since 2004 for security reasons. But, they just recently posted the sign to remind customers.

“I understand they are trying to do it cause of the kids, a lot of teenagers come in here and might steal things. I understand it for that, but they have security. That’s what they are here for,” said Brittany Hagerman of Anderson.

“Whatever they need to do for their business to increase, it’s about having customers to come out to the mall and be safe,” said Robert Glazebrooks of Anderson.

“It’s for everyone, they are not targeting. I’ve seen grown men come in here in their 50s and 60s with their hood up,” Hardacre said.

“If they want me to spend my money in here, it shouldn’t matter what I wear or what I put on,” Brown said.

The mall manager told 24-Hour News 8 if someone doesn’t abide by the policy, they are left with no choice but to ask the individual to leave the property.

24-Hour News 8 checked with Simon Property Group about their policy. They didn’t have anything specific to, but they have a code of conduct posted in certain places in their malls about their requirements for customer behavior on their properties.

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