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Indiana mall's 'hoodie' signs offend some patrons

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A central Indiana mall's recent posting of signs asking visitors to lower their hoodies when stepping inside the building has offended some of its younger patrons.

The signs at the entrances of the Mounds Mall in Anderson state that, "For the safety & well-being of everyone, please lower your hoodie."

Mounds Mall general manager Braun Roosa said the mall's hoodie rule dates to 2004, but the signs were not posted until December at the request of local police. He said that once the weather turns warmer, the signs will be removed.

"It is for security and ID purposes only. We don't ask them to remove the hoodie, just lower it," Roosa told The Herald Bulletin.

Ranny Hinton Jr., a 21-year-old Anderson resident, said he's offended by the signs, which are posted next to the door handles at each entrance and show a crossed-out hooded figure.

Hinton said it's mainly younger people who wear the hooded sweatshirts and the sign doesn't mention anything about ski masks or other facial coverings.

"Why does it matter about hoodies?" he said.

Roosa said hoodies are specifically mentioned in Mounds Mall's code of conduct, and other businesses, such as the financial industry, make similar requests of clients. He said that includes limiting the ability of customers to wear sunglasses inside.

Jesse Tron, a spokesman for the International Council of Shopping Centers in New York City, said he is not aware of other shopping centers posting similar signs.

"The general concept is they wouldn't want you covering your face or obscuring it. Typically there is a reason they use that particular language. Maybe there has been an issue," Tron said.

Mounds Mall is not a member of the council, which represents 63,000 members in 90 nations around the world. Last year, a man was accused of kidnapping an 81-year-old woman at knifepoint from the mall's parking lot.

But Roosa said there was no specific incident that prompted the new signage.

Taylor Motsinger, a 17-year-old who wore a zip-up hoodie during a Friday visit to the mall, said it's "disrespectful" for anyone to wear a hood up in a public place.

"But why should they ask people with hoodies and not hats or scarves?" Motsinger asked.

The 300,000-square-foot Mounds Mall was the very first enclosed mall property developed by Indianapolis-based Melvin Simon & Associates (now Simon Property Group. It opened in 1965 as the second shopping mall in Indiana. Simon sold the property in 2003.

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  • pants down
    I'm not sure if we need to force these punks to keep their pants up. It's such a great form of entertainment for me to watch and laugh at these kids trying to keep their pants up with one hand. They are so ignorant they don't realize they make products (belts) to accomplish this and they also don't realize that low hanging pants is a message in prison to attract back door activity
  • And while we're at it....
    And while we're at it, have those pesky hipsters lose the tattoos and dork eyewear, any beer maker / brewmeister shave that overgrown beard, and all you kids get off my lawn!!!!
  • Sign add on's
    Please add pull your pants up to the sign !!.
    • Added info
      How about adding pull your pants up to the sign !!.
    • Some kind of statement
      I've seen younger people with their hoods up in very warm weather like 85 degrees. So it's not so much about warmth as making some kind of statement. I think they are imitating the thug look and that's not good. And to top it all off, every video of someone robbing a store or bank have one of these hoods up. It just makes everyone uncomfortable and maybe that's the whole point.
    • To Don
      Probably because we live in a country where we respect people's religious liberties....
    • great idea
      Seems like a good idea to me. So this may offend a few people and if they choose not to come back, my guess is the mall will do just fine without their business. They need to implement this in the Circle City Mall as well.
    • Really
      Ah Don you know we cannot offend the middle east!
    • get real
      So why do they allow people from the mid east wear their stuff in the malls all you can see is their eyes.

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