Monday, October 5, 2009

Pay Attention

This is your city.
Beginning in November, Arden Fair mall will ban patrons wearing hooded sweat shirts that hide faces and sagging pants that don't hide what they should.

About a year ago, a store was robbed by a man who concealed his face from the mall's $1.5 million high-tech security camera system by wearing a hooded sweat shirt.

- M.S. Enkoji, Sacramento Bee

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  1. Poor journalism. As much as I'm against facism this post does not tell the whole story. If you read the article the (and I never thought I'd stand up for mall cops!) the head of Arden security explains that if a patron is wearing a hood they are not kicked out. It's only when the hood is pulled over the face and could be used as a mask for security cameras. If you walk into any bank that way they'll ask you to do the same. Also with the sagging, the head of security was like, "You can sag." Only when your underwear are showing we're going to ask you to pull your pants up. Honestly, if you're underwear are showing, you need to pull your pants up a bit. Don't you think. And if you need a mall cop to tell you that, you got problems.

  2. I guess I'll leave my burka at home.

  3. This story has little to do with fascism. Please do not assume that this blog is a source of unbiased journalism; I would hardly hold this blog up to any journalistic standard. The purpose of this post is to, through an attention-grabbing excerpt, provoke thought within our readership regarding the continuing generational differences that affect this city (it seems to have worked, as evidenced with your post).

    On paper, I do not think this policy is in any way illegal. The mall is private property, and like a bank, rules such as these are legally used to protect that property in the interest of safety and good business. It is how these rules are enforced which will determine their validity and legality. If a woman wears a hat and sunglasses inside of bebe, will she too be asked to remove them for the cameras? If girls at Wet Seal wear jeans that show their underwear, and a top with exaggerated cleavage, will they be asked to clean up their act in the name of public decency? Will the shirtless models at Abercrombie take the hoods off of the mannequins inside? I believe the answer is no, because these scenarios are not bad for business. In fact, they are arguably good for business (plus mall cops love that sh*t...sorry, that's an assumption).

    Responsible enforcement is key here - it comes with its own set of rules, which I hope are well drawn out. If you read the article, you will notice the reference to Cuomo v. 411 Rest. Corp dba Tonic East. As said in the article, if these restrictions are not applied equitably, they are a device for discrimination, which is in fact illegal and grounds for litigation.

    It is one thing to validate a argument in the name of "preventing crime." I would hope that a $1.5 million security camera system, and the security team behind it, can catch a hooded criminal exiting the mall, the car/bus/bike they leave with, and the direction they leave in. It is another thing to also group these stipulations into a "you should know better" campaign.

    Fascism refers to political ideology. I am referring to ideology of another kind, which I hope is not further perpetuated in this city.

    I appreciate the discourse!

    ps If I'll ever let anybody tell me how to dress, it will be my mother, not Paul Blart.