Teens can be really scary...especially in groups/gangs.
I just don't understand how these can be called Flash Mobs. I just wish they weren't called that. In my personal experience Flash Mobs are supposed to be fun and entertaining. I would hate to see people equating the two.
It started getting into the news last summer. It's definitely too bad that it is happening. It sometimes seems to be a big consequence of lack of supervision and/or lack of direction in these young people.
Well, teenagers travel in packs. It's not uncommon for 20 friends to walk around together. I remember from high school, the grade nines would travel in huge packs and a lot of them would get into trouble with nearby businesses. Some places even implemented a policy that students could only enter the store a few at a time.
Hmm, I don't know how scary this actually is. It's a list compiled over several years, and it's all over the country. I mean, obviously it's scary that these things happen at all, but the reality is that they do. It's not uncommon for people to ransack a mini-mart or beat a guy up, teenagers to adults to elderly are in the news all the time for things like this. I don't think it's some new out of control trend.
I also don't understand why they're being called Flash Mobs, admat.
I agree that most of these are crimes and not "flash mobs", and the unfortunate thing is that crime occurs almost everywhere. Having some of it listed in one place doesn't make it any more or less scary, IMO.
There was a situation at a mall near where my mom lives last year where they think social media played a part. 80-100 teens ransacked a portion of one of the anchor stores, and security guards had to pull the gate and call police. There were multiple arrests and the mall then instituted a curfew policy for teens. After 3 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Security guards check IDs at the door.
And although teens picketed the mall for a while and protested, calls regarding disorderly conduct and shoplifting from that mall have dropped dramatically. The people who actually SHOP have come back to the mall, and traffic is up (it had been declining due to packs of teens roaming the mall). It was definitely to their benefit to take swift action.