So true. In the 80's malls ruled and kids/teens weren't yet seen as pests to be removed. Then they removed us or attempted to and realized we were what drove all the traffic. Jacked up rents attempting to drive out video game dens, spencer's gifts and other teen targeted only drove out the random stationary store, furniture stores, gift shops and pretty much anything useful but only if you got enough traffic. My home mall went from somewhere I loved to hang out at because it had all the stores to a mini import center from all things asian/chinese. Look I only need one wooden dragon carving to go with my samurai swords. After that I'm full up.Nothing can ever replicate what it was like shopping at malls in the 1980s. Even by the early 90s it had changed. The mall I grew up with had already remodeled and gotten rid of the tiled pools with waterfalls where people dropped their change into. It didn't have that chlorinated pool smell anymore. It was pretty much dead when I moved to where I am now. This was 2001. It was demolished a couple years later. In its place is an outlet mall with only the Target as the only reminder the mall was there.
In college the guys next door joined those clubs under a bunch of false names and never purchased the required additional cds. The sold most of the cds as I recall and seemed pretty flush with cash until the police showed up. Oddly that year a lot of police showed up taking people away. My roommate being one of them. Man people were dumbasses.
They got cute with it and signed up under 20 names or something like that.I guess technically that's mail fraud, a federal offernse in the States. I'd never heard of anyone getting busted on it regarding Columbia House though