Going To The Mall As A Kid Vs. Going As An Adult

“Oh the times, they are a-changing.”

1. As a kid going to the mall is an event that requires a lot of primping.

Hair, makeup, and outfit must be on point. The love of your (teen) life might walk out of Hollister!

As an adult you strap on your Tevas, grab a water bottle, and prepare for battle.

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Beating mall crowds is now a contact sport.

2. As a kid you roll to the mall with your main crew in your mom’s van.

Let the singalongs begin!

As an adult you have to drive knowing traffic near, around, and in the mall parking lot is always gridlocked.

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3. As a kid, the mall is the ultimate hang spot.

Where are all of the cool kids? At the mall, duh.

As an adult your objective is to get in and get out as quickly as possible.

4. As a kid blowing your allowance at the mall is no biggie.

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As an adult you wonder if you’ll be able to pay rent after buying those shoes.

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5. When you’re a kid, mall crowds are full of beautiful, interesting people.

As an adult you don’t understand why EVERYONE decided to be at the mall RIGHT NOW.

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6. When you’re a kid and a store your cousins on the East Coast have had for years finally opens locally, you freak out.

As an adult you reminisce about the Sam Goodys of yore.

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7. Sbarro? Chick-fil-A? As a kid the food court is a literal smorgasbord.

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As an adult you scrounge for whatever healthy stuff there is and run.


8. As a kid you think mall movie theaters are the most convenient and amazing things ever of life.

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As an adult you wonder who in their right mind would suffer through the mall just to see a movie.

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Seriously, where do people stash their shopping bags during the film?

9. As a kid loud, in-store music puts you in the mood.

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As an adult you wonder how you’re supposed to put an outfit together when you can’t hear your own thoughts.

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10. As a kid you love spending time in the mall arcade.

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DDR 4 lyfe.

As an adult you have no clue what the hell is going on in there.


11. As a kid you humor the kiosk salespeople when they snag you.

As an adult you do everything in your power not to make eye contact.

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12. As a kid, your friends’ opinions make or break your buying decision.


As an adult you grab what looks pretty and go. That’s what receipts are for.

13. As a kid you can’t wait to see Mall Santa.

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As an adult you realize that garland and elf shoes mean an influx of strollers.

Hell to the naw.

14. As a kid staying at the mall until it closes is BOSS.

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As an adult there are so many better places you would rather be.

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