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24th May '18 8:52:35 AM PDL
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A stock {{setting|s}} for any work set in {{suburbia}}, TheMall can be seen as the modernized version of the Main Streets that populate EverytownAmerica. Stores lined up along clean(ish) hallways populated by teenagers, parents with kids, and elderly people who have little better to do than walk around the mall all day. Will usually have a movie theater, a central meeting place (often with a fountain), boutiques and department stores that are out of the price range of the working class but still not luxe enough to be considered "classy", and a food court. [[SoulSuckingRetailJob A job at a mall store]] is usually treated as second only to [[BurgerFool working in fast food]] in the hierarchy of Most Humiliating Jobs for Teenagers. (Bonus points if they work at a [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs fast-food restaurant located in the food court]].) The security guards are all guys who washed out of (or were rejected from) basic training or the police academy, have an inflated sense of entitlement, and have nothing better to do than harass our heroes over trivial matters.

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A stock {{setting|s}} for any work set in {{suburbia}}, TheMall can be seen as the modernized version of the Main Streets that populate EverytownAmerica. Stores lined up along clean(ish) hallways populated by teenagers, parents with kids, and elderly people who have little better to do than walk around the mall all day. Will usually have a movie theater, a central meeting place (often with a fountain), boutiques and department stores that are out of the price range of the working class but still not luxe enough to be considered "classy", the occasional video game arcade and a food court. [[SoulSuckingRetailJob A job at a mall store]] is usually treated as second only to [[BurgerFool working in fast food]] in the hierarchy of Most Humiliating Jobs for Teenagers. (Bonus points if they work at a [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs fast-food restaurant located in the food court]].) The security guards are all guys who washed out of (or were rejected from) basic training or the police academy, have an inflated sense of entitlement, and have nothing better to do than harass our heroes over trivial matters.
24th May '18 8:37:39 AM darkemyst
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* In ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' Tim and Ariana spend some time at malls while dating. One of the many signs their relationship is doomed to fail is how uninterested Tim is in averything Ari wants to do there and how he mentally notes he'd rather hang out with Ives and Callie when they run into them there. Ives also gets a job at a SuckECheeses in a mall.
18th Mar '18 6:35:48 PM PaulA
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* The ChristmasEpisode of ''VideoGame/TheDarksideDetective'' is set in a shopping mall, as the protagonists go Christmas shopping and wind up SavingChristmas.
15th Mar '18 1:29:56 PM ProjectIASU
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* In ''RezzAndCoBountyHunters'' "Old Rusty's Space Station" is more or less a big space mall.

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* In ''RezzAndCoBountyHunters'' ''Webcomic/RezzAndCoBountyHunters'' "Old Rusty's Space Station" is more or less a big space mall.
15th Mar '18 1:29:10 PM ProjectIASU
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* In ''RezzAndCoBountyHunters'' "Old Rusty's Space Station" is more or less a big space mall.
10th Mar '18 10:21:11 AM MiracleChange
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* A recurring location in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. One episode, it's shown to be deserted (apparently because Mayor Quimby's nephew got shot there).
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Something You Can Do With Your Finger''; the Mall shows up in later episodes, most notably the "Black Friday/Game of Throne" three-parter.

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* A recurring location in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. One episode, it's shown to be deserted (apparently ([[NoodleIncident apparently because Mayor Quimby's nephew got shot there).
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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Something You Can Do With Your Finger''; Finger'' mostly takes place in here; the Mall shows up in later episodes, most notably the "Black Friday/Game of Throne" three-parter.
21st Feb '18 7:52:28 PM vexusdylandasecond
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* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': This is the setting of episode 5, 'Store Story'.
30th Jan '18 1:11:29 PM Random888
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* In the early ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' episode "Truth or Dick", Tommy spent the whole episode struggling with how to be a teenager. At the end of the episode, he discovers that hanging out at the mall is where teenagers "belong" in society.
12th Jan '18 5:45:09 AM starofjusticev21
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* Featured in one level of ''Skate or Die 2'', where your character makes "deliveries" of some kind to make money to build a skate ramp.

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* Featured in one level of ''Skate or Die 2'', where your character makes "deliveries" of some kind from store to store to make money to build a skate ramp.
5th Jan '18 5:27:14 AM starofjusticev21
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* It's possible to visit a dying shopping mall at one point in ''VideoGame/NightInTheWoods'', which helps remind Bea and Mae of less stressful times.
* Featured in one level of ''Skate or Die 2'', where your character makes "deliveries" of some kind to make money to earn money to build a skate ramp.

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* It's possible to visit a dying shopping mall at one point in ''VideoGame/NightInTheWoods'', which helps remind Bea and Mae of less stressful more carefree times.
* Featured in one level of ''Skate or Die 2'', where your character makes "deliveries" of some kind to make money to earn money to build a skate ramp.


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* Likewise [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D4a3krGq00&list=PLNz4Un92pGNxQ9vNgmnCx7dwchPJGJ3IQ Dan Bell's "Dead Mall" video series]] is about touring shopping malls on the brink of closure. One was the mall shown in ''Film/TheLegendOfBillieJean'' and showing what all the locations from that scene look like now.
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