If retail outlets that like to band together in malls really want to protect their profits from online competition, they need to do two or three things:
1. Do something about the mall rat problem. No adult (i.e., customer with money to spend) wants to spend time in an area packed with uncivilized barbarians that care nothing for anything beyond their own entertainment.
2. Campaign to remove sales tax, rather than add it to online purchases (which are often plagued with shipping and handling costs).
3. Refuse to tolerate high rents without actual security offered by the "security officers" at the mall--if they have to pay the shakedown fees, the various mall security needs to, I don't know, actually chase down and detain shoplifters, and prevent known shoplifters from entering the malls.
Beyond that, they need to do something about all of the malls that post that they're safe workplaces for violent criminals by posting anti-gun signs.
Unless the various stores don't mind going out of business, that is.
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