Teen curfew expires in Greensboro, but some businesses want it back

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A curfew put in place after a shooting outside the former N Club has expired, but some business owners said they want it back.

The curfew kept teens 18 and under off the streets after 11 p.m. City council passed the one-year curfew in January 2011, just a few months after five people were shot outside what is now Club Allure on South Elm Street.

Aldo Proposito, nightshift manager of Pizzeria L'Italiano, said the curfew worked. He said before the curfew, he would have large groups of teens, some as large as 20, come in and out of the restaurant, causing problems.

"The people that were eating in here--they felt like it was lot of people coming in and out. So for them it was kinda disturbing," Proposito said.

However, Councilwoman Marikay Abuzuaiter, who wasn't on council when the curfew was approved, said she was never a fan of it.

"I understand that those who committed those crimes and had the guns were in their late 20s, so I was a little perplexed," Abuzuaiter said.

For Proposito, though, he said he is still concerned about teens being able to roam the streets without the threat of getting ticketed or having their parents called.

"After midnight, 1:00, you don't want to see young teens on the street," Proposito said.

Before discussing whether to bring the curfew back, councilmembers said they need work with the police department to see how they feel about it.

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