Houston Galleria Held Liable For Not Protecting Safety Of Shoppers
The owner of the Houston Galleria shopping mall and a private security firm were found liable yesterday for failing to provide adequate protection in the case of a young women who was sexually assaulted at the Galleria in 2003. The woman was awarded 3 million dollars.
The owner of the Galleria is HG Shopping Center LP and the security firm is IPC International Corporation.
A Houston jury found HG 25% liable, IPC 45% liable and the assailant 30% liable.
The sexual assault was one of a string of such attacks at the Galleria in 2003.
A security adviser for the mall told the jury that alerting mall tenants and shoppers of the attack would have created panic. I’m sure profits had nothing to do with it at all.
The woman who won the judgment was an employee at the mall. Being at the Galleria was not an option for her if she wanted to be paid and earn a living.
Not panicking people was the reason to keep quiet used in Jaws by the town fathers after the first few shark attacks. They did not want to scare people away from the beach during the summer season.
At the Galleria, shopping is always in season.
Landlords and the security firms they employ to provide—yes—security have an obligation to help keep people safe.