Some 7-Eleven convenience stores across the country, including Texas and California, have begun using the roar of classical and opera music as a tactic to discourage homeless people from camping in front of their stores. I’m here.
One Texas 7-Eleven owner says the aim is to discourage homeless people from being there and harassing customers. Some customers say it bothers them.
Store owner Jagat Patel said the Austin Police Department had received several complaints about noise from the classical music blast, but no one showed up. We don’t know if the actual decibel levels are within city ordinance limits, but they plan to turn the volume down, he told FOX 7.
Patel says the homeless population is a big problem.
“Many of my female and young customers in particular are afraid to come here because people hanging out in the parking lot are constantly asking for money,” he said.
He says he had to pay a professional to clean the needle. Others who work nearby say they were attacked by homeless people.
Joe Miranda, who works nearby, told Fox 7: “I have to carry around this big old knife to protect myself. It’s sad that you have to.
Patel says he got the idea because he started playing music about 10 days ago and other store owners around the country started doing the same.
“Research shows that classical music is annoying. Opera is annoying, but it works, so I think you’re right,” he said.
Ever since Patel and other businesses nearby started playing classical and operatic music, they’ve noticed a difference.
“There’s been less homeless traffic since they put this music on,” Miranda told Fox 7.
Miranda says she thinks it’s the right solution.
“It’s helping. It’s not annoying because we don’t care, but maybe they do drugs so they care,” he said.
Others disagree with this, calling the music “disgusting” while you’re shopping and filling up on gas.
Frederick Carter, who lives nearby, said: “I think the best solution is to just talk to them and ask them not to hang out or live nearby.” rice field.
He says he started going to another nearby 7-Eleven where there was no music.
“This music isn’t very good. It’s loud. It’s uncomfortable for me. I don’t like it. I can hear it from afar. It’s very uncomfortable,” he said.
Convenience stores in Texas aren’t the only ones using Mozart, Bach and Beethoven, followed by 7-Eleven in California.
In Los Angeles, California, 7-Eleven owners have started playing classical music to reassure both employees and customers as homelessness continues to rise in the area.
California 7-Eleven owner Sukhi Sandhu told Modesto Bee that he began playing opera and classical music last year to evict panhandlers and other loiterings from convenience stores.
“When the music started, riff fluff left,” Manuel Souza told a local newspaper. “It’s hard to hang out, gossip and joke.”