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(WFTV Orlando)   Florida 7-Eleven blasting opera music to ward off panhandlers. To be fair, it's reasonable to conclude that the handouts are over once the fat lady sings   ( wftv.com) divider line
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2018-05-16 11:02:07 AM  
That would do it for me.  Opera makes me murderous.

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2018-05-16 02:45:04 PM  
Why can't homeless people enjoy opera?  Or is their point that no one enjoys opera? In which case, wouldn't this drive away customers ?
 
2018-05-16 04:25:56 PM  
They do classical at a nearby downtown 7-11. It does not work.
 
2018-05-16 04:45:58 PM  
shotguns work very effectively too. they tend not to come back when salt rounds are followed by bird shot followed by buck shot. just sayin.
 
2018-05-16 04:47:44 PM  
Could be worse. They could be blasting EDM.

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2018-05-16 04:53:26 PM  
There is a hobo in my neighborhood sometimes who used to be a professional opera singer.  Tenor, by the sounds of it.  He'll belt out something from Carmen or Pagliachi on the corner and tourists will throw a buck or two his way.

That guy is a massive, seething asshole.
 
2018-05-16 04:53:58 PM  
Bunch of aristocrats.
 
2018-05-16 04:54:08 PM  

EvilEgg: Why can't homeless people enjoy opera?  Or is their point that no one enjoys opera? In which case, wouldn't this drive away customers ?


The theory is that in short bursts, Opera is enjoyable, but it is not something you would want to listen to all day.  While it sucks to be homeless, I understand the business not wanting to have panhandlers drive away their customers, so I am okay with them having the cops run them off in that instance.  However, that is just a short term solution, and the best long term solution is to have government resources in place for addressing the causes of homelessness, and getting people off the streets.  Of course that involves not electing clueless Republicans who think government's role is to act as a super-HOA.
 
2018-05-16 04:54:56 PM  
 I was walking through the parking lot of a Wagnerian 7-11...
 
2018-05-16 04:59:29 PM  
I've seen decorative brick walls that are pretty tall surrounding gas station lots in cities with only one entry point for cars.  It cuts down on the foot traffic & makes it easier to see who's coming & going.
 
2018-05-16 04:59:56 PM  
Just put an annoying 7-Eleven jingle on a 30-second loop. If they are sentient and not deaf, they'll leave the area.

At least, I was only able to take 20 minutes of HP hold music on a similar loop before hanging up this morning, and I was comfortably sitting with a cup of tea.

/after about ten minutes I started timing it. 30 seconds of supermarket jazz between "Your call is important to us" blather.
 
2018-05-16 05:00:03 PM  
Turns out it just led to fancier hobos
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2018-05-16 05:04:36 PM  

winedrinkingman: EvilEgg: Why can't homeless people enjoy opera?  Or is their point that no one enjoys opera? In which case, wouldn't this drive away customers ?

The theory is that in short bursts, Opera is enjoyable, but it is not something you would want to listen to all day.  While it sucks to be homeless, I understand the business not wanting to have panhandlers drive away their customers, so I am okay with them having the cops run them off in that instance.  However, that is just a short term solution, and the best long term solution is to have government resources in place for addressing the causes of homelessness, and getting people off the streets.  Of course that involves not electing clueless Republicans who think government's role is to act as a super-HOA.


Instead, elect clueless Democrats who think government's role is to act like super-mommy and enable dysfunction and dependence.
 
2018-05-16 05:05:53 PM  
I've seen opera fans.  Like the crazy ones.  They'll stand or sit in the middle aisle for purposes of acoustics.  They couldn't afford it in the first place, but they probably would scorn the box seats at the opera house as it doesn't get the best sound. They'll follow their fav opera singer with as much passion as Grateful Dead fans follow that group around.

Combine that with a hobo or homeless guy, as unlikely as it seems, maybe that panhandler would stick around the 7-11.
 
2018-05-16 05:07:16 PM  
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2018-05-16 05:07:56 PM  

watching the trump bubble grow: Turns out it just led to fancier hobos
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I see the self-help program for the homeless was very effective.  Next up, they grant him a SBA loan to have the sign made in neon.
 
2018-05-16 05:16:26 PM  
You would think they'd go with Death or Cannibal Corpse instead, given that Florida was the spawning ground for the North American Death Metal scene.
 
2018-05-16 05:19:58 PM  
7-11 parking lot a pandhandler-free aria.

/aria kidding me?
 
2018-05-16 05:20:41 PM  
In my city, there's a hotel next to a park that was basically "heroin town USA" that got the bright idea to play classical music 24/7 to drive people away. Weirdly, it worked (I really don't know why, it actually made the park a nice place to sit). Weirder still, the hotel got many, many, many complaints that it was "racist". Which is....quite a complicated assumption to make regarding all parties. 


Though to be fair, 99% of the addicts and junkies were homeless native men. (So....it was also sexist?) Though I don't really believe that not wanting to have a carpet of dirty needles qualifies as discriminatory. I dunno.
 
2018-05-16 05:22:18 PM  

jjorsett: winedrinkingman: EvilEgg: Why can't homeless people enjoy opera?  Or is their point that no one enjoys opera? In which case, wouldn't this drive away customers ?

The theory is that in short bursts, Opera is enjoyable, but it is not something you would want to listen to all day.  While it sucks to be homeless, I understand the business not wanting to have panhandlers drive away their customers, so I am okay with them having the cops run them off in that instance.  However, that is just a short term solution, and the best long term solution is to have government resources in place for addressing the causes of homelessness, and getting people off the streets.  Of course that involves not electing clueless Republicans who think government's role is to act as a super-HOA.

Instead, elect clueless Democrats who think government's role is to act like super-mommy and enable dysfunction and dependence.


This.
Don't forget tax increases.
All property owners will now pay a "homeless tax".
 
2018-05-16 05:23:42 PM  

captcaveman: shotguns work very effectively too. they tend not to come back when salt rounds are followed by bird shot followed by buck shot. just sayin.



What if that hobo has a shotgun?

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2018-05-16 05:25:19 PM  

jjorsett: Instead, elect clueless Democrats who think government's role is to act like super-mommy and enable dysfunction and dependence.



You just described the Seattle City Council.
 
2018-05-16 05:31:36 PM  

The_Sponge: jjorsett: Instead, elect clueless Democrats who think government's role is to act like super-mommy and enable dysfunction and dependence.


You just described the Seattle City Council

HAH!

So much this, considering the dumbass homeless tax bill the uber-Socialist Seattle city council passed
 
2018-05-16 05:37:19 PM  

Frothy Panties: The_Sponge: jjorsett: Instead, elect clueless Democrats who think government's role is to act like super-mommy and enable dysfunction and dependence.


You just described the Seattle City Council

HAH! So much this, considering the dumbass homeless tax bill the uber-Socialist Seattle city council passed



They allowed the homeless problem to explode, spent money poorly, but somehow, it's Amazon's fault.

I swear, working in state/local government in Washington means never having to say you're sorry.
 
2018-05-16 05:40:01 PM  

ModernLuddite: In my city, there's a hotel next to a park that was basically "heroin town USA" that got the bright idea to play classical music 24/7 to drive people away. Weirdly, it worked (I really don't know why, it actually made the park a nice place to sit). Weirder still, the hotel got many, many, many complaints that it was "racist". Which is....quite a complicated assumption to make regarding all parties. 


Though to be fair, 99% of the addicts and junkies were homeless native men. (So....it was also sexist?) Though I don't really believe that not wanting to have a carpet of dirty needles qualifies as discriminatory. I dunno.


It's time to re-post this pic.  I live north of Seattle, and this was behind a Home Depot that is less than 2 1/2 miles from my house:

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2018-05-16 05:53:00 PM  

The_Sponge: captcaveman: shotguns work very effectively too. they tend not to come back when salt rounds are followed by bird shot followed by buck shot. just sayin.


What if that hobo has a shotgun?

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Then you don't have a true hobo..You have Steve Bannon..
 
2018-05-16 06:02:14 PM  

Mr. Shabooboo: The_Sponge: captcaveman: shotguns work very effectively too. they tend not to come back when salt rounds are followed by bird shot followed by buck shot. just sayin.


What if that hobo has a shotgun?

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Then you don't have a true hobo..You have Steve Bannon..



Ha...it does look like him...but without the red nose.

I hope he has inspired a lot of people............to cut down on their drinking.
 
2018-05-16 06:11:13 PM  

The_Sponge: ModernLuddite: In my city, there's a hotel next to a park that was basically "heroin town USA" that got the bright idea to play classical music 24/7 to drive people away. Weirdly, it worked (I really don't know why, it actually made the park a nice place to sit). Weirder still, the hotel got many, many, many complaints that it was "racist". Which is....quite a complicated assumption to make regarding all parties. 


Though to be fair, 99% of the addicts and junkies were homeless native men. (So....it was also sexist?) Though I don't really believe that not wanting to have a carpet of dirty needles qualifies as discriminatory. I dunno.

It's time to re-post this pic.  I live north of Seattle, and this was behind a Home Depot that is less than 2 1/2 miles from my house:

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Shoreline or Bitterlake? I'm guessing bitterlake.
 
2018-05-16 06:14:51 PM  
They actually tried that at one of the McDonald's in downtown Dallas (it was a block from the Greyhound and a block from the convention center).  People would head straight from the bus to the McDonald's to panhandle conventioneers on their way to exhibits.

They began loudly playing classical music over external speakers (they could drown out some of the cars at stoplights).

It cut WAAAAAAY back on the problem.
 
2018-05-16 06:33:18 PM  

baxterdog: Shoreline or Bitterlake? I'm guessing bitterlake.



The Home Depot is in South Everett.....corner of Highway 99 and Airport Road.
 
2018-05-16 07:10:06 PM  

The_Sponge: ModernLuddite: In my city, there's a hotel next to a park that was basically "heroin town USA" that got the bright idea to play classical music 24/7 to drive people away. Weirdly, it worked (I really don't know why, it actually made the park a nice place to sit). Weirder still, the hotel got many, many, many complaints that it was "racist". Which is....quite a complicated assumption to make regarding all parties. 


Though to be fair, 99% of the addicts and junkies were homeless native men. (So....it was also sexist?) Though I don't really believe that not wanting to have a carpet of dirty needles qualifies as discriminatory. I dunno.

It's time to re-post this pic.  I live north of Seattle, and this was behind a Home Depot that is less than 2 1/2 miles from my house:

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I see that, and my first question is: Does Seattle have a needle exchange program...or was that banned as somehow encouraging drug use?

Because I know something like that was discovered in downtown Santa Ana (or rather in the riverbed adjacent where the homeless hang out) and wouldn't you just know it, Santa Ana eliminated their needle exchange program on the grounds that it would keep filthy junkies from hanging around being diseased and addicted all over the place.
 
2018-05-16 07:21:37 PM  
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To this day, I have no idea what that woman was singing about. Like, literally no idea. I don't know what a hollaback girl is, but I have to imagine it's a foul, disease-ridden thing.
 
2018-05-16 07:31:26 PM  
A 7-11 I worked for damn near 35 years ago pioneered the Opera over the PA concept.  It worked for their problem at he time, but it was High school kids hanging out in the parking lot, not homeless.

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2018-05-16 07:49:43 PM  
Huge opera fan here. I'm not interested in Mozart or most Wagner not named Tristan und Isolde 19th century Italian stuff, it's 20th century/atonal/12-tone stuff that I love. Want the slackers to leave the front of your store but playing some Verdi fluff isn't working? Give this a try:

LEAR | Aribert Reimann | Staatsoper Hamburg: Simone Young | ARTHAUS MUSIK
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Lear is one of my very favorite operas, I saw a great production of it years ago in Dresden. It's certainly not for everyone, even opera fans, but that should do the trick in front of the local booze joint.
 
2018-05-16 09:19:15 PM  

Aezetyr: Could be worse. They could be blasting EDM.

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Skrillex would definitely drive me away.
 
2018-05-17 10:11:52 AM  
Why is this news?   I've been hearing this a long time at the Burger King on Market.  Works too.
 
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