Is Classical Music ‘Still Effective’ At Dispersing Loitering Teens?

Are they hearing Mozart or Salieri? The LA Times reports:

With all sorts of the funding cuts hitting orchestras during the recent recession, there is still one aspect of classical music that local governments find valuable — the music’s unfailing ability to disperse loitering teenagers from public areas.

Whether its Handel piped into New York’s Port Authority or Tchaikovsky at a public library in London, the sound of classical music is apparently so repellent to teenagers that it sends them scurrying away like frightened mice. Private institutions also find it useful: chains such as McDonald’s and 7-Eleven, not to mention countless shopping malls around the world, have relied on classical music to shoo away potentially troublesome kids.

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  • Synapse

    An evolutionary response will then go on to create a new breed of teenager, much like the super bacteria who are resistant to anti-bacterial soap: we will now have teens who are looking to loiter and have a taste for classical music. Beware the future!

  • Synapse

    An evolutionary response will then go on to create a new breed of teenager, much like the super bacteria who are resistant to anti-bacterial soap: we will now have teens who are looking to loiter and have a taste for classical music. Beware the future!

    • DeepCough

      You know what this means right: we will have little bands of Droogies getting hepped up on synthemesc/vellocet/drencrom laced milk, beating homeless men, stealing cars, breaking and entering, raping women, and afterward, they will “slooshy” to their favorite composer, Ludwig Van Beethoven.

    • Gregor_Grigorio

      It’s already begun. Ever heard of Emilie Autumn? The Plague Rats are coming…

  • justagirl

    instrumental remakes of pop music at the grocery store makes me want to scurry away. i found that breathing slowly and singing “row row row your boat” to myself calms my nerves and makes the hideous “music” almost vanish. that movie was sweet, too.

  • justagirl

    instrumental remakes of pop music at the grocery store makes me want to scurry away. i found that breathing slowly and singing “row row row your boat” to myself calms my nerves and makes the hideous “music” almost vanish. that movie was sweet, too.

    • Bud Bundy

      I relax by visualising myself brutally murdering and dismembering those around me.

      • justagirl

        whilst smiling kindly to all that pass? (lol). i never could figure what to do with the ashes… we are some sick people.

  • Grimblorski

    well lets just hope A Clockwork Orange never finds itself in Youth pop fashion.
    “Viddy well little brother, viddy well”

  • Grimblorski

    well lets just hope A Clockwork Orange never finds itself in Youth pop fashion.
    “Viddy well little brother, viddy well”

  • DeepCough

    You know what this means right: we will have little bands of Droogies getting hepped up on synthemesc/vellocet/drencrom laced milk, beating homeless men, stealing cars, breaking and entering, raping women, and afterward, they will “slooshy” to their favorite composer, Ludwig Van Beethoven.

  • Anonymous

    It’s already begun. Ever heard of Emilie Autumn? The Plague Rats are coming…

  • Bud Bundy

    I relax by visualising myself brutally murdering and dismembering those around me.

  • justagirl

    whilst smiling kindly to all that pass? (lol). i never could figure what to do with the ashes… we are some sick people.

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