7-Eleven is using an interesting method to ward off loiterers

posted by Sarah Jacobs - 

We've all been to that gas station that ALWAYS has loiterers and panhandlers lurking around at all hours of the day and night. All you want is to get some gas and a hot dog, and you can't manage to complete this wish without some stranger confronting you and asking you for money...and if you say no, sometimes they get belligerent. I've been there. I'm not a fan of this. 

There's a 7-Eleven store in Jacksonville, FL that had a panhandling problem. Police had been called several times to assist with burglaries, assaults, disturbing the peace and many more incidents around this particular location...until the store's manger decided to get creative. 

He started playing classical music. LOUDLY. 

He is hoping the music will drive away all the loiterers and panhandlers, so his store can be safer for his customers. They are three weeks into the classical music experiment and are waiting to see how the music affects the activity around the store. If it works, it's a GENIUS method of preventing crime in a non-confrontational way!

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