Authorities in West Palm Beach, Florida, are implementing the use of children’s songs on repeat in an attempt to deter homeless people from taking up shelter in a city park pavilion.
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West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Director Leah Rockwell told the Palm Beach Post that the songs — including “Baby Shark” and “Raining Tacos” — are intended to discourage homeless people from camping out at the park’s Lake Pavilion.
Rockwell said, “People are paying a lot of money to use the facility. Thousands of dollars. We want to make sure people paying this money had a facility that was clean and open and continue to use it in the future.”
According to WRWD-TV, the pavilion brings in nearly $240,000 annually from public events.
CBS News reports that the popular venue hosted at least 164 events over the past 12 months, ranging from weddings to business meetings and birthday parties.
Illaya Champion, one homeless man, said that it’s “wrong” to use music as a deterrent for the homeless — but insisted that the trick won’t work on him.
“It don’t bother me. I still lay down in there. But it’s on and on, the same songs,” he added.
This isn’t a new tactic. The Palm Beach Post revealed other examples: “A biblical example: Joshua’s Israelites trumpeted rams’ horns to terrify the people of Jericho. A Hollywood example: Helicopters blared Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ through loudspeakers while strafing Asian villagers in ‘Apocalypse Now.'”
“In real-life Panama in 1989, U.S. soldiers played high-volume rock and hip-hop to roust Manuel Noriega from his lair,” the paper continued. “At Abu Ghraib in 2004, American interrogators blasted heavy metal to weaken Iraqi captives’ resolve.”
Baby Shark Original