7-Eleven Stores Blare classical music keeps homeless people from loitering


Some 7-Eleven store owners across the country have used classical music and opera to discourage homeless people from loitering outside their stores.

This happened in Austin, Texas, and several cities in California, where the homelessness crisis threatened the safety of local residents and small business owners.

Jag Patel, owner of a 7-Eleven store in Austin’s Riverside neighborhood, recently started playing loud opera music to discourage homeless people from loitering outside his store, putting customers at risk, Fox 7 reported, after hearing about the measure from other owners. , he started using it and says it works.

“Research has shown that classical music is boring. Opera is boring and I think they’re right because it works,” Patel said.

The store owner noted that he felt he had to resort to radical tactics to make his store unsafe. He said some homeless people harass female customers, demand money and assault customers, scaring away businesses.

A customer who works near Patel’s store and is also a shopper told Fox 7 he had to carry a knife because of the danger of the area. He says he welcomes loud music after noticing it alleviates some of the safety concerns in the area.

“Now that they have this music, we’re going to have less homeless cars around here,” Joe Miranda said. “It helps, it doesn’t bother us because it doesn’t bother us, but it might bother them because they’re on drugs.”


While some appreciated classical music as a distraction from potential problems related to crime and drug use, others complained about how loud the music could be.

“I was surprised at how loud it was. Boring, early in the morning,” Austin told NBC affiliate Jessica Cohen to KXAN. “Not that I don’t like classical music, but it’s just gross.”

Still, Cohen admits he’s noticed less people walking outside the store since he started playing loud music.


In recent years, 7-Eleven store owners in California have used the sounds of Pavarotti or Beethoven to keep the transition from causing trouble for their establishments as the homelessness crisis worsened at the same time. in the state.

An employee at a 7-Eleven in North Hollywood told NBC 4 that since the store started playing classical music in 2019, they’ve noticed more customers coming in because they feel better. security.

Sandra Andrade, a 7-Eleven employee, said: “It’s very busy right now, the music is busy, there’s less homeless people.”

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