A Texas landlord decided to put on classical music to prevent his customers from having unpleasant encounters.
“Many of my clients, women or younger people, are afraid to come here because there are constantly people hanging around the parking lot asking for money,” said Jagal Patel, the owner of a 7/11 in the city of Austin, at KTBC.
He maintains that needles are often found on the ground and that an individual has already been attacked near the convenience store.
“I have to carry this big knife with me just to defend myself,” added a local worker.
And the opera in all this?
“Studies prove that classical music is unnerving. Opera is nerve-wracking, and it seems the studies are right since the tactic works,” Patel continued.
Authorities have reportedly received a few noise complaints already, but Jagal Patel maintains his solution is good for everyone. He plans to lower the sound of his anti-loafing music to accommodate his clientele.
It would seem that the owner has influenced other merchants since opera can be heard almost everywhere in the United States such as in Texas and in several cities in California, struggling with a homelessness crisis.