A 7-Eleven in Modesto California is cranking up classical music as a way to keep people from panhandling and loitering outside the store. The owner of the franchise Sukhi Sandhu said his customers tell him they feel safer since he started blasting symphonies and occasional operas over outdoor speakers. A homeless man, Manuel Souza, said "Once the music started, the riffraff left," kidding by calling himself riffraff. He also said the loud music makes it hard "to hang out and gossip and joke around." Sandhu said the music is part of a 7-Eleven program that encourages non-confrontational methods to reduce loitering. He said It eliminates any risks faced by clerks when asking panhandlers to leave. Other stores use a method by emitting a high-pitched screech similar to a mosquito buzzing in your ear. Sandhu said the classical music is more effective and plans to introduce it at other stores he owns.
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