Une ville de Floride lance «Baby Shark» du jour au lendemain pour empêcher les sans-abri de dormir dans les parcsaoût 12, 2019
- West Palm Beach, Florida, is playing children’s songs, including « Baby Shark » and « Raining Tacos, » at Waterfront Lake Pavilion overnight to keep homeless people from sleeping outside of it.
- City spokeswoman Kathleen Walter told CNN that the music is used to discourage « congregating at the building » and « encourage people to seek safer, more appropriate shelter. »
- This isn’t the first time West Palm Beach has used music as a policing tactic — in 2001, police blasted classical music from an abandoned building to deter drug dealers
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A city in Florida is blasting « Baby Shark » and other children’s songs from loud speakers in hopes of keeping homeless people from sleeping overnight in public parks.
West Palm Beach, Florida, is playing children’s songs, including « Baby Shark » and « Raining Tacos, » at Waterfront Lake Pavilion overnight, city spokeswoman Kathleen Walter told CNN in a statement.
Walter said the music is used to discourage « congregating at the building » and « encourage people to seek safer, more appropriate shelter. »
« The music volume complies with City code, and is a temporary measure, as we are exploring the possibility of having set hours for the Great Lawn and Pavilion, » Walter told CNN.
A city spokesperson told CBS News that the music is a « temporary measure. »
Leah Rockwell, the city’s parks and recreation director, told the Palm Beach Post that the pavilion is a massive event space, and the city expects it to bring in $240,000 this year.
Rockwell told the Post that visitors shouldn’t have to step over sleeping people while attending events at the pavilion.
« People are paying a lot of money to use the facility, » she says. « 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. »
Megan Hustings, interim director of the National Coalition for the Homeless told CNN that the move « shows a lack of concern for our community members who are struggling through a very tough time. »
« Responding with this kind of discrimination and disgust instead of compassion is … really immoral. It’s disturbing, » Hustings added. « We’re all humans, and we need to sleep. »
This isn’t the first time West Palm Beach has used music as a policing tactic — in 2001, police blasted classical music from an abandoned building to deter drug dealers, according to the Post.
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