JACKSONVILLE, FL (CBS Local) – A Florida 7-Eleven has come up with a novel way to deal with panhandlers and would-be thieves in their store: play opera music.
The Jacksonville convenience store has reportedly been blasting classical tunes for three weeks in the hopes of encouraging unwanted guests to leave the area. The idea was part of 7-Eleven’s non-confrontational approach to dealing with loiterers.READ MORE: 'I Can't Believe It's Been Three Years:' Community Prepares To Remember, Reflect On Tree Of Life Shooting
“We have received very positive feedback from our customers about the atmosphere created by the music devices piloted in several 7-Eleven stores across the U.S.” 7-Eleven’s corporate office said in a statement obtained by WJAX.READ MORE: 1 Dead, 2 Injured in DUI-Suspected Crash in Oakland
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, there have been over two dozen assaults, burglaries, and thefts reported in the area around the store over the last month. The store owner accused local homeless people of regularly harassing customers and leaving trash in the store. Customers had mixed reactions to the opera strategy.
“Do they think the music will drive them away like the birds?” one customer asked reporters. “We’ll see. I don’t think it will work.”MORE NEWS: Newsom Receives COVID Vaccine Booster At Oakland Event Promoting State's Vaccination Push
“Every time I come here I’m asked for money, so I would feel safer if it works,” Megan Young, who uses the store’s gas pumps added.