In a weird move to drive the homeless away, officials in West Palm Beach, Florida are considering to play children's songs throughout the night, as per reports.
Authorities hope that a continuous loop of children's songs throughout the night will prevent the homeless from sleeping on the patio that is owned by the city's rental banquet facility. The Director of West Palm Beach Parks and recreation Leah Rockwell said that the move has been taken to discourage people who use the spaces outside the glass-walled Waterfront Lake Pavilion for sleeping. She later added that the annual revenue generated from the parks is close to $240,000.
The continuous loop of 'Baby Shark' and 'Raining Tacos' is a temporary measure to keep the homeless from taking to the patio. Even so, Rockwell has asserted that the city is looking forward to formalize hours for the facility, thereby making these trespassing laws easier to enforce. Here's video of 'Raining Tacos' song that was played:
“Raining Tacos” is an obnoxious song playing at Lake Pavilion in West Palm Beach. City officials say it’s to deter people for congregating at the park late at night. Someone is still out here sleeping through it @CBS12 pic.twitter.com/YqJZHBU8fw— Madeline Montgomery (@MadelineTV) July 11, 2019
Many Netizens slammed the measures and expressed their dismay. Here are some of the comments which show the unwelcoming stance of a few people:
It's despicable. That there are ANY homeless in ANY city in America in 2019 is a testament to the lack of character and compassion of our society. Sad to see my former home right on track with the national Trend of victim blaming and NOT working on actual solutions.— LePimpernel (@LPimpernel) July 17, 2019
Just because these citizens are homeless doesn't mean that their civil and human rights are voided. As proven with this city, the lowest economic citizens need more than money, they need their rights protected from their own cities bent on criminalizing being too poor.— Aric Hurkman (@TheRealAturs) July 17, 2019
The homeless need help, not torture :(— Blue_Ocean (@BluOshyn) July 17, 2019
Not only are they trying to keep homeless out, but also to keep reminding them of the food they can't have— Jason Roner (@jasonroner) July 17, 2019
However, Illaya Champion has said that he will still sleep there, but the repeated songs are bothering him.
(With Inputs from AP)