If youâ€™re looking for a place to kick it, donâ€™t even think about the 7-Eleven in Modesto, California. According to The Modesto Bee, the convenience store â€” located at McHenry and Morris avenues â€” is blasting classical and opera tunes to keep people from loitering and sleeping in front of the business. Customers wonâ€™t hear Bach by the breakfast sandwiches, but lingerers outside in the parking lot will be bedeviled by Brahms.
Apparently the non-confrontational musical method is working, and both customers and employees are claiming they feel safer. Even Manuel Souza, who is homeless, reportedly appreciates the change.
â€śOnce the music started, the riffraff left,â€ť the 47-year-old jokingly told the outlet while he was standing by a tree past the parking lot. â€śItâ€™s hard to hang out and gossip and joke around.â€ť
With the storeâ€™s ever-iconic Big Gulp in hand, he added, â€śItâ€™s OK with me. I like it.â€ť
Itâ€™s unclear which songs are actually being played, but weâ€™re going to assume itâ€™s not Beethovenâ€™s â€śMoonlight Sonataâ€ť because that piece would likely enable a nap. Maybe itâ€™s Mozartâ€™s â€śEine kleine Nachtmusikâ€ť â€” a hibernating bear couldnâ€™t tolerate that composition on repeat.
The Daily Meal has reached out to 7-Eleven for comment. For more on the Texas-based chain, take a look at the 15 worst foods you can eat (or drink) at 7-Eleven. We still love you, Slurpee!