Baby shark, mommy shark — homeless shark?
The town of West Palm Beach, Florida, is employing a creative technique to stop its homeless population from sleeping in a park overnight: blaring annoying children’s songs on loop.
Viral songs “Baby Shark” and “Raining Tacos” are being played on loop at night around the glass-walled Lake Pavilion, the Miami Herald reports.
Apparently, the pavilion’s patio is a hot-spot for the vagrants at night. So far, the “Baby Shark” — which has more than 3 billion views on YouTube — seems to be keeping them away.
“It has been effective and is a temporary measure to make the area accessible for those who have rented the facility and for future events,” Parks and Recreation Director Leah Rockwell tells the Palm Beach Post.
According to the report, West Palm Beach is currently working on a formalized plan to enforce stricter park hours and trespassing.
Parks and Rec reps consider the music a “humane” band-aid solution at the moment.
“We are not forcing individuals to stay on the patio of the pavilion to listen to the music. The music is heard only if you are on the patio, a very small area relative to the rest of the waterfront,” Rockwell says.
The city’s primary concern is keeping people who rent the pavilion for private events happy. Last year, they hosted 164 events, and plan to bring in $240,000 this year from renting the space, the PBP reports.
One homeless person, Illaya Champion, told the Palm Beach Post the music wouldn’t stop him from sleeping on the pavilion. “It don’t bother me. I still lay down in there — but it’s on and on, the same songs,” he said.
As for the city’s attempt to shoo away the homeless population from the public rest area?
“It’s wrong,” he said.
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