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Does this really work? What's the buzz? Teens can't stand it.

Discussion in 'News & Current Events (Articles Required)' started by Johnboy60, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. Johnboy60

    Johnboy60 Looking For Interesting News.

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    BARRY, Wales--Though he did not know it at the time, the idea came to Howard Stapleton when he was 12 and visiting a factory with his father, a manufacturing executive in London.

    Opening the door to a room where workers were using high-frequency welding equipment, he found he could not bear to go inside.

    "The noise!" he complained.

    "What noise?" the grownups asked.

    Now 39, Stapleton has taken the lesson he learned that day--that children can hear sounds at higher frequencies than adults can--to fashion a novel device that he hopes will provide a solution to the eternal problem of obstreperous teenagers who hang around outside stores and cause trouble.

    http://news.com.com/Whats+the+buzz+...3-5974937.html?part=rss&tag=5974937&subj=news
     
  2. Megachihuahua

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    That's mean.
     
  3. QuietTempest

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    Brilliant! LOL "Like anti-teenager spray".

    :p I'm still fairly young, but if this would help keep kids from loitering in areas they have no business in, I'm all for it.
     
  4. BrownCoat

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    I am not a teenager any more. :cool:
     
  5. Helo

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    Bad bad bad idea. You start sticking those things in and I PROMISE you theyre going to get broken.

    When I was in jr high, we had a problem with backpacks being stolen out of the locker-room so what was thier deterrent? They stuck cameras in there. Two days went by and there was gum over the lens of both cameras. A week, they were fishing both cameras out of the school toilets.

    Besides, id be nervous to put this in a public place because of animals, people with hearing aides and such.

    Best way to ensure loiterers wont cause problems is to be nice, you treat people like criminals thats what they'll act like it. Give people a hard time and they'll give you a hard time.

    The shops around here that have a problem with shoplifting and vandalism are the ones that treat teenagers like mini-criminals, the shops that are tolerant towards teenagers and people hanging around are the ones that dont have problems.
     
  6. horuhe00

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    I know of a few places where that should be installed. For starters, the Seven Eleven close to home where the 11-17 year olds go to drink and smoke. I've seen 13 year old girls drinking straight from a huge bottle of I don't know what.
     
  7. trunks2k

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    I can hear really high pitched noise and I'm 22. I'm one of those people that can tell if a TV is on even if it's muted and I'm two rooms away. I've gotten up many times in the middle of dinner to turn off the TV that everyone else thought was off.

    The funniest thing was a couple years ago. My parents bought this thing that emits a very high pitched noise that's supposed to scare animals away. They stuck it in the garden to keep deer and such from eating the veggies. I couldn't work in the garden. After 5 minutes, the noise would drive me bonkers. My parents thought I was insane.
     
  8. horuhe00

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    Haha me too :)
     
  9. butterfoot

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    I think this is brilliant.
     
  10. LouTheWicked

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    I hate loud noises as well, like when I go into a disco and the music's booming away I feel quite repelled.
     
  11. Scally Cap

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    I'm ancient and decrepit at 38 and can't hear half of the conversations I'm involved in, but high-pitched sound cuts through my head as effectively as ever (including stuff most of my family is oblivious to). A house I walk my dogs past a few blocks away has one of those ultrasonic mosquito-repellers going all the time. If I lived next door to that I'd have to rip it out. Drives me nuts.

    What happened to the maybe decade-old trend of playing Muzak to discourage loitering teens? Did the fad for all things retro and "ironic" do that in?
     
  12. Helo

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    Ugh, same here. Ive discovered that monitors make this high pitched shirek in the first few seconds after theyre turned after being off for about 12+ hours, HIGHLY irritating.
     
  13. LegacyOfLove

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    That would definately drive out anyone who was sensitive to high-frequency sounds - not just teens. It may seem inventive, but there have to be better alternatives.
     
  14. Illuminatus

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    I'm glad they have such respect for the blind and their seeing-eye dogs.
     
  15. fragmentsofdreams

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    What if they want to buy something?
     
  16. cwolf20

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    personally, if I were that age and it happened to me... Nothing would possess me to buy something from that store even if it was many years down the road after it happened. And if he keeps it up, he won't have very many potential customers.

     
  17. QuietTempest

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    Hm... after giving it more thought and listening to more opinions, I agree with the rest. It's not the best approach. I can hear the high pitched buzz of a tv from other rooms, too. It gets fairly annoying at times.

    I'm sure there are better ways to keep teens from loitering on your property.
     
  18. MoonlessNight

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    I'm glad to find out that I'm not the only person who can hear those things.
     
  19. just_dance

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    True I know this one guy who can't hear very good I have to speek twice as loud when I'm around him because he dose concert lighting, but what about the other teens that blew their eardrums will they be able to hear it?
     
  20. BOJAX

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    they tried to resolve a loitering problem at a subway station here.
    What did they use?
    Classical Music.


    didn't work either

    I myself enjoyed it.
     
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