We may have come a long way on many issues but homelessness is still one of those things we just can’t seem to tackle as a species. Maybe that’s because we’re focusing on ways to ignore it rather than solve it. Take, for instance, the case of one British municipality that’s using one of the most annoying sounds in the world to drive homeless people away from a bus station.
The town of Bournemouth, Dorset has started blaring the sounds of bagpipes to keep homeless people from spending too much time in their town’s central bus station. Workers at the station told the local newspaper The Daily Echo that homeless people have been sleeping in the bus station and always speaking abusively towards passers-by especially women. So they decided to use the raw sound of Scotland’s most annoying noise to drive them away every night between midnight and 6:30 a.m. And it’s reportedly working because even a drunk can’t belt out an off-key singalong to an instrument that sounds like an entire herd of sheep being castrated all at once.
Of course, the problem is that the people they are just trying to get rid of will go somewhere else to catch some sleep and get drunk and catcall women. So does that mean they’ll just have to blare bagpipe music there as well? Pretty soon, you’ll have an entire town coated in a never-ending stream of bagpipe music. They might as well just pack up and move the entire town to Scotland.