McDonald’s Restaurant Turns to Opera to Drive Out Loitering Teenagers

Jonathan Pearlman, Telegraph (London), November 21, 2013

A McDonald’s outlet in Australia has begun playing classical musical and opera late at night to deter young people from loitering around the restaurant.

Fed up with their outlet’s nocturnal transformation into an unofficial youth club, the store adopted the tactic a few weeks ago and says it has significantly reduced the number of loiterers, particularly around the car park. The strategy has reportedly been tried before by a local council at a car park in Australia, though previous efforts involved blaring songs by Barry Manilow.

Matthew Watson, the operations manager at the Mt Annan McDonald’s on the outskirts of Sydney, said the music had been a successful deterrent.

“We’ve noticed a reduction in the number of young people hanging around, but we’ll have to reassess it properly in a couple of weeks,” the store’s operations manager, Matthew Watson, told the Macarthur Chronicle newspaper.

“We play a range of classical and opera music and so far it seems to be working.”

The tactic drew a mixed response on social media, with some locals saying the music was played too loud and others saying “it might bring a bit of class to the area”.

“They turn it up really loud when youth are hanging around the car park,” wrote Janeen Brady on the local newspaper’s Facebook page. “It woke me up at 1am Tuesday night and it’s only going to get worse as Xmas approaches.” A comment by Erin Cox, said: “I may just stay longer. I have no issue with classical music it’s quite nice.” Another comment, from Stef Awns, noted: “It’s a shame that classical music supposedly has this impact on people”.

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  • [Guest]

    Oh, my! It’s almost as if this country has a “teenager”/”youth”/”young people” problem.

    Right now I’m listening to Sibeilus’s violin concerto in a black-free environment.

    Ahhhhhhh, life is good!

    • Boris McGuffin

      Good taste. Sibelius’s 7th symphony is my favorite of his works.

      • [Guest]

        I enjoy the seventh too, although the second is my favorite.

        It’s interesting, isn’t it, how the best music dispenses with the caterwauling, the ululating, and the jungle beat heard in popular music? Hmmmmm.

        • Boris McGuffin

          His second may be my second or third favorite. It’s certainly his happiest symphony — for lack of a better word.

      • mobilebay

        May I put in a plug for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto # 2? I wonder if the world will ever see composers of their kind again? I think the rap music of today represents hell on earth.

  • Oil Can Harry

    They’ve been doing this for years in the black sections of Canada.

    What kind of race is this, repelled by Mozart and Bach but attracted by gangsta rap?

    • Celebrate Homogeneity

      They would also hear some of Ellington’s more elaborate works, or the songs of Billy Strayhorn, and be repelled by them as well. ANY music that does not consist of repeated five to ten second set of notes will repel them. Any melody that needs to resolve to make sense will repel them. Boom-thumpa-m***ah-f****h over and over is, well,music to their ears.

      • George Clark

        Classical music is a good form of n****r repellent.

    • me

      The spawn of the Infernal One, who resides in the pits of hades….in other words, the Bantu.

    • Thor Bonham

      It isn’t a race at all .. It was a mistake by the man upstairs ..

  • D.B. Cooper

    Whut’s the prahblem??
    I mean, are white people merely driving right on by if they see a bunch of black males just hanging out, but not buying any happy meals?

  • Can any Aussies tell us the demographics of the Sydney suburb of Mt. Annan?

    I bet it’s plenty vibrant.

    • I think they’re white; if I recall correctly, that area is almost entirely single-family homes and mostly owner-occupied. That typically means whites.

      • me

        Australia has a lot of ‘diversity’ these days….like most traditionally White countries, the Australian government has been shipping in Third World miscreants by the gross.

  • Triarius

    Ahh, music to my ears, literally. May I request Dvorak?

    This has been proven to be very effective and non-violent. A way to keep the riff raff out without breaking their “cibil rites”.

    Even studies have shown this when babies of different races were played music in the womb, so there could be no bias in raising or societal influence. Black babies still unborn hated classical music but loved drums.

    I genuinely wonder why this is.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Tribal people like tribal music. Sunrise, sunset.

    • rowingfool

      A similar study took place a while ago in which researchers put two boom boxes in a gorilla’s cage (not simultaneously of course). It smashed the the one that played head banger music but relaxed to the one playing classical.

      • Triarius

        Exactly my point. While not everyone may enjoy classical music, it is hard to deny it’s beauty and calming effects. This has been shown with animals and even plants, along with people. But for some reason, blacks can’t stand it, like a dog whistle to a dog. It really boggles my mind how this is genetically possible, because that is what the blind fetus studies have shown.

        • One of the cool white deputies in the Denver County Jail in 2001 used to play classic rock & roll on the radio for us. No problem, right? Wrong! The blacks pitched a fit, saying it was “racist”, so the guy started playing country & western instead. That was one funny deputy.

      • SFLBIB

        LOL! I almost lost my coffee!

      • SFLBIB

        One day, the thought occurred to me that there was money to be made selling this junk. Lacking the ability to play musical instruments, I got an idea to dynamite a pile of scrap brass, record the sound, compress it down to a one-second clip, and concatenate 2 1/2 minutes of them, to the sound of a beat — all loud of course.

        • rowingfool

          Then stretch a diaphragm over the speaker cone, fill it with mercury and film the standing wave pattern that results from your “music”. A sound and light show!

      • SFLBIB

        I had an experience somewhat similar to the McDonalds’. I was in a service club in high school, and one day we decided to play music in the cafeteria during lunch period. Another student and I volunteered to do it, and we set up our equipment on a small stage with a 3-foot barrier that set it apart from the rest of the floor and began playing LPs. I don’t remember who
        supplied the records; I didn’t want to risk playing mine on a crude turntable. They were not classical nor rock, but just easy listening. The first day mostly aroused curiosity; the second day was a different story. Some students gathered around and demanded we play the ear-splitting racket of the day. The third day, a couple of them brought their own records and again demanded I play them. To me, it took a lot of nerve to look a gift horse in the mouth. I did play one, but it was savage and not very favorable to one’s digestive system. When I refused to play more of theirs, they became threatening. Fifty-five years later, the anger in their eyes is still fresh in my memory.
        Fearing that they would become violent and jump the barrier, I folded the equipment and turned the records back in. I don’t recall anyone ever playing music
        in that chimp room again.

        • rowingfool

          Sounds about right. They didn’t take the initiative to set up the equipment but, after the hard work was done, were full of suggestions and wanted to legislate what you would play.

          • SFLBIB

            Right. Now that you mention it, I don’t recall that any of them belonged to a campus service club.

      • Alexandra1973

        I feel like smashing something playing headbanger music too. Can’t stand that stuff.

        I’m more of an easy-listening person. Certainly not cRap.

  • GOD

    Whatever works. Period.

    • Brian

      They use Sinatra when I live. Same purpose, same efficacy. ‘Ghetto repellant’.

  • pcmustgo

    My local mcdonald’s, which is in a mostly white neighborhood, has serious problems with black teens who attend the schools here trashing the place, starting fights, etc. I once had to stop some black teens from bullying an elderly white lady there- they were calling her racist cause she wouldn’t give up her table for them, and had the nerve to tell them they were “loud and ghetto”… which they were. The mcdonald’s , staffed mostly by latinos, but somewhat diverse staff, has had to create special policies for them- during lunch time, the upstairs floor is closed off (not enough supervision) and they are only allowed in 20 at a time, etc, crowd control.

  • Jesse James

    The McDonalds corporation has worked so hard to develop their black clientele that I never eat at their restaurants anymore. They wanted 365 black and now they have it. I look forward to the day when the last ones around here turn off the lights and collapse into piles of burned out rubble. We eat at home and avoid the unhealthy food and unwanted association with savages.

    • me

      Yeah, screw that clown! If McDonalds wants to cater to the pavement apes, let them reap the whirlwind!

    • Decent hamburgers are simply too easy and cheap to prepare at home to bother with McDamage. We get 80-20 ground chuck cheap at Wal Mart, along with nice onion rolls. I break up a 3-pound tube of the stuff into four 3/4-pound quantities by cutting it, and then pack these smaller portions into 12-ounce plastic containers. I usually marinate the meat in the fridge for several days before cooking it. One marinate I like is Korean “bulgoki” sauce (when I do this, the burgers get kimchi under the buns. I cheat with the kimchi, combining packaged sauerkraut with store-bought kimchi seasoning. Another I like is dry red wine and a bit of Worcestershire sauce. I cook these on a charcoal-fired hibachi after combining a tablespoon of wheat flour with each 3/4 pound lot of meat. The flour helps the cooking meat retain its natural juices as well as the marinade liquid. I get good quality lettuce, like the packaged “spring mix” or “herb mix” instead of tasteless iceberg lettuce. Lots of tomato slices, vine-ripened so they don’t taste like water. Sauteed Portobello mushroom slices under the buns are good with chunky bleu cheese dressing.

      As their commercial goes, “I’m lovin’ it,” but not in the way McDamage would like. Life is too short for bad food, and I don’t think it really costs anything more to eat properly; for the cost of what three of us would spent at a fast food place, I can do very well here at home. My way is probably actually cheaper in the long run, once one factors in what McDonald’s garbage will eventually cost in health care.

      That McDonald’s is also a politically-activist corporation – they have supported gun-control kook groups for over 20 years – is only the cherry on top of the sundae. Sure, their fries are pretty good, but I have always preferred onion rings, and I can make those at home, frying them in canola oil instead of pure beef tallow. Instead of milkshakes which probably contain no genuine dairy products or sodas full of HFCS, I prefer beer, hard cider or unsweetened iced tea.

      If it were not for Oogaboogacare, I would find the notion that McDamage has decided to focus their efforts on selectively poisoning blacks somewhat amusing. Unfortunately, this is now something else we will be forced to pay for.

      • Write a cookbook.

        You’ve had so many good recipes that morning, noon and evening at Chez Scott must be heaven.

      • fuzzypook

        I agree with Question Diversity! Write a cookbook. I have have actually tried some of the cooking tips you write about. You are a talented man Mr. Scott! I think Amren should have a special section for “Michael Scott’s Recipes.” I’m serious!

    • Rhialto

      Exactly, when you prepare food at home, you control the ingredients, the preparation, and the environment.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Blacks are so incompatible with White civilization that our music effectively acts as insect repellant to them. I guess that’s why I enjoy Barnes & Noble stores so much; tons of amazing books, soothing classical music coming from the speakers, and no blacks in sight.

    • dd121

      No, they just don’t read. Fredoneverything mentioned that when he was on the police beat he had been in dozens of their lairs and never seen a book.

      • rowingfool

        And what did the black comedian Chris Rock(?) say? Something to the effect that if you want to hide something from a black man, just put it in a book?

  • A Freespeechzone

    What a great tactic!

    Just watch, only a matter of time before this is considered racist–remember almost ANYTHING that smacks of the White man is considered racist.

  • Spartacus

    They just found the dark-skins’ kryptonite !

    • John R

      According to comedian Chris Rock, and I quote: “Books are to a ni$$er (being nice, moderator), what kryptonite is to superman.”

      • Search YouTube for “D’Mite Read a Book”

        NSFW, BTW.

      • M.

        Yeah, I liked that show… until he started talking of white people f******g their sisters.

        • WR_the_realist

          That’s called “projection”.

  • JohnEngelman

    Once I was fired from a blue collar job for listening to classical music at work. I was told I could bring a radio and listen to music, so I did.

    • Celebrate Homogeneity

      In one of my past lives, I sorted high-nickle scrap alloy for a living. (Days I do not miss in the least.) I always had one of the San Francisco classical stations on while doing my work. Strangely enough, the Mexican help ate lunch near my work area; the blacks went elsewhere in the plant. Before anyone says anything, these fellows were well-mannered, and worked their butts off. The blacks were a different story.

  • MekongDelta69

    What is says:
    “A McDonald’s outlet in Australia has begun playing classical musical and opera late at night to deter young people from loitering around the restaurant.”

    What it should have said:
    “A McDonald’s outlet in Australia has begun playing classical musical and opera late at night to deter young people blacks and other non-whites from loitering around the restaurant.”

    • I suspect the non-whites being obnoxious at the “Maccas” (as the Aussies call it) in Mt. Annan are Middle Eastern. That’s the predominant troublesome minority in the western suburbs of Sydney.

  • DLRisVH

    We need to try this throughout the whole entire country.

    • Boris McGuffin

      Hahaha. Good idea. Loudspeakers strategically placed throughout the 50 states, blasting “La forza del destino.”

      And billboards and tv commercials with pictures of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

      Also, oneway tickets to Africa, available at any McDonald’s. Now that’s a government handout I could really get behind.

  • John R

    Wouldn’t work in America. Someone would say that it was racist because it was imposing white middle class values on minority teenagers, and was damaging their self esteem. Think I’m kidding? Then you haven’t read the peanut butter and jelly sandwich article here on Amren.

    • SFLBIB

      “When we fail to discriminate between good and evil, right and wrong, and the behaviors that lead to success and those that lead to failure, we do not end up objective, neutral, tolerant, or even indifferent; we end up hating what is good, right, and successful.” – The Closing of the American Mind

  • Chris

    This is not new. I remember back in the 80’s I worked in a mall at a men’s clothing store. The clothing lines we carried catered to the young and hip and as a result, often attracted a rather unsavory element. We even had a few fights break out in the store and shoplifting was a constant nuisance. My manager turned off the stores’ overhead pop music that was piped in and began playing classical music. Little by little, the punks began to stay away. Sales actually went up, nicer and more classy people started coming in, and no more fights. It was great!

  • rightrightright

    If you are driving along and a car full of moslems tailgates you for some fun bullying, turn up the volume and blast away with some juicy Brahms or Tchaikowsky. They drop back. It works like salt on slugs.

    I suspect that powerful, trained, women’s voices would repel and frighten them silly. Flight of the Valkyries, perhaps?

  • Garrett Brown

    Now that’s my kind of Mcdonald’s. Breakfast with Bach, perfection.

  • Boris McGuffin

    Or to the symphony, or to a play. The only blacks you’ll see at those types of events act whiter than most white people.

    I knew a black guy who was intelligent, had class, spoke and dressed respectably, was not a liberal, had no chip on his shoulder, didn’t even seem to have a black identity, was cultured, and wasn’t a fag.

    Oh how I wish many more were like him.

    • SFLBIB

      I had a close friend in the service who was like that. After I got to know him, one day I asked him how it was that he didn’t talk like black people. He said that when he was a kid, he would listen to the radio and imitate white announcers. Then he turned on his black accent. What a hoot!

      • IstvanIN

        I knew a black girl in college who normally spoke English but could speak n#gg#r for self-defense.

        • Celebrate Homogeneity

          She sounds like a non-fictional version of Calpurnia from To Kill a Mocking Bird.

  • Rusty Shackelford

    Play classical music, and put up a big sign that says “Every meal comes with a job application”. That should do the trick.

  • SFLBIB

    Heyyyyyyyyyy! I remember Miles City! I was there in the late ’60s in the Air Force when we were dismantling the AF Station on the west side of town. It was just a wide spot in the road them. I don’t remember a McD, though.

  • SFLBIB

    Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I avoid places that play yelling and screaming sounds over their hi-fi systems, so it only figures that those who prefer sounds like someone being tortured to death would avoid the more peaceful. Why didn’t someone think of this before?

  • Franklin_Ryckaert

    The formula is : the more symphony the less “vibrancy”.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    Libraries too, for the free internet pr0n, air conditioning, a place to socialize and sleep, and restrooms to destroy.

    • Earl Turner

      * “lie-berries” I believe that’s what they call them.

  • Earl Turner

    There’s a gas station/convenience store across the street from my work. It’s become one of “those” stores over the last few years as the black undertow spreads ever closer. You now see brillo pads and “love roses” at the counter. Just google the love roses, there’s even a short wikipedia article.
    The store tried for a while blasting country music but it did no good.

    • WR_the_realist

      They should switch to Bach.

    • Interesting: it sounds like that convenience store is attempting to skirt the drug paraphernalia laws.

    • IstvanIN

      Boy am I naive, never heard of this and never would have guessed that is what a rose in a vile was for. I am just not hip.

      • If it helps, I had to look it up, and still didn’t grok the idea until I understood that both ends of the glass tube can be opened. These are not laboratory test tubs in which there is only one corked end.

        • IstvanIN

          Thanks for the clarification. I went to Wikipedia and read their little article. I was a little puzzled how one could smoke through something shaped like a mini test tube. Of course I have no interest in smoking crack so I didn’t spend much time thinking this over.

          • A crack pipe with a fake rose in it: the gift that says “I love you”. Or maybe it just says “I gots ta be haben yer bootay, b***h!”

  • WR_the_realist

    Hmmm… songs by Barry Manilow would drive out everybody. But some good opera and classical music would make me a customer if only McDonald’s had cuisine to match.

    • IstvanIN

      Hey, Barry Manilow had a lot of good songs.

      • Alexandra1973

        I really like “I Write the Songs.” And I’m 40.

  • Celebrate Homogeneity

    In the early 1970s I managed a Radio Shack store in downtown Los Angeles. I ran classical, swing, big-band, and 50s pop (Sinatra, Como, Nelson Riddle instrumentals etc) and it kept the garbage at bay.

    • My wife and I love big-band. When there’s something in that genre going on here, we dress in period clothes and go dancing, provided we can find a babysitter.

  • WR_the_realist

    That won’t keep the better Asians out. But that wouldn’t bother me, they’re not the ones causing the problems.

  • Celebrate Homogeneity

    Another thing that will be mandatory is my eating elsewhere if they do.

  • Kenner

    Maybe if Weinerschnitzel piped in the Ring Cycle, they’d still be in business.

  • WR_the_realist

    I’m not so sure about this. The last time I was in a state park in New York a ways out from NYC it was filled with blacks having cook outs. There’s nothing wrong with that, except that each family felt it necessary to bring a boom box and play loud, thumping music all the while. I think that’s their way of keeping out whites (it works) so they shouldn’t complain if we play Bach back at them.

    • IstvanIN

      The “music” isn’t their way of keeping us out, it is just that they do not seem to be able to spend too much time without jungle rhythms.

    • me

      Yeah, right BACH at them! If it helps Whites to get a HANDEL on the situation, I’m all for it!

  • Bardon Kaldian

    There was a similar story here, on AR, ca. 2-3 years ago. Urban youfs hangin’ around some trash cans, waste, whatever… Local people became upset. Some smart cops set up big loudspeakers at “strategical” positions & started a continuous “performance” of Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Verdi, Beethoven, … In max two weeks- no youfs, no trouble.

  • If you think the dislike of Polynesians for subcontinental Indians is amazing in New Zealand, try Fiji. They really, really hate them there!

  • I had to look up “twerking” on Wikipedia, and now that I know what it is, I’m still not very happy.

  • watling

    A British travelling funfair used a Cliff Richard song to achieve the same result.

    ‘But then Mr Carter remembered that whenever Cliff Richard records were played on the dodgems, teenagers instantly left the rides. So he put on The Young Ones across the fair’s sound system.

    “The gang had completely left the fair before the track was half over,” he said.

    “They don’t like that kind of music; it’s not cool enough,” he said.’

    www(dot)theguardian(dot)com(slash)society(slash)2007(slash)jun/07(slash)youthjustice(dot)law

  • I have to sympathize with the Fijians, however. There already is an India, after all. Indians who want to run a country need to stay there.

  • Reverend Bacon

    Now all they need to do is change a few letters in their slogan to “365Bach.”
    Are they really trying to get a divorce from the blacks, or is it just outside of the US where sanity is prevailing?

  • Abba would drive them off a whole continent. That old music is entirely too happy, and orcs… er… groids can’t stand the idea of someone being happy.

  • Thor Bonham

    Music calms the savage beast , so they say ..

    • Alexandra1973

      Or at least drive them away.

    • ThomasER916

      True. I’ve discovered one simple axiom when I was in the Marine Corps – “those that cannot enjoy classical music cannot be civil.” I’ve only me a few blacks who could. None of them were in my unit.

  • Thor Bonham

    You haven’t moved yet, eh ?

  • Jackryanvb

    Love it.

  • Jackryanvb

    The Barry Manilow music is probably “cruel and unusual punishment”

  • Alexandra1973

    Reminds me of people pitching a fit about Sheriff Joe denying the inmates cable. So he gave them the Weather Channel and the Disney Channel. LOL

  • Fr. John+

    A shame that intellectually complex, Christendom-derived tonal harmonies, and Bel Canto- the ultimate White Art Form- dissuades savages from the Jungle?

    Au contraire! I love opera even more, now that I know it irks them. As a matter of fact, I keep the Dies Irae from the Verdi Requiem on my cd player in my car, and, when I have to come to a stop where some [c]rap music is blaring out of a car, I crank my CD up as loud as it will go, and you should see those darling residents of a netherworld, cringe and run away, as soon as the light turns green. Now, I only wish I had the Ride of the Valkyries to REALLy freak them out! LOLOLOL

  • Paleoconn

    Classical and country work just as well.