A city in the US is blasting 'Baby Shark' overnight to keep homeless people from sleeping in parks
- West Palm Beach, Florida, is playing children's songs, including "Baby Shark" and "Raining Tacos," at Waterfront Lake Pavilion overnight to keep homeless people from sleeping outside of it.
- City spokeswoman Kathleen Walter told CNN that the music is used to discourage "congregating at the building" and "encourage people to seek safer, more appropriate shelter".
- This isn't the first time West Palm Beach has used music as a policing tactic - in 2001, police blasted classical music from an abandoned building to deter drug dealers
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A city in Florida is blasting "Baby Shark" and other children's songs from loud speakers in hopes of keeping homeless people from sleeping overnight in public parks.
West Palm Beach, Florida, is playing children's songs, including "Baby Shark" and "Raining Tacos," at Waterfront Lake Pavilion overnight, city spokeswoman Kathleen Walter told CNN in a statement.
Walter said the music is used to discourage "congregating at the building" and "encourage people to seek safer, more appropriate shelter".
"The music volume complies with City code, and is a temporary measure, as we are exploring the possibility of having set hours for the Great Lawn and Pavilion," Walter told CNN.
A city spokesperson told CBS News that the music is a "temporary measure".
Leah Rockwell, the city's parks and recreation director, told the Palm Beach Post that the pavilion is a massive event space.
Rockwell told the Post that visitors shouldn't have to step over sleeping people while attending events at the pavilion.
"People are paying a lot of money to use the facility," she says. "Thousands of dollars. We want to make sure people paying this money had a facility that was clean and open and continue to use it in the future."
Megan Hustings, interim director of the National Coalition for the Homeless told CNN that the move "shows a lack of concern for our community members who are struggling through a very tough time".
"Responding with this kind of discrimination and disgust instead of compassion is ... really immoral. It's disturbing," Hustings added. "We're all humans, and we need to sleep."
This isn't the first time West Palm Beach has used music as a policing tactic - in 2001, police blasted classical music from an abandoned building to deter drug dealers, according to the Post.
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