A 7-Eleven in Sacramento has installed speakers that emit a piercing noise to keep panhandlers away from the store.
The high pitch beeping is so loud is can be heard from across the street. Drivers and customers have complained about the noise and managers at the nearby Golden Coral restaurant say they’ve received several complaints.
“How can people work here and deal with that squeaking all the time? It would drive you nuts,” said 7-Eleven customer Richard Kellenberger.
It’s unclear if the device was installed by the franchisee or part of 7-Eleven’s corporate policy in dealing with panhandling.
7-Eleven Emits Piercing Sound to Prevent Panhandlers [Fox 40]