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'Industrial' sounds blast homeless from S.F. auditorium steps

May 2, 2012 | 11:11 am

Frustrated, irritated and out of options, managers of San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium have resorted to blasting the sounds of chain saws, motorcycles and jackhammers overnight to rid the doorsteps of homeless who sleep there.

The deeply unpleasant chorus of sounds runs continually from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. through outdoor speakers, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The paper reported that at least one building employee initially mistook the sound of an aircraft carrier alarm for the actual building alarm.

"I'm just at a point where I don't know what else to do," said Another Planet Entertainment Vice President Mary Conde, whose company operates the auditorium.

Another Planet executives told the Chronicle that they have fielded a lot of complaints from patrons about the homeless. City officials told the newspaper that anywhere from 20 to 40 people a night have been lounging and sleeping in Civic Center Park.

So far, Conde called the iTunes “industrial” soundtrack a "tremendously effective" deterrent.


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