Am I the only one that finds this utterly hilarious?
The sound was coming from a wall-mounted box, but not everyone can hear it. The device, called the Mosquito, is audible only to teens and young adults and was installed outside the building to drive away loiterers.
The gadget made its debut in the United States last year after infuriating civil liberties groups when it was first sold overseas. Already, almost 1,000 units have been sold in the U.S. and Canada, according to Daniel Santell, the North America importer of the device under the company name Kids Be Gone.
Ye gods, when I recall how the majority of my teen-aged weekends were spent…hanging around local businesses with my friends, buying nothing, crowding up parking lots and entryways…I’d cheerfully smack my younger self. Yes, we didn’t have much money. Yes, we wanted to escape from parental supervision for a while. No, there were no places (other than churches) that had any sort of provision for teen-aged entertainment. None of this precludes the fact that a business owner has the right to protect their business/customers as they see fit.
Civil liberties groups in England, Australia and Scotland have expressed outrage over the device, and England’s government-appointed Children’s Commission proposed a ban. They describe it as a weapon that infringes on the basic rights of young people, and claim it could even have unknown long-term health effects.
Pardon? The “basic rights of young people”? And just what would those rights be? To impede the normal flow of commerce by yoinking around at the local mall or fast food joint? I think not. In this country, for now at least (and despite evidence to the contrary), business owners have the right to refuse custom to whom they will. Piss-irritating teenagers included.