Barry Manilow Music to Deter Mall Rats

Forget the teenage audio repellent we posted about on Neatorama before. A mall in New Zealand will use Barry Manilow songs instead to get rid of its pesky mall rats:

"The intention is to change the environment in a positive way ... so nobody feels threatened or intimidated," Central City Business Association manager Paul Lonsdale told The Associated Press. "I did not say Barry Manilow is a weapon of mass destruction." [...]

The city council, police and local property owners covering 410 businesses agree that "nice, easy listening" music like Manilow's "Can't Smile Without You," "Mandy" and other hits might change the behavior of loitering teens.

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I was embarrassed to admit that I love the song "Read 'Em and Weep" until I learned that it was actually written by Jim Steinman, better known for the music he wrote for Meat Loaf, so it makes sense.
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The juxtaposition of Manilow right after a string of photos of feral children brings up some intriguing mental images... and would explain a lot about Barry. ;-)
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My teens have a certain affection for Manilow, so I dont know how much this will work.

And besides, these teens have money, I understand they don't like the loitering, but they're dumb to not encourage the youth to spend their money there. I wouldn't take my teens to a place that doesn't want them there, we'll go spend our dollars somewhere else.
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