SF Safeway's classical music used to deter loitering turned off after disturbing nearby neighbors

A speaker in the parking lot of a SF Safeway was playing music since February, report says, but has since been turned off.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Neighbors complain about SF Safeway's loud music to deter loitering
Complaints are pouring in as residents in a San Francisco neighborhood are hearing classical music blaring throughout the night from a Safeway store.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Complaints were pouring in after residents in one San Francisco neighborhood were hearing classical music blaring throughout the night.

A speaker in the parking lot of the Safeway on Webster Street near Geary had been playing music since February, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

It's used to deter loitering.

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Over the weekend, the volume went up and stayed on overnight, but as of June 4, the music has stopped playing.

A Safeway spokesperson says playing music is a "common industry practice," but it's unclear why it's being played so loud.

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