West Palm Beach using 'Baby Shark' song to drive homeless from park

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West Palm Beach officials are playing"Baby Shark to drive out the homeless. Pink Fong

The Palm Beach Post revealed other examples: "A biblical example: Joshua's Israelites trumpeted rams" horns to terrify the people of Jericho.

West Palm Beach doesn't want the homeless loitering or sleeping in its waterfront Lake Pavilion, so it's using an unusual tactic to keep that from happening: music.

The loop doesn't only play "Baby Shark, but "Raining Tacos", another popular kid's song, as well".

West Palm Beach's audio warfare strategy is part of an effort to protect the city's Lake Pavilion, an event space with several glass walls and a large patio.

And just in case those doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doos are enough to lull someone to sleep, West Palm Beach is mixing in lyrics from Raining Tacos, another contagious tune with slightly more complicated lyrics.

The paper reports that "The city expects to rake in $240,000 from such events this fiscal year and wants customers to have a positive experience".

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The infamous "Baby Shark" song usually brings great joy, but it can also be used for evil. The songs are supposed to be a temporary fix while the city plans to formalize hours for the facility, which will help make trespassing laws enforceable. "They shouldn't have to trip over bodies when they or community events staffers come to set up at 5 a.m., or when caterers or a bride leave at midnight".

"People are paying a lot of money to use the facility", Rockwell said. "Thousands of dollars", Rockwell told The Palm Beach Post.

"Music is also played overnight on a loop by our pavilion to discourage congregating and, if appropriate, to encourage people to seek safer, more appropriate shelter through the many resources that are available", the statement read.

By choosing the songs "Baby Shark" and "Raining Tacos", it seems officials learned from the mistake of another municipality.

Illaya Champion, one homeless man, said that it's "wrong" to use music as a deterrent for the homeless - but insisted that the trick won't work on him.

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