Bill Graham Blasts Annoying Sounds to Roust Homeless

Bill Graham center rousts homeless with "industrial" sounds.

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    In an effort to prevent the homeless from camping out, the Bill Graham Civic Center is blasting industrial music from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. to keep people from sleeping outside its doors.

    The venue known for presenting some of the best music acts in the world is putting out some really bad tunes, if you want to even call them that.

     Management at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco has started blasting annoying sounds through speakers inside the lobby in an attempt to keep the homeless from sleeping out front.

     And it appears to be working. 

    The auditorium's sidewalk was empty Thursday morning.

    One can only take so much beeping, blaring and screeching.

     From 11 p.m. until 7 a.m., the loudspeakers pump out a loop of mostly awful sounds: alarms, loud machinery, and, perhaps as a sign of generosity --birds chirping.

    Managers from Another Planet Entertainment, which operates the auditorium, told the San Francisco Chronicle that they have become so frustrated with the homeless problem on the property that they didn't know what else to do, other than to use "industrial" sounds off iTunes. There have been lots of complaint about homeless people, the managers told the newspaper, hanging around near the nearby Davies Symphony Hall and War Memorial Opera House, as well.

    For his part, Josh Vasquez didn't realize the get-out-of-here sounds were aimed at people like him.  He thought the building had a broken burglar alarm.

     "It's just another noise," he said."  When are they going to fix it?"