I have never written in regarding any topic before but after days of consideration, the irking (or irked) voice in my head cannot be quieted any longer.
How dare the Hot Chocolate Sparrow put into place a device to create an uncomfortable sensation in the ears folks 12-25 years of age. Regardless of what the Sparrow family may feel, the very teens whom they are chasing away are current, and more importantly future, loyal customers. I moved here when I was twenty-five and WAS a frequent patron of the "Sparrow", as it was lovingly called by the teenagers who sent me there, insisting it was the best cuppa joe around. I wonder if the "device" had been in place at the time if I would have suffered the effects? The only complaints I have ever heard about the loitering are those of the owners themselves, who are not the only business in the area to where teens may wish to park and walk. I hope innocent young passers-by on the way to the pharmacy aren't subject to the "annoying" noise.
I will no longer be enjoying my weekly indulgences. I will not buy gifts from their store nor will I reccommend that others, my friends or my family spend another dime at such an establishment. I will not leave the sensitive canine ears of my best friend parked in that parking lot. In these times of intolerance I see this as just one more injustice. Perhaps the Sparrows should read the April 6th commentary of Dan Mccullough about the "magic" that today's college students create when they band together. Orleans should be a support center for teens and not just another place to find rejection.
Rather than scaring teens away, how about saving those dollars spent in hatred and investing in a skate park or recycling bins outside. If you are not a part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem.
Shame on you, Sparrow.