If United Kingdom business leaders and local community authorities are to be believed, then there is no greater threat to the country than gatherings of young people. They must be prevented from enjoying each others company by any means at any cost, lest they befoul surroundings with their bad skin, terrible dress sense and worse command of the English language.
Fortunately for buzz killing authorities, there are a number of effective British solutions to combat the teenage menace by means that are physical, psychological and technological. Today, we examine how regular folks above the age of twenty have managed to spare their communities from the blight of large groups of spotty-faced, poorly dressed and foul-mouthed louts.
1. Anti-teen Noise
The Sonic Teenager Deterrent emits bursts of ear-splittingly loud (80 dB) high frequency sound that is supposedly impossible for most adults over the age of 20 to hear. Described as sounding like “a demented insect or a very badly-played violin.” The idea is young ne’r-do-wells will not want to hang around outside of stores waiting for opportunities to shoplift when they are exposed to volumes of sound loud enough to damage their hearing.
Verdict: Epic failure! Unfortunately the technological solution to the teenage problem was the most overwhelming failure of the lot. While most people under the age of 20 are not able to hear the high pitched squeal of the Sonic Teenager Deterrent, some people can hear it well into their 30’s, so it not only deters penniless students, but also repels paying customers.
To further rub salt in the wound, teenagers have hijacked the high-pitched sound and turned it into a secret ringtone that can’t be heard by adults. Also, there were some concerns as to the legality of a system that could potentially damage hearing.
Can you hear the mosquito tone? Hit play on the video below to find out.