Okay, not exactly bandits, but I liked the alliteration. Turns out that Tacoma, Washington is installing loudspeakers at city bus stations in order to blast drug dealers and other petty criminals* with classical music. Now I actually think this is not only funny as can be but is also pretty interesting. Especially in light of the dreaded pinochle card game approach. Not only does Tacoma plan to play symphonies to the criminal element, but they also have started placing pinochle game tables in the “bad sections” of town. Personally, they’d have to pay me far more than any city can afford to sit in the street and play cards while I dodge bullets and watch drug deals go down. Maybe they should get a fleet of ice cream trucks and blast classical music throughout the shadier parts of town? If they bullet proof them and pay well, I’m sure someone would be willing to drive them around town. And maybe if these measures work, we’ll soon hear lovely symphonies streaming from bus stations in cities with “real” crime problems like Detroit and New York City. And Boston.
* I’ve just made the assumption that only petty criminals hang out at bus stations, huh? Well, I don’t like to insult criminals (much), but I really don’t think your average axe murderer is hopping on the bus. Don’t they need cars with trunks or creepy vans with the windows painted black? And I’ve not heard of any bank robbers who use public transportation as their getaway vehicle. Though I did hear of a guy who decked himself out in shrubbery, apparently he thought that if he was disguised as a tree no one would recognize him. Really, click the link, I’m not kidding.