Safeway annoys SF neighbors with loud classical new music. Here’s why

The classical audio was blasting from the Safeway parking lot when Carolina Gomez received property from get the job done at 6 p.m. Friday and however was blasting when she turned off her Tv set to go to mattress at 11:30 p.m. It was when the sound woke up her at 4 in the morning that Gomez at last experienced experienced sufficient classical for a person night. 

“In the middle of the evening it seemed louder because there is no other avenue noise,” Gomez, 31, said Monday. “It was various songs but all classical music, from the ‘Nutcracker’ to ‘Swan Lake.’ ”  

The songs is utilized as a deterrent to loitering in the Safeway retail store parking lot on Webster Street in the community south of Geary Boulevard. Its resource is a tower in the parking great deal made up of stability cameras and a lone speaker in the shape of a bullhorn. 

The shop closes at 11 p.m., but the music can go all evening without warning.  It’s been a parking good deal attribute because February, but for causes Safeway has declined to clarify, the volume was cranked up Friday. The music stayed large even just after Gomez named the retail store to complain on Saturday, and just after she called 311, the nonemergency city line. 

At that place, she took to Nextdoor’s feed for the West Lessen Pacific Heights region, which covers the 14-story constructing at 1489 Webster where Gomez life in a fourth-flooring condominium overlooking the parking great deal.

“My condominium window is experiencing the parking lot, and it was extremely disturbing to have this tunes the entire night time. Does any one know what can I do? or how can I report this? I just want the songs off, at the very least in the course of the night time!” her Nextdoor submit browse.

Nextdoor subscriber Maureen Shields understood what to do. She known as Safeway and persisted right up until she attained the supervisor and complained that the classical music was even now blasting on Sunday. She was informed that it was element of a protection agreement with an out-of-state seller. The manager  promised to get it turned down. At 8:30 a.m. Monday, it was still blaring.

The inbox of Tiffany Lee, a leasing agent for the condominium developing, was overloaded when she obtained in to function Monday. The issues commenced around 1 a.m. Saturday morning and kept coming.       

“The weekend was horrendous,” Lee explained to The Chronicle. “I come to feel so bad for the tenants.” 

Safeway makes no effort and hard work to disguise the motive guiding the new music.

“Since February, reside classical songs has been performed from the unit to discourage loitering,” claimed Safeway spokesperson Wendy Gutshall. “This is a popular sector apply. As an ongoing energy we keep track of the volume degree of the device and change in which essential.”  

As to why the volume was cranked up around the previous weekend, Gutshall did not respond. Nor did she demonstrate the option of classical new music, as opposed to, say, hefty steel or challenging rock. In Australia, some merchants blast Barry Manilow to prevent loitering.

Sam Dodge, director of avenue response coordination in the S.F. Office of Emergency Management, stated he had listened to classical songs being played to prevent loitering at the now-closed Burger King at Market and Grove streets and at other Safeway parking lots throughout the Bay Space.

“It is a instead prevalent apply. I never know why,” he stated. “I locate classical tunes comforting.” 

Helena Gershwin, who life in a unit experiencing the parking ton, explained the new music plays at random times. Men and women chat about it in the elevator and in the foyer and on team threads.