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18 April 2018 @ 01:04 pm
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Why are restaurants so noisy? Even if I weren’t hearing disabled, I would favor a law banning recorded music in restaurants and stores.
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Tom Jacksonjacksontom on April 21st, 2018 10:58 am (UTC)
I wouldn't go that far, but in many places it is clearly much too loud, to the point where it's difficult to have a conversation with my wife.
Tom Jacksonjacksontom on April 21st, 2018 11:26 am (UTC)
A Vox magazine article says its largely the fault of New Yorkers:

https://www.vox.com/2018/4/18/17168504/restaurants-noise-levels-loud-decibels
Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on April 22nd, 2018 08:26 pm (UTC)
There's no need for such a law, since there is already a law, and a very comprehensive criteria as to how it is to be observed. Employees have the legal right to a safe work-space, and also to not be fired for whistle-blowing.

Customers have the legal right to take their money and leave if they don't like the venue, and also to tell the manager why they're leaving without ordering. There's no reason they can't complain to OSHA too, if they feel that strongly about it, but purveyors of non-essential luxury/recreational goods and services are usually pretty responsive to their customers' likes and dislikes.

I'm not sure State legislators have the legal right to tell private business owners they can't play music in their establishments. There is already a law saying how loud the environment can be before hearing protection is required for employees, and most restaurant managers would probably rather turn off the music than have all their kitchen and wait-staff wearing ear-plugs.

*shrugs* I'm hyperauditory; it's only in the past decade that age has dulled my hearing enough that I'm not assaulted by horrific loud machine-noise in frequencies most people can't even hear. I'd definitely favor a law banning restroom hot-air hand-dryers; those things scream like a demon-possessed jet engine inside a small echoing space.