Karaoke Wars and Helping the Homeless
It has come to our attention that an unintended side effect of the neighborhood karaoke wars is the participation of the homeless in the local “neighborhood watch”. Several people use “the speakers” AKA Karaoke machines as “their defense”. They think that being loud is their defense, the problem is that people can hear them and try to talk to them.
Redlands and Big Bear Lake California “Neighborhood watch” end up talking to each other AND the homeless at night. If you hear your stories spread around town in areas that have you never go to then it’s probably due to this effect. IF your church has given cell phones (!) or helped people to receive them in the free cell phone program for low income Californians this might be a source of your gossip problem. They are not security for your church they hurt your security. Despite everything they tell you the problem is that they like you and will talk about you outside in public. That is where they live and work! If you get them jobs associated with your businesses they will be IN your life. It’s OK but then YOU are responsible FOR them IF there is a daily relationship. This is why we have public services for them.
Story Number 1:
Arcadia Presbyterian Church had this happen several times where their fellowship hall got hot inside and the sound of the services was broadcast around the neighborhood unintentionally. This was a regular “side effect” when all the doors and windows were open. We ended up having door ushers (screeners) when the sanctuary doors were open so they could help people who traveled to the church hoping to get help. (*) The hot sanctuary was not a huge problem for the neighboring properties but it attracted people like a revival tent meeting. When the christian sounds were loud people walking down the street started walking towards the christian sounds they heard. Hoping to get help. (1)
Story Number 2:
About 15 years ago in this neighborhood several of the homeowners used to sit with each other at night and talk. We called it the lonely hearts club. The problem once again was it attracted a informal gathering of people, mostly homeowners. This went on for years and it was fine but as people aged they grew hard of hearing and started “talking on the phone” in conference calls or they bought sports radios and handed them to their friends and neighbors. Time passed and it got louder and louder as people hooked up the phones and sports radios to their stereos. One neighbor used her “cordless set up” for gardening to talk to her husband when they were both outside together. It’s usually hooked up to the central house system so they can hear each other and the TV or stereo is usually on.
What happened eventually was that they ended up talking to the homeless and several families had them move in with them or they became regular overnight neighborhood guests. They said they were neighbors and they probably were they just get tired drinking and using your megaphone or karaoke machine and sleep in your yards. [true story]
I am NOT talking about business radios used after work.
Hearing “official business gossip” is very scary and a different subject.
(*) We had a stock set of screening questions (a questionnaire) to ask new people. It’s to help people get the services they need quickly and it’s unintended side effect is added security.
(1) Why did the Arcadia Presbyterian Church take all these precautions back in the 1970’s–1990’s? I think it was to protect famous visitors. Having the head Satanist drop by probably brought in people. I don’t remember exactly. That was 40+ years ago. Thank you for your interest.
LOL CLICK BAIT ALERT Gee went to your church?
YESSSSSS,.. said the Serpentssss,…
Now they just drive by in their cars and talk about it 40 years later.