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Australian McDonald's Music Selection Change Lures Away Unwanted Teenage Crowds

Nov 22, 2013 10:42 AM EST | By Justin Stock
McDonald's, Mount Annan, Sydney Australia

A McDonald's in Mount Annan, Sydney Austrailia has been forcing teenagers off of its premises with classical music late at night after The Telegraph reported Friday.

The strategy has been working in attempt to prevent the adolescents from congregating in the area.

"We've noticed a reduction in the number of young people hanging around, but we'll have to reassess it properly in a couple of weeks," the store's operations manager, Matthew Watson, told The Macarthur Chronicle. "We play a range of classical and opera music and so far it seems to be working."

The news is the latest development since a business in Macarthur Square in Campbelltown, New South Wales implemented the change in March 2009 The Daily Telegraph reported.

This was done with the venue played songs from. singer-songwriter and producer Barry Manilow on Thursday's. The Camden Council also conversed about the issue.

People took to The Chronicle's Facebook page expressing mixed reactions.

"They turn it up really loud when youth are hanging around the car park," Janeen Brady said in a post on The Chronicle's Facebook page. "It woke me up at 1 a.m. Tuesday night and it's only going to get worse as Xmas approaches."

"I work nights nearby and it has made a massive difference already to the lingering and loitering in the carpark," Sara Carrick said in her post.

"I may just stay longer," Erin Cox posted. "I have no issue with classical music it's quite nice."

"It's a shame that classical music supposedly has this impact on people," user Stef Awns said.

The change in musical taste is a small portion of adjustments McDonald's is making from its drive-thru pick-up windows, to its dollar menus, and McRib sandwiches.

The fast-food restaurant chain has more than 30,000 restaurants throughout the globe according to information on the United Kingdom version of the company's website.

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