In a news item reminiscent of the one in this older post, we are told today by the AP that “Mall wants to use Manilow music to drive out unruly teens.” The New Zealand officials are hoping that the music of Barry Manilow will help make the environment relatively “unhip” for the thuggish teens who have been hanging around the central mall district where they “regularly spread rubbish, spray graffiti, get intoxicated, use drugs, swear and intimidate patrons…”
Wow. Using Manilow to punish criminals and chase away hoodlums. Barry is turning into a regular crime-fighter.
(I note that the Bible does foretell in Isaiah 3:12 about a time when children will be our oppressors, though I haven’t found any mention of Mandy in prophecy. At least not yet…)
I hope it doesn’t backfire on them. You don’t want a bunch of unruly teenagers to turn all Copacabana on you.