You may have heard about the infamous “mosquito” tone that is annoying to teenagers but often goes completely unheard by adults due to a phenomenon called “aging ear.”
Now a distributor called “Kid Be Gone” is importing a device from the UK that plays the mosquito tone and can be installed wherever teens roam free.
From the Kid Be Gone website:
“The Mosquito ultrasonic teenage deterrent is the solution to the eternal problem of unwanted gatherings of youths and teenagers in shopping malls and around shops. The presence of these teenagers discourages genuine shoppers and customers’ from coming to your shop, affecting your turnover and profits.”
“Acclaimed by the Police forces of many areas of the United Kingdom, the Mosquito ultrasonic teenage deterrent has been described as “the most effective tool in our fight against anti social behavior”. Shop keepers around the world have purchased the device to move along unwanted gatherings of teenagers and anti social youths. Railway companies have placed the device to discourage youths from spraying graffiti on their trains and the walls of stations.”
Okay, let me get this straight – teenagers hanging out in shopping malls and spending all of their disposable income is a bad thing for store owners?
I can hear the mosquito tone and I’m 28. The fact that I can still hear it well beyond the cutoff age of 20 is not uncommon – so this device would not only discriminate against teenagers, but also against a large population of adults.
Can you hear the mosquito tone? Click here to find out.