Noisy restaurants boo! Restaurants, posted by Restaurant customer, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on May 23, 2009 at 8:17 pm
It's gotten so bad that I hesitate to go someplace I haven't been before. Recently I've had dinner at several places where we couldn't hear one another. Maybe people need a lot of noise to convince themselves they are having a good time. Are there any restaurants left where the noise level isn't so intrusive?
Posted by Headache, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on May 24, 2009 at 7:00 am
I am convinced that folks are going deaf from constant loud music everywhere. It is getting to the point where I will tell the manager of a store or restaurant that I won't be able to stay if the music isn't lowered because I can't hear what people are telling me, I can't think, and background music is supposed to be BACKGROUND.
I am not talking about places like bars and dance clubs, even happy hours in restaurants, where the goal is more of a "party" time.
I have told Safeway managers, Target managers, restaurant managers, ..just the other day I told the Verizon Service Rep, after 3 times of asking him to turn down the music so I could understand him better, that I was leaving and going to Wal-Mart pay service phones if he didn't turn down the blaring music so I could do business with him. He turned it down, finally.
I used to wonder if I was simply going deaf myself, or losing a pitch of my hearing, but then I have spoken to so many people who are even in their 30s and 40s who say that that they are bothered by the same thing, ..and I can still wake up at the slightest sound...that I realized that no, it isn't me, it is indeed our culture.
The only way to fight this is for everyone to ask that the music be turned down. Not off, just down, to a BACKGROUND level. This will lower the overall level of noise in any store or restaurant we are in, since we are fighting to be heard over the too loud music.
Be kind, though. So many of the folks trying to help you are used to lip reading now and don't hear the problem you are talking about..they grew up with earphones in their ears and loud music everywhere.
Posted by Pat Markevitch, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on May 25, 2009 at 9:36 am
Headache: I don't know what Target you shop at but the one in Mountain View on Showers Drive doesn't play any music at all. It's the whole reason I shop there. Sometimes it's so quiet it's like being in a library.
Posted by bru, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on May 25, 2009 at 12:09 pm bru is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
I rarely go to bars, maybe once in a year or two. I cannot believe the situation when I went out for a beer to a bar with some old friends recently. There is loud music playing, and everyone is shouting loudly at each other. You cannot hear anything, and it bewilders the heck out of me as to why people put up with this. I had to yell so loud to talk to be heard I woke up the next day with a sore throat and could barely talk. There is no place to escape this either.
I had the idea to open up a bar with no music, but it is probably just me that is out of touch with the reality that everyone loves noise and it would probsbly go out of business immediately. ;-)