In May, the ABC affiliate in San Francisco reported that a Burger King restaurant was playing classical music recordings outside the front doorway to drive away homeless people who loitered nearby.
Although the tactic may have been a first for that location, it has a history.
This morning I picked up one of the unread magazines in my apartment, and found something on the topic of “music as manipulation” in the July 4, 2016 New Yorker. Alex Ross has written a well-researched article which credits sources for further reading. A link to his article, as well as a link to the Burger King story, appear below.