Elderly and retired women in China who want to dance in parks and streets are facing a multitude of opposition, according to the Wall Street Journal on April 2, 2014. In fact, buckets of human waste were thrown at females in the coastal Chinese city of Wenzhou, and it was just because the women have taken to the streets and parks in order to get their exercise by dancing.
Residents impacted by the dancing grannies tell a different story, one in which their children can't study or do their homework because of the noise the dancing grannies make when they crank up their boom boxes. And when it is time to go to bed, the elderly dancers just don't seem to want to call it a night.
Throwing feces on the elderly just because they want to dance at a nearby park is unacceptable, of course. But so is allowing the aging population to take over residential communities and torment those who live there with noise pollution.
In the state of Georgia, there are noise ordinances to deal with such behavior. For example, in the city of Atlanta's Article IV Noise Control, Section 74-133 deals with excessive noise.
It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue or cause to be made or continued any loud or excessive noise which unreasonably interferes with the comfort, response, health and safety of others within the jurisdiction of the city," the city of Atlanta noise ordinance states.
Specific acts found to be in violation of that section include honking your horn for more than 60 seconds when there is not an emergency, and playing radios, televisions or musical instruments excessively (and at a volume so loud it will be heard by those outside your vehicle or home).
Interestingly, due to the dancers in China refusing to turn down the volume on their radios and mobile players when asked to by the local residents, the residents in the area installed large loudspeakers at their homes to play the following message repeatedly:
Please respect the noise pollution laws of the People's Republic of China and immediately cease illegal activities!"
In Atlanta fighting noise with noise would not be a possible solution to the problem, as the residents in China played that message over and over again and at a deafening volume. So they just made the situation worse. In Atlanta's city noise ordinance, the use or operation of any loudspeaker system operated from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. during weekdays (and from 10:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. on weekends or holidays) is strictly prohibited unless there is a pre-approved public performance or event going on. And even then you have to have a city permit for it.
As summertime nears, outdoor noise levels will increase as people go outside more at their homes and communities here and in China. So if you encounter noise levels that are unbearable in your residential community, don't fight noise with noise, just call the police. They will gladly tell the noisemakers to tune it down or face fines. And they don't have to tell them who called them to the scene, so you don't have to worry about repercussions from those who like to party too loudly or too late.
But you definitely don't want to end up so angry over the noise level that you do like a Beijing man in the Wall Street Journal's dancing grannies story. That man released three dogs and fired off a round from his shotgun to let his noisy neighbors know he had heard enough. And no one should be driven to that kind of violence just to get some peace and quiet.