Virtually all grocery stores play “background” music and have frequent “clean up on aisle seven” announcements. I had a particularly egregious experience in June 2018 at a Food Lion store in Durham, North Carolina. When I entered the store, I was greeted with a talking machine at the entrance, boasting of store discounts. Twice there were piercingly loud buzzing sounds inside the store (which my friend on the phone could hear as well). There were frequent announcements on a loud public address system. When I was in the checkout line, a store employee started vacuuming. When I headed outside, I was greeted with several honking horns tied to a keyless entry system. The result of my trip to the Food Lion? A massive headache.
Food Lion brags of its “extra low prices.” Oftentimes, paying more for a quieter environment is well worth it.
Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet
PO Box 2754
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27515