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Hmm, I sense a pattern…
Noisy restaurants aren’t anything new; I’ve written about this topic before, but sadly things don’t seem to be improving. I suppose restaurant owners could be raising the volume to increase customer turnover, but I really think that owners just don’t know any better.
I don’t think that Mr. Bauer is too far off when he wonders about possible lawsuits. I’ve measured sound levels in restaurants and bars and found very high sound levels - high enough that the employees should be using hearing protection. I suspect that a lawsuit or two might wake up restaurant operators.