The BBC reports that the residents of the Layton Burroughs Residents’ Association in Nottinghamshire have installed pink florescent lights in three different locations on the housing development in an effort to discourage teens from congregating. While the pink lights are very pretty and are supposed to have a calming influence, they also make pale skin look lighter, and dark skin look darker, with the overall effect of making acne look like it was drawn on with a giant, black magic marker.
So the teens have moved on to annoy people at the local movie theater instead.
As always, I think the most important lesson to be drawn here is to attack people in their weakest spot, rather than seek a reasonable discourse. It is much more sensible to shun disaffected, depression-prone adolescents than to give them somewhere to go. Make sure they know they’re not wanted!
Congratulations, Layton Burroughs Residents’ Association! I can only hope that someone is making your kids just as miserable! 🙂