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Store Owner Uses Pavarotti To Try To Scare Away Teen Loiterers

April 25, 1991

CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) _ Joe Chilcoat has been trying to keep teen-agers from hanging out in front of his convenience store by endlessly blasting Luciano Pavarotti’s rendition of ″O Sole Mio″ at them.

Trouble is, Chilcoat hates the music. ″Isn’t that torture?″ he said.

And the kids like it - or claim to.

″Quite beautiful,″ one teen said of the music.

″Killer,″ said another, meaning ″good.″

Chilcoat said the teens never have caused real trouble. Still, some customers are afraid to enter his 7-Eleven with the crowd by the door.

The 7-Eleven is easy to stand in front of, even with Pavarotti for company, said Catonsville High School junior Andrew Eitel. Part of the appeal, he said, lies in ticking off Chilcoat.

″It’s sort of like a rebellion,″ Eitel said. ″We’re sort of like disobeying.″

Chilcoat said that if Pavarotti doesn’t succeed, he may load his cassette player with heavier ammunition: accordion music.

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