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Gallery Place Business Owners Say Teenagers are Hurting their Bottom Line

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By Cathy Carter

Business owners in the District's Gallery Place neighborhood say unruly teenagers are costing them customers. Now, they're fighting back with a high tech weapon.

It's called "the mosquito" and it's annoying, but not to everyone. This mosquito, is a device that emits a high pitched sound that only young ears can hear.

It was recently installed outside the Chinatown entrance to the Gallery Place Metro Station to discourage teens from congregating. Sebastian Zutant owns a restaurant in the neighborhood. He thinks the anti-loitering device is a good idea.

"Anything they can do. I mean it's just absurd. You know, I have an outdoor patio, they're constantly harassing all of my patrons, it's just a really icky situation, that anything they can do to get out of it would be fantastic."

Gallery Place was the site of a brawl last month that spilled into the Metro. Three teenagers were arrested. Zutant says these types of incidents are driving patrons away.

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