People should be banned from singing karaoke at home

By Hoang Van Doan   February 5, 2024 | 03:11 pm PT
People should be banned from singing karaoke at home
A woman sings karaoke at her home using a bluetooth speaker. Photo by VnExpress/Bao Lam
There is a rule against people making loud noise in residential areas after 10 p.m., but my children cannot wait until then to do their homework.

I was writing this at 10:48 p.m., when my neighbors were blasting karaoke sounds.

I would not complain if they were having some wedding fun that happens a couple times a year. I complain because they do this every week.

Other families in the neighborhood dare not to talk to them or call the police because the karaoke-singing family has some connections with gangsters.

Even if we could intervene, rules allow them to sing loudly until 10 p.m.

I just want my children to be able to focus on their homework. They cannot go to sleep after dinner at 6 p.m. and wake up at 11 p.m. to do their homework.

I believe we need to prioritize children’s study over useless noise. And so, I wonder, what is the benefit of allowing people to sing karaoke at home?

We all know the consequences: fighting and even death over arguments over karaoke noise. Meanwhile, the children who need to learn to develop society in the future are being sabotaged by noisy neighbors.

I hope we can soon have a rule that bans people from singing karaoke at home and establishes criteria for karaoke gathering points that meet noise and security standards.

I finished this after 11 p.m., when my neighbors were still clinking beer glasses and screaming into karaoke mics, and my children lost another night of studying in peace.

*Editor’s note: A government resolution stipulates fines of VND500,000-1 million (US$20.47-40.93) for those making excessive noise in public and residential areas between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

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