Busker divides fans following “angry-looking” man’s noise complaint

A busker recently shared her reaction to an “angry-looking man” who asked her to turn her music down, however, people have been left divided on how the situation unfolded

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A busker recently had to deal with an irate member of the public who informed her that her music was “far too loud”, arguing that the volume was causing “real pain” to others.

Given that she remained calm during what could well have been a heated exchange, a number of singer Charli Mason’s fans have applauded her for showing “so much grace and elegance”.

However, others have had sympathy for the “angry-looking man”, heard speaking off-camera, noting that it must be difficult for those with certain hearing difficulties to walk by loud buskers.

Charli, a British artist with more than 15.6k TikTok followers, says she knew “exactly” what the man was going to say when he approached her during a performance, walking straight into her tripod.

In a video that has clocked up more than 4.6 million views, Charli could be seen smiling politely as the man asked her if she was “aware of the absolute volume for buskers?”







The man told Charli that he could hear her from more than 100 feet away
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Charli’s fans have been left divided about how the situation went down
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When she replied that she did not, he proceeded to lecture her about how “after 100 feet, you shouldn’t be able to hear you, according to the council”.

He said: “I could hear you right up the high street there. Some people have hearing problems, it’s really painful, it’s far too loud”.

Charli – who goes by the username @ccharlimason – told him that the council had already been there that day, and didn’t have any problem with her music, but this didn’t placate the man.

Doubling down on the issue, he continued: “They may not do, but I’m just telling you that there are people who’ve had to cover their ears, it was so painful.”

He went on to tell Charli to look up hyperacusis, a hearing condition where ordinary sounds may sound far louder than they should do, telling her “you’re causing some real pain”.







The man told Charli that her music was “causing some real pain”
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Charli believes he could have just asked her to politely turn her music down
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Maintaining her composure, Charli asked: “So is this you politely asking me to turn down, because that’s fine?”

The unseen man then thanked her, and the conversation appeared to reach an amicable enough conclusion.

Sharing the vid with her fans, Charli wrote: “If you ever need a busker to turn down, just ask”, adding a little love heart emoji.

One fan praised: “Well done for being so brave and handling that so well!”

Another wrote: “You handled that so well, I would have just started singing and pretended I couldn’t hear him”.

However, others could see the man’s side, with a third person sympathising: “Hyperacusis is becoming more common and when people do have it it does cause severe pain, so if that man has it I can see his point!”

A fourth said: “To be fair to him he wasn’t hostile or abusive, he was just trying to share his perspective”.

In response to such comments, Charli explained that while she is “always happy to oblige if I’m disturbing someone, this just isn’t the right way to approach it”, stating that he could have just “politely asked me to turn down”.

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