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City confiscates property of man who won’t stop blasting ‘My Heart Will Go On’
Not everyone is a fan of vibrato.
Anyone who lived through 1997 has heard “My Heart Will Go On”—Celine Dion’s overwrought, Titanic-inspired pop anthem—enough for several lifetimes. The lone exception would be Gareth Davies, a romantically-inclined resident of Strood, England, who recently had his 3-D TV, laptop, speakers and a PlayStation 3 confiscated by the city because he wouldn’t stop playing the song at top volume, much to his neighbors’ fury.
A municipal body called the Medway Council was forced to step in after Davies, 47, “breached a noise abatement notice six times,” the BBC reported. “It only takes one complaint, as in this case, and we will act,” said Peter Hicks, a council member. “People have the right to lead a peaceful existence without it being ruined by loud music.”
Davies, also reportedly a fan of James Brown and the theme from Toy Story, likened the seizure of property to a “witch hunt.” He was able to keep his iPhone and MacBook, and will be allowed to reclaim the rest of his entertainment equipment in a month. As both of the former devices support music (objectively awful or not), it’s a safe bet that his heart will go on going on in the meantime. Never let go, dude.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'