She Played Loud Music on A Speaker Whilst Hiking and Some Elderly Hikers Continuously Complained About It – Was She in The Wrong to Refuse to Stop?

A young woman embarked on a solo hiking trip, seeking tranquility and adventure amidst nature’s beauty. However, she would soon realize that the tranquility she was seeking would be ruined for others by her own actions 

Hiking Solo

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The woman was hiking solo and had not seen any other hikers. Considering there was nobody around, she took the liberty of playing some music on a speaker.

Her Loud Music

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For almost an hour, the woman strolled the trail, immersed in her music. The tunes playing from her device were, admittedly, a tad loud, but she was thoroughly enjoying her personal hiking soundtrack.

No Longer Alone

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As she continued her hike, the woman came across a group of fellow hikers catching up and conversing on the same path. However, she had not seen these people coming for some time, which resulted in an altercation. 

A Request for Quiet

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A man who was in the group of hikers approached the woman with a request. “He asked me to put on headphones (which I didn’t have) so I just turned it off”, the woman wrote.

A Low-Volume Compromise

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However, the woman missed her hiking soundtrack and wanted to continue relishing the melodies while still being considerate of her fellow hikers. “I waited for them to get ahead of me a little bit”, she explained. “Then I started playing it again, but at a very low volume.”

A Persistent Hiker

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However, the same man who had initially requested her silence decided to circle back and confront her once again. He began recording her, an unexpected intrusion into her peaceful hike. 

A Rule and a Debate

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Approaching her once again, the man mentioned that there were signs along the trail indicating a prohibition on music. She asked if he had a picture of the sign or if they were about to pass one. He responded that they had already passed the last sign bearing that particular rule.

Arguing Back

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The woman found the timing of this revelation rather convenient for the man. She countered the man’s argument by asking who she was disturbing since there was no one else around. He responded, “Nature, the animals, and people passing by.”

An Unexpected Recording

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Throughout this exchange, the man continued to record her, a fact that left her understandably frustrated. She insisted that when she encountered other hikers, she would promptly turn off her music. She also pointed out that she had seen numerous hikers on the trail playing music without objections from anyone.

A Surprising Accusation

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Frustration grew, as the young woman couldn’t understand why the man and his group were making such a fuss. She expressed her irritation, stating that she had already turned off her music as he had requested. The man retorted with an unexpected accusation, saying, “You Americans never respect anything.”

A Conundrum 

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The altercations had spoiled the atmosphere of the woman’s hike. She felt that the elderly people were acting unreasonably, treating her differently because she was a young American. When she came across a sign stating, “No Loud Music”, her stance was strengthened, as she was now playing music quietly and the sign said nothing about a complete music ban. 

Asking the Internet

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After her hiking trip, the woman headed online to share her story, asking internet strangers whether they too felt she was in the wrong. To her dismay, everyone defended the elderly hikers. “On a hiking trail of all places is one of the most obnoxious places outside of a public bus to listen to music”, one person accused. 

The Trail is Irrelevant 

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Everyone commenting agreed that playing music in public was obnoxious. “You’re in the wrong, and you would be wrong regardless of the public space you were visiting”, another reader wrote.

Bring Headphones

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Many people agreed that listening to music whilst hiking was fun but playing it through a speaker was inconsiderate. “There is absolutely no reason you could not have brought headphones with you if you wanted to play music”, someone explained. “It’s not that hard to pack them, it was an intentional choice not to, and then to play music without them.”

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