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How are these things even legal? 95-100 dB noise levels. Like standing next to a jet. They are painful, and I say this as someone who spent years playing in a band on stage next to stacks of amps, working construction, and grew up shooting guns thinking ear plugs were for wusses [1].

There’s one place I frequent that’s particularly bad, to the point I consider earplugs to take a piss.

At least they’re washing their hands, I suppose.

For us smart eco- and scientific-types, paper towels FTW!

[1] Ear protection. And eye protection, kids. You won’t regret it. Also sunscreen.