Did anyone ever think the words “Poop Patrol” would ever make the news?
Now it has, in one of the wealthiest cities in America.
San Francisco has such a problem with feces from homeless people polluting the streets, it is creating an official Poop Patrol to deal with it.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports a team of five Public Works staffers will begin patrolling areas known for defecation, and use a steam cleaner on the streets.
“We’re trying to be proactive,” Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru told the paper. “We’re actually out there looking for it.”
The city has received more than 14,500 calls since Jan. 1 about the foul problem, with Mayor London Breed expressing disgust over the matter.
“I’ve been talking to the Department of Public Works director on a regular basis, and I’m like, ‘What are we going to do about the poop?’” she told the paper.
“He and I talked about coming up with some different solutions,” she continued. “I just want the city to be clean, and I want to make sure we’re providing the resources so that it can be.”
The paper also spoke with Doniece Sandoval, founder of Lava Mae, which provides mobile shower stalls and toilets to homeless folks in San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles.
“We need our streets cleaned up, so I love that they’re doing the Poop Patrol,” Sandoval said.
“But there’s no doubt about the fact that we need more public bathrooms. Everywhere we can, we need to make them available. For our unhoused neighbors and everyone in the city, when you need to be able to find a facility, it shouldn’t be this massive challenge.”
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