The Tenderloin section of San Francisco is not a nice neighborhood. It is described by the San Francisco Chronicle as a place with “drug dealers, addicts, prostitutes and mentally unstable street people,” however, “if you can get past that, you’ll find it is also one of the city’s most exciting and diverse locales.” You’ll also find a lot of people relieving themselves on the streets.
The problem of San Franciscans voiding both their bladders and bowels on the streets of the Tenderloin has reached critical mass. The neighborhood, according to locals, smells like a toilet.
In an attempt to alleviate the problem, city government has employed portable toilets on trailers, but only during certain daylight hours, Tuesday through Friday. The port-a-potties come complete with needle disposal stations and pet waste bags.
The only problem is humans have bodies that function throughout the day, all seven days of the week, not just four of them, from 2 p.m. till 9 p.m.
Why the short hours? Because the facilities need to be attended by city employees to prevent people who view using public streets as toilets from engaging in the other activities they are more likely than the gainfully employed and recently showered from engaging in.
San Francisco prides itself on its tolerance, but the smell of human waste, and the prospect of stepping in it, is a bridge too far for many residents.
KRON Channel 4 has this disturbing report.