'Poop Patrol': San Francisco's Solution to Growing Amount of Feces on its Sidewalks
Fri, September 30, 2022

'Poop Patrol': San Francisco's Solution to Growing Amount of Feces on its Sidewalks


San Francisco, California, has been experiencing an unusual problem for several years now: feces. Open The Books, a non-profit watchdog organization, recently released a graph that shows the yearly progression of the city’s public defecation. The chart showed that there has been a steady and marked increase in reports complaining about poop on the streets in recent years. From only 5,547 reports in 2011, it has massively increased to 28,084 in 2018.


Photo Credit: Open The Books via All That's Interesting


In August 2018 alone, as many as 14,597 reports about poop were called into the city’s 311 hotline. This accounts for roughly 65 calls about poop every day. Aside from that, Open The Books released an interactive map that shows every public defecation report, presenting how the incidents were distributed across the city’s neighborhoods. San Francisco Mayor London Breed stated that the poop comes from homeless people living in the city. The city’s homeless population sits at about 7,500 today. Aside from that, some of the feces comes from irresponsible dog owners.


Photo Credit: Open The Books via All That's Interesting


San Francisco recently launched “poop patrol,” a specialized clean-up unit that aims to keep the city’s streets clean and prevent unwanted diseases from spreading. All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, reported that poop patrol is tasked to spot and clean up fecal matter found on the streets. They will be using facial masks and other protective gear and carry large spraying bottles of disinfectant to wash away any leftover poop from the sidewalks.


Photo Credit: All That's Interesting


However, this solution will not address San Francisco’s real problem. More and more people can’t afford to pay for a decent place to sleep in since the rent in the area is extremely high. The homeless population has grown so large that there is an insufficient number of shelters and public facilities to accommodate all of them. 



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