foul odor permeated from a massive bag of human excrement sludge left on
a street corner in San Francisco's Tenderloin district Saturday.
horrendous smell and sight quickly gained notoriety when a Reddit
user posted a screen shot of a report made to
San Francisco's Citizen app for identifying crimes.
pounds of feces dumped onto sidewalk," the report called out.
Alfaro, a spokesperson for 311, says three reports of the human waste at
the corner of Cedar and Polk were made to the city's customer service
number and app on Saturday.
customers did report a large amount of waste," Alfaro says. "It was sent
to Public Works."
says while reports of human waste are common, this large of an amount is
"has no idea" why the bag was left in the neighborhood.
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Reddit user posted an
image of the bag of poop on Saturday evening and said it was still there
"as of 8 p.m."
was the most atrocious smell I've ever smelled in San
Francisco," user tusi2 said.
user said the waste was still on the corner at 10 p.m. but by Sunday
morning it was gone.
wouldn't say this typical," said tusi2, who has lived in the Tenderloin
for two years. "I can't say I've seen anything like that. I've seen
open feces, smeared feces. I commend whoever put it in a bag. It could
have been much worse."
Gordon, a spokesperson for San Francisco's Department of Public Works,
confirms the mess was cleaned up Saturday night and she says a DNA
sample wasn't taken to confirm whether it was human feces or waste from
don't know the source," Gordon says. "It could be people. It could be
dogs. It could have been feces picked up from street. It could have been
from someone's house. I'm glad it was in one place and in a bag."
about human waste around San Francisco increased by 400 percent from
2008 to 2018, according to 311. There were more than 21,000 reports made
to 311 in 2017 alone. (Note: Some of the increase is likely due to more
people using 311 when it became accessible through an app in 2013.)
waste is largely linked to the thousands of people living in the city
without housing and without access to public restrooms.
City of San Francisco has added 18 staffed public restrooms known as pit
stops since 2014 and there are plans to add five more. "We average about
1 flush every 10 minutes, collectively from those," says Rachel Gordon,
a spokesperson for San Francisco's Department of Public Works.