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Thread started 08/02/12 12:28pm

sexton

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San Francisco transit escalators shut down after being used as toilets

Escalators in San Francisco’s BART transit system shut down after being treated as toilets

Homeless people are leaving feces and urine on the moving stairs that are supposed to ferry passengers to the Bay Area Rapid Transit stations and leaving them inoperable, a problem so bad it's shutting down some escalators and requiring the need for a haz-mat unit.

BY ERIK ORTIZ / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012, 9:19 AM

Escalators are getting clogged in San Francisco’s transit system — and it’s something to hold your nose at.

People are actually treating the moving stairs as a toilet, leaving Bay Area Rapid Transit workers to discover so much human excrement at one broken Civic Center Station escalator last month that a haz-mat unit was summoned, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday.

Combatting human waste is one that BART officials and police recognize as more than a potty problem.

“Nobody wants to be walking in urine and feces, I know that, (but) if we don’t see it, or the person doesn’t admit to it, they can just say it was someone else,” BART police spokeswoman Officer Era Jenkins told The Chronicle. “Certain crimes you don’t see, you can’t enforce.”

Station surveillance cameras aren’t typically observed when the stations shut down for the night, she added.

Station stairwells become nighttime refuges for the homeless, who are likely relieving themselves when no one’s around.

But there’s a larger issue of homelessness that can be difficult to address — especially for a transit agency, the Chronicle said.

“As much as we like to have an oasis from the rest of the world, we don’t look at (these issues) in isolation, we look at (them) as part of a puzzle,” BART spokesman Jim Allison told the newspaper.

There were five escalators shutdown in the city’s downtown train system this week. While it’s unclear the exact causes, the late-night mucking up of the machinery is linked to a lack of public restrooms in the area, officials said.

Until something can be done, the system’s 105 million users will have to deal with the breakdowns.

Last month, BART officials said 28 of its 179 escalators were out of service — a record, ABC affiliate KGO-TV reported.

Officials are spending about $200,000 to rehab them, the station said.

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I've never thought of using an escalator as a toilet. hmmm

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Reply #1 posted 08/02/12 12:42pm

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Coit tower in SF has this amazing public toilet that completely cleans itself after each use...which is a huge pain because it takes forever if there are 3 people waiting.

But the point is, we really need more public toilets in the city, and self-cleaning ones is a nice idea!

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Reply #2 posted 08/02/12 1:14pm

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To think when I was there last year taking the BART, I was walking all over people's toilets. My tour guide, Heartbeatocean never told me.

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Reply #3 posted 08/02/12 1:24pm

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NDRU said:

Coit tower in SF has this amazing public toilet that completely cleans itself after each use...which is a huge pain because it takes forever if there are 3 people waiting.

But the point is, we really need more public toilets in the city, and self-cleaning ones is a nice idea!

Those are cool-!

NYC had a plan to install a bunch of these around the city, but I think the project died after too many logistical issues.

shrug

Which is a shame considering it's practically IMPOSSIBLE to find a public bathroom in NYC.

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Reply #4 posted 08/02/12 2:06pm

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PurpleJedi said:

it's practically IMPOSSIBLE to find a public bathroom in NYC.

Yes, what do they expect people to do?

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Reply #5 posted 08/02/12 2:41pm

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NDRU said:

PurpleJedi said:

it's practically IMPOSSIBLE to find a public bathroom in NYC.

Yes, what do they expect people to do?

disbelief

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Reply #6 posted 08/02/12 2:48pm

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Kinda hot.

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Reply #7 posted 08/02/12 3:40pm

XxAxX

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sad

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Reply #8 posted 08/02/12 3:46pm

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XxAxX said:

sad

Well, you know, personal accountability and all that. Fuck charity and the care for our fellow wowan/man. As long as I'm okay...

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Reply #9 posted 08/02/12 3:47pm

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Cloudbuster said:

XxAxX said:

sad

Well, you know, personal accountability and all that. Fuck charity and the care for our fellow wowan/man. As long as I'm okay...

oh hey not you dear boff i just mean we should do a better job of helping folks who have no home. i used to live in oakland, i thought there were more/better public facilities at bus and train stations

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Reply #10 posted 08/02/12 3:51pm

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XxAxX said:

Cloudbuster said:

Well, you know, personal accountability and all that. Fuck charity and the care for our fellow wowan/man. As long as I'm okay...

oh hey not you dear boff i just mean we should do a better job of helping folks who have no home. i used to live in oakland, i thought there were more/better public facilities at bus and train stations

Millions without a job or a place to call home...

It's getting better everyday. Or so the capitalists will have us believe.

I need to close my eyes. smile

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Reply #11 posted 08/02/12 3:52pm

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This never happens in Houston.

I think San Francisco is VERY cool, but perhaps their escalator toilets was the factor keeping them from being named Coolest City in America.

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Reply #12 posted 08/02/12 3:57pm

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Cloudbuster said:

XxAxX said:

oh hey not you dear boff i just mean we should do a better job of helping folks who have no home. i used to live in oakland, i thought there were more/better public facilities at bus and train stations

Millions without a job or a place to call home...

It's getting better everyday. Or so the capitalists will have us believe.

I need to close my eyes. smile

Is it gettig worse by you?

I can tell you that in my neck of the woods, there is so much work happening - construction projects & such - that the recession is almost an afterthought. Personally, I have been FLOODED with requests for proposals and contracts...so much so that until I get an assistant, I am actually turning clients AWAY.

I drove up & down I-95 last week and there are roadwork projects EVERYWHERE. I mean EVERYWHERE.

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Reply #13 posted 08/02/12 3:59pm

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PurpleJedi said:

Is it gettig worse by you?

Yes, it's all my fault. nod

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Reply #14 posted 08/02/12 4:01pm

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PurpleJedi said:

Cloudbuster said:

Millions without a job or a place to call home...

It's getting better everyday. Or so the capitalists will have us believe.

I need to close my eyes. smile

Is it gettig worse by you?

I can tell you that in my neck of the woods, there is so much work happening - construction projects & such - that the recession is almost an afterthought. Personally, I have been FLOODED with requests for proposals and contracts...so much so that until I get an assistant, I am actually turning clients AWAY.

I drove up & down I-95 last week and there are roadwork projects EVERYWHERE. I mean EVERYWHERE.

nod

sarcasm alert :whofarted?

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Reply #15 posted 08/02/12 5:21pm

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Sounds like folks are trying to make a statement. Give us bathrooms, now.

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Reply #16 posted 08/02/12 6:10pm

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the thing is

this has to be like some particular group of folks

that just decided to start doin this. THAT or the quality

of homeless in s.f. has really gone down in the last couple of years.

BUT, i have seen a mad decline take place there in the past. like back in the 90s

when they went to crack smokin in every doorway...

eighther way it's NASTY!!!

and a couple of gross fucks still manage

to fuck shit up for thousands eek

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Reply #17 posted 08/02/12 6:13pm

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morningsong said:

Sounds like folks are trying to make a statement. Give us bathrooms, now.

that could be true too,

they do make restrooms un-available to most of the public

that don't happen to be spendin money (and some who do)

so this could very well be the reaction to that. BUT

i wouldn't be surprised if a few of the sick fucks doin it

aren't even homeless lol

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Reply #18 posted 08/02/12 6:27pm

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Ain't that some shit lol

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Reply #19 posted 08/02/12 6:57pm

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As a Bay Area resident I've had the displeasure and disgust of seeing a homeless guy cutting logs near the Civic/ UN center, thankfully it was not on the Bart escalators but gross nonetheless. As for those bathroom stalls nearby that NDRU showed, the ones in that surrounding area are closed because they were BJ or heron havens since they gave you at least twenty minutes to do your doo when you could use them. Solutions, I have none and the shelters in the area are always at capacity, they're up shit creek with no paddle.

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Reply #20 posted 08/02/12 7:03pm

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girls can do this

boys already have one.....

unless its number two, then, well....

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Reply #21 posted 08/02/12 7:49pm

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Reply #22 posted 08/02/12 10:07pm

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Cloudbuster said:

PurpleJedi said:

Is it gettig worse by you?

Yes, it's all my fault. nod

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Reply #23 posted 08/02/12 10:08pm

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nursev said:

Ain't that some shit lol

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Reply #24 posted 08/02/12 10:35pm

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Sad situation. I know people that have been homeless in The City for 20 years or more.

A lot of the homeless used to sleep and use the restrooms at the Transbay Terminal but since it's now closed, its probably much more difficult to find restrooms. Also a big chunk of the homeless in San Francisco have severe drug, alcohol or mental problems and as a result, their minds are jacked up. Some of them don't really give a crap, where they crap. San Francisco has always been a homeless mecca and i don't think that will ever change.

Anyways this woman was on the news a couple months ago.

Her name is Ling Ling.

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Reply #25 posted 08/02/12 11:42pm

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UncleGrandpa said:

As a Bay Area resident I've had the displeasure and disgust of seeing a homeless guy cutting logs near the Civic/ UN center, thankfully it was not on the Bart escalators but gross nonetheless. As for those bathroom stalls nearby that NDRU showed, the ones in that surrounding area are closed because they were BJ or heron havens since they gave you at least twenty minutes to do your doo when you could use them. Solutions, I have none and the shelters in the area are always at capacity, they're up shit creek with no paddle.

Not only were drug addicts shooting up in those fancy french self-cleaning toilets, but hookers were turning tricks in them, too... razz

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Reply #26 posted 08/03/12 5:56am

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NDRU said:

PurpleJedi said:

it's practically IMPOSSIBLE to find a public bathroom in NYC.

Yes, what do they expect people to do?

not true.....all parks have bathrooms....bryant park has the BEST facility......or tons of local libraries

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Reply #27 posted 08/03/12 1:17pm

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luvsexy4all said:

NDRU said:

Yes, what do they expect people to do?

not true.....all parks have bathrooms....bryant park has the BEST facility......or tons of local libraries

I'm thinking in terms of a visitor (since I don't live in NYC).

Most tourists aren't near public parks. (OK - Bryant Park is near the "tourist zone" - but I'll be honest with you I've been there a few times and have never even noticed there being any bathrooms). lol

Think about Times Square or the walk from Penn Station to St. Patrick's Cathedral and up to F.A.O. Schwartz...you need to run into stores or piss off restaurants who purposely lock their bathrooms as use for "customers only".

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Reply #28 posted 08/03/12 1:56pm

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paintedlady said:

girls can do this

boys already have one.....

unless its number two, then, well....

I already stated that I reallly want/need one of those. I usually hold my pee when I'm on the streets of NYC because I absolutely hate public bathrooms. They're like a box of chawk-lets, you never know what you're gonna get. eek I've held my pee so much throughtout the years to the point I've kinda mastered it. lol

But seriously, $13 for something you piss through. That's a pack of toilet paper I could buy. lol

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Reply #29 posted 08/03/12 2:23pm

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KidaDynamite said:

paintedlady said:

girls can do this

boys already have one.....

unless its number two, then, well....

I already stated that I reallly want/need one of those. I usually hold my pee when I'm on the streets of NYC because I absolutely hate public bathrooms. They're like a box of chawk-lets, you never know what you're gonna get. eek I've held my pee so much throughtout the years to the point I've kinda mastered it. lol

But seriously, $13 for something you piss through. That's a pack of toilet paper I could buy. lol

eek a pack of toilet paper costs me 5 bucks...

So yeah, how does the funnel pee thingy work when wearing jeans? Ass out trying to pee sorta defeats the entire point doesn't it?

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