People have been pooping in elevators at the Westfield San Francisco Centre mall, and the frequency of the problem has reportedly picked up.
“It’s like twice a week now. It used to be once a month,” Abimael Garcia, who manages janitors at the mall, noted, according to the San Francisco Standard. “So lately, it’s increased.”
Garcia believes people poop in the elevators because they are the nearest semi-private areas to Mission Street, where there are often individuals camping, according to the outlet — several workers indicated the only routinely utilized public bathrooms at the mall are located on the second floor.
“It’s a long way to the bathrooms from Mission [Street],” Garcia remarked. “The elevators are closest to the street. It’s so easy.”
Other bathrooms like the facilities at the food court or in stores are often not open because of sanitation concerns or drug use, workers indicated, according to the outlet.
Bloomingdale’s worker Julio Tating recalled seeing poop in an elevator on Sunday — he noted that it “looked like a breakfast sausage.” He also said he saw excrement on the same elevator around 10 days prior and claimed that he has slipped on poop before.
“It’s like, ‘Why am I slipping?'” Tating said. “This is dry tile. It shouldn’t be slippery like this.”
And of course, after each pooping incident, someone needs to clean up the mess.
“I’ve worked at Jack London Square [and] here in Downtown, so I just think, ‘I got to get this done,'” Garcia remarked, chuckling, according to the Standard. “If you think too much, you’ll never do it.”
While the city has a problem with theft, San Francisco board of supervisors member Dean Preston, a self-described democratic socialist, has called for legislation to prohibit security guards from drawing a weapon to defend property.
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