San Franciscans complain of stench from 20 pounds of feces on sidewalk


The Department of Public Works in San Francisco received no less than four 311 alerts about a “big bag of poo” at the corner of Polk and Cedar streets over the weekend.

By Monday, the agency had closed the cases, indicating the feces had been removed. A records search of city’s non-emergency 311 site showed people complaining about it. There’s a “strong smell of feces,” someone wrote to the agency, “there must be a tone of it somewhere nearby.”

The complaints abounded also on Reddit, as one user took a photo of what appeared to be “20 pounds of poop” at the corner. (See picture here

Poop on the streets in San Francisco appears to be pretty common. A search for the word “feces” on the city's 311 site yielded more than 15,000 hits.

The most recent was someone complaining through 311 on Monday about 10:30 a.m. about a homeless encampment along The Embarcadero with dozens of bikes, needles, aggressive animals and feces lining the sidewalk.

Department of Works spokeswoman Rachel Gordon said "we don't know what it's from and we're not going to test it. We just got rid of it. This is very unusual." 

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