Thursday, September 20, 2012

There's No Such Thing as a Free Pee in San Francisco's Tenderloin

You may attempt to use a public toilet in San Francisco's Tenderloin district for many things, and there may not be an entry fee, but there sure is an exit fee. The San Francisco Examiner explains:

...four crooks who robbed a man inside a notoriously seedy public toilet in the Tenderloin on Monday remain on the loose.

About 7:45 p.m., police said, a 20-year-old transient reported that he was about to use the spacious restroom at the corner of Larkin and Myrtle streets — located on the sidewalk in front of Sergeant John Macaulay Park — when he encountered three thugs lurking inside.

The victim was right to be in fear, police said, as that particular bathroom has for years been known as a bastion for prostitution, drug use and other shady activity.

To his horror, the man said, he was pushed inside the bathroom by a fourth goon, police Officer Carlos Manfredi said Tuesday. The restroom door was then shut, trapping the victim inside.

“One of the suspects brandished a knife while the other three sifted through the victim’s pockets,” Manfredi said...

While public toilets are known for sheltering criminal activity, some Tenderloin residents have said they are necessary to keep the neighborhood’s streets and sidewalks clean of urine and feces.

Reports of thieves targeting users of public restrooms are not common, Manfredi said.


  1. didn't they misspell tenderloin?

  2. Why not ask a $0.50 fee on the door? Trust me, charge a fee and the thugs would not be lurking inside.

    1. Actually, there is a 25¢ fee to use one of these fancy porta-potties. They give out tokens to homeless people that will also work.

      Once you use one of these, and have exited, it washes itself inside--as long as the detectors confirm that it is vacant. This suggests that it would be easy to have an indicator light near the coin slot, to confirm that there is nobody inside.

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