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San Francisco Hires 'Potty-Sitters' To Discourage Bad Public Bathroom Behavior

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) -- The city of San Francisco is stepping up its stinky patrol with the recent hiring of "potty-sitters" to ensure the city's public toilets are in decent condition and used for their intended purpose.

In the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday, Matier & Ross write that about two dozen workers are getting paid up to $16 an hour to keep watch over the city's public restrooms. That includes discouraging behavior like drug use and prostitution.

"We need to step up and meet the demands of what people expect from a great city like San Francisco," said Public Works head Mohammed Nuru.

The $1 million program is part of the "Pit Stop" program launched last year by Public Works. It feeds into a larger effort to clean up homeless camps and the stench from those who use the streets as a giant bathroom.

City crews recently finished painting nine walls with pee repellent paint that sends urine spraying back at the person relieving their bladder.

Nicole Jones is a digital producer for CBS San Francisco. Follow her musings @nicjonestweets


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