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San Francisco’s Public Toilets Reach Unprecedented Levels of Overuse Amid Brownout

San Francisco authorities have documented over 125,000 incidents of human waste found on public streets since 2020, according to data compiled by OpenTheBooks.com, a government oversight organization.

This surpasses the total number of incidents reported from 2011 to 2019 and serves as another indicator of the city’s ongoing challenges.

OpenTheBooks revealed the updated data after its previous 2019 version of the “Poop map” was referenced in a Fox News-hosted debate between California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The organization used brown dots to mark locations of public waste and noted that the entire city was covered on the 2019 map.

Following the update, they found that the situation had deteriorated further, with 125,506 reports since 2020.

This includes a record 34,609 cases in 2022 and 35,520 cases so far this year, establishing another record.

Adam Andrzejewski, the group’s founder, commented, “Unfortunately, reports of human waste in public areas have reached all-time highs. Despite the national attention, the situation in San Francisco is worsening. It’s getting worse, not better.”

In total, there have been over 270,000 sightings of waste since 2011, leading Mr. Andrzejewski to describe it as a “human health catastrophe.”

The data is based on the city’s 311 call information.

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