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Human Excrement Shuts Down BART Escalators

Escalators in the BART system are shuttered by human waste.



    Human Excrement Shuts Down BART Escalators
    Christie Smith
    Homeless people in San Francisco who are relieving themselves on the escalators are, most likely, shutting them down.

    The moveable stairs aren't moving -- and that's because numbers one and two are gumming up the works. 

    The BART escalator at Civic Center station was shut down by a giant steaming pile of human effluvia -- so much human waste, in fact, that workers called in a hazmat team, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
    The high volume of human waste may have been a factor in shutting down five of the nine BART escalators broken down throughout the system -- all five of those were in downtown San Francisco, where homeless people often use the stairwells of stations closed for the night as a place to sleep or relieve themselves, the newspaper reported.
    So why aren't these people thrown in jail? Usually a person must be caught in the act in order to receive a citation, according to BART police.
    Officials are investigating ways to keep people out of the BART station stairwells at night. Some have proposed erecting a fence around the entrance to the 16th Street BART station, the newspaper reported.
    Until then, step with caution.