Handwashing station overrun with trash, human waste, locals say

Handwash station overrun with trash, locals say
Posted at 4:45 PM, Oct 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 19:45:08-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The people who work across the street at a Hillcrest flower shop say they don't see many people using the handwashing station installed just across the street.

Until Friday morning, while it wasn't as bad as in pictures posted on to the Next Door app, feces could be seen right next to the handwashing station.

"Because of the hospital here, there are certain days of the week it's like it's like a little migration," Steve Bernier of a nearby shop said.

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Many homeless people come to the block at Fourth and Robinson in Hillcrest to camp. A photo circulating on Next Door shows piles of trash, which people have complained are full of feces.

Bernier said the smell from the flower shop he works at isn't enough to mask it. 

The abandoned building right next to the 7-11 is a magnet for homeless people who'd rather sleep on turf than concrete. 

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The sanitation station installed last week hasn't received much use, Bernier said. 

"I've seen one or two people use it, it's there but I can tell you every day this week the abandoned building over there, there's been more and more garbage, and feces," Bernier said. "It's not very enticing for tourism or actually to make people feel safe."

Other people 10News spoke to say they see the handwashing program working -- as is the street sanitization.

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The city told 10News the county has hired a company to clean the stations at least once a day. Some are reportedly cleaned twice a day, depending on the need.