Homeless worry new bathrooms won't stay open

Posted at 1:07 PM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 16:07:03-04

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KGTV) -- People living on the streets are worried that the new portable restrooms installed by the city will get shut down because of those using them for illegal activity.  

The city installed four portable bathrooms on First and C Street near City Hall. Four hand washing stations were also installed.

On Monday, people using the restrooms were thankful and said the restrooms were long overdue. 

One man, a Navy veteran, told 10News he's used the restroom twice since they were installed. On one of those trips, he found a used needle. He worries drug users will force the city to shut the bathrooms down. 

The area has 24-hour security. Security guards work in 12- hour shifts. One guard told 10News he warns people that they can't stay in the bathroom for too long. 

The city plans on installing other portable restrooms at different locations in the coming weeks. Those locations haven't been announced.