Human waste shuts down BART escalators

Monday, July 30th, 2012

When work crews pulled open a broken BART escalator at San Francisco’s Civic Center Station at Market & 8th streets, they found so much human excrement in its works they had to call a hazardous-materials team:

Five of the nine escalators that weren’t working at BART stations on Wednesday were in downtown San Francisco, said Jim Allison, a BART spokesman. While there are many reasons a BART escalator can break down, the beating they take at night is among the most acute.

The problem is tough to combat, especially with so few downtown public restrooms open late, BART authorities said.

Officers have to witness someone in the act to issue a citation, said Officer Era Jenkins, a BART police spokeswoman.

Clearly there’s nothing anyone could possibly do to solve this problem.

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