Tourists visiting San Francisco question if they're in 'bad side of town'

Residents in San Francisco were reportedly greeted by “the most atrocious smell” over the weekend, after someone dropped a large plastic bag filled with human waste on the sidewalk.

 
 

A Reddit user posted a screenshot of a report from the city’s Citizen app for identifying crimes on Saturday that said "twenty pounds of ***** dumped onto sidewalk," The San Francisco Chronicle reported. 

 
 

A Reddit user posted a screenshot of a report from the city’s Citizen app for identifying crimes on Saturday that said "twenty pounds of ***** dumped onto sidewalk," The San Francisco Chronicle reported.  

A spokeswoman for the city’s customer service number 311 said several reports were filed regarding “a large amount of waste," which she told the paper was a common occurrence in San Francisco – but noted this much was “not typical.”

Another Reddit user posted a picture of what he said "was the most atrocious smell I've ever smelled in San Francisco," the paper reported.

The matter was directed to the Public Works department.

 

The Reddit user, who claimed to have lived in the district for the past two years, said he has “seen open *****, smeared *****” but said, “I can't say I've seen anything like that.”

“I commend whoever put it in a bag. It could have been much worse,” the user said according to the paper.

A spokesman for San Francisco's Department of Public Works told the paper the mess was cleaned up Saturday evening, and a DNA sample was taken to determine the origin of the waste.

He told the paper it could be dogs, but regardless, he was just “glad it was in one place and in a bag.”

San Francisco is struggling to accommodate the thousands of homeless who have limited access to public restrooms, as complaints regarding human ***** has increased exponentially between 2008 to 2018 to the tune of 400 percent, the paper reported citing date from 311.

Public restrooms have been added throughout the city, with plans to add five additional facilities, according to the paper.

Medical association pulls convention out of San Francisco due to safety concerns

A major medical association has pulled its convention from San Francisco due to safety concerns in the city -- including tent cities and a growing homeless population.

A major medical association has withdrawn its annual convention in San Francisco due to safety concerns -- such as ever-growing menacing interactions with homeless people, vagrants and those with a mental illness.

The unidentified medical group decided to move its convention to a different city, but said it hoped to return in the future, Joe D'Alessandro, the president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association, told SF Gate on Tuesday.

“It’s the first time that we have had an out-and-out cancellation over the issue, and this is a group that has been coming here every three or four years since the 1980s,” D’Alessandro said.

 D’Alessandro and members of S.F. Travel went to the medical association’s headquarters in Chicago to ask about the convention and if the group would be hosting it in the future.

“They said that they are committed to this year and to 2023, but nothing in between or nothing thereafter,” D’Alessandro said. “After that, they told us they are planning to go elsewhere — I believe it’s Los Angeles.”

The doctors told the delegation that they “loved” San Francisco but did not feel safe due to open drug use in the city, threatening behavior and mental illness that plague the streets, according to SF Gate. A member of the association was assaulted last year near the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

 

“There was a time when the biggest obstacle to having a convention here was that it can be expensive, but now we have this new factor,” D’Alessandro said.

 

Conventions have employed off-duty police officers to secure the area in recent years.

Tourism in San Francisco brings in about $9 billion annually.

“You may not know it, but tourists spend more money outside of the hotel than inside the hotel,” Kevin Carroll, the executive director of the Hotel Council, told the paper. “Everything from restaurants to shopping to taking taxis.”

SF Gate reported industry officials have been meeting with mayor-elect London Breed to discuss increasing law enforcement and mental health services in the city.

D’Alessandro said he heard from other groups holding conventions in the city as well.

“A number of groups are concerned about the streets of San Francisco,” D’Alessandro said. “They say ‘we don’t know if the streets are safe, we don’t know if we want to meet here.’”

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

The association is thinking about LA!  Have they been there lately?  I was there in April, not safe and plenty of homeless, not just on Skid Row.  

Reminds me of Paris a few years ago.  Except, now friends tell me its worse.  Well, guess there's always the Paris Casino in Lost Wages.  Next time I visit Europe, Prague and Budapest appear to be the best bets as to safety and cleanliness. 

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