As many other metropolitan cities throughout the world have done, San Francisco has finally decided to hire individuals to maintain their small, but growing, number of public restrooms. For up to $16 per hour, these workers monitor toilet activity and keep them clean – with the hopes that more people will actually use them if they aren’t so dirty and full of the detritus related to drug use, sex acts, etc.
While some protest the costs associated with hiring people to keep the toilets in good condition, we think it’s a good move. Sanitation prevents disease, disgust, and ultimately the downturn of local economy. People aren’t going to visit your city if they’re walking through human waste, or if they can’t find a place to pee.