- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The city of San Francisco is hiring workers to keep an eye on automated public bathroom throughout the city.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1hAOAQ1 ) the city is spending $1 million to ensure that the public toilets first installed 20 years ago are kept available for people who need a restroom.

Authorities say the bathrooms are so dirty they are rarely used for their original purpose and have become hubs for drug use and prostitution.

So far, about two dozen monitors have been brought on to keep watch over the public restrooms, and more are on the way. The attendants make sure the bathrooms are kept clean and that people don’t stay past the 20-minute limit.

The effort follows a program that brings in mobile bathrooms guarded by attendants to areas with high homeless populations.

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