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Man Caught Pooping In Safeway Highlights San Francisco’s Homeless Problem

A viral video of a man pooping in the aisle of a Safeway in San Francisco might seem funny or absurd if it wasn’t so emblematic of the city’s larger issue: homelessness. Footage shows a homeless man defecating in the supermarket and using a roll of toilet paper to clean himself up. 

San Francisco has had an issue managing the ever-increasing amount of human waste in the city. The issue cannot be separated from its homelessness crisis. According to ABC research, there are approximately 9,784 homeless people living in the city in 2019. 

San Francisco has a poop problem.

You can judge the man relieving himself in the video, or you can acknowledge his behavior as a symptom of San Francisco’s failing infrastructure. For example, this year alone, the city has received 25,000 complaints about human waste. San Francisco has even enlisted the help of a “poop patrol” that goes around cleaning up human feces throughout the city. 

Since garnering public disapproval, city Supervisor Matt Haney has implemented steps to ease the problem, but some might say they haven’t gone far enough. Three public restrooms were added in Castro, Soma, and the Tenderloin this month. 

“It’s horrifying for people to step outside and see poop smeared all over the sidewalk, we know it’s getting worse,” Haney told KRON 4. “We’ve seen a reduction in the number of reports of feces in the areas immediately around the pit stop bathrooms including the ones that are 24 hours. We obviously need more. We need to expand the number of these bathrooms and the hours.”

Government figures demonstrate a 35 percent increase in feces complaints from 2017 to 2018. According to the New York Times, homelessness rose 17 percent in San Francisco in 2018. 

The human feces complaints are such a part of San Francisco culture there’s a Twitter devoted to documenting the incidences. 

The Poop Scoop has an automated system that reposts complaints called in to the city’s 311 number. The current bio says in the last 48 hours alone 160 poop cases have been reported and 102 of those cases have been closed. The Poop Scoop’s website even has a map of the city sidewalks indicating where feces has been reported. 

“This is a national embarrassment, it is also many communities a disgusting, public health crisis, no one should be able to walk about and see poop smeared all over the place, no one should live in these conditions. It is not funny,” Haney said.  

While the city has proposed efforts to help the homeless, the wealthy have opposed many of these measures. For example, San Francisco’s rich did not want the city to build a homeless shelter near their affluent waterfront district. 

“Putting mentally ill people and people with drug abuse problems in residential areas is careless,” said Paneez Kosarian, a resident who opposed the shelter

Candice Elder, the founder of the East Oakland Collective, says people like to complain about the homeless but also reject the problem’s necessary solutions. 

“When people think about the homeless crisis, sometimes humanity goes out the window,” she said. “People say, ‘I don’t like what’s going on. I don’t want them near our school, get rid of them.’”

San Francisco’s homeless problem has even received the ire of President Trump. 

The President’s dislike for California, which is a Sanctuary city that stands against many of his administration’s policies, has been well-documented. While little has come of it, this September, the Trump administration threatened to cut San Francisco federal funding via the Environmental Protection Agency. The administration claimed that San Francisco violated environmental policies due to rampant human feces and used needles on the streets — caused by the homelessness issue. 

California Governor Gavin Newsom called the threat nothing short of political theater. 

“If joining and funding real solutions to homelessness, instead of political theater and points-scoring, are the Trump administration’s objective, California continues to be ready to engage,” Jesse Melgar, a spokesman for California Gov. Gavin Newsom told USA today, “the state has not been contacted by federal officials.”

The Trump administration proposed building camps in California to store the homeless, a move that made many advocates cringe. Herb Smith, CEO of Los Angeles Mission, which helps the city’s homeless met with members of the Trump administration. Smith felt they were uninformed about what caused homelessness and how to solve it. 

“Look, the Feds don’t have the authority to come in and arrest people for being homeless,” Smith said. “But my real concern about whatever might be presented is that it will include moving people around, traumatizing people and generally just exacerbating the level of human misery we already have.”

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Parents Are Applauding A Meteorologist After Her Baby Adorably Crashed Her Weather Report

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Parents Are Applauding A Meteorologist After Her Baby Adorably Crashed Her Weather Report

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COVID-19 has completely changed practically everyone’s way of living. But post-pandemic life has become especially challenging for parents, who are now forced to be stuck inside with their children for hours on end.

Between assisting your kids with distance learning and struggling to find your own “me time”, many parents feel as if their world has been turned upside down.

Recently, news watchers in Southern California caught a glimpse into the new era of COVID parenting when meteorologist Lisa Lopez’s toddler interrupted her live broadcast.

Los Angeles-based KABC meteorologist Leslie Lopez was reporting the weather as usual when she was visited by an unexpected guest. As she spoke about an incoming storm, her 9-month-old son, Nolan, entered the frame.

Slightly startled, Lopez giggled for a moment and said, “Looks like there’s a baby down below,” before bending over and picking him up. Then, like the rockstar that she is, she continued her report.

“He walks now, guys, so I’ve lost all control,” she quipped before ending the segment.

The public’s reaction to the adorable interruption was incredibly positive.

No one was annoyed that their weather report was interrupted. On the contrary, so many people felt like the clip made them feel less alone.

“Agree that this is always fun to see—we are all dealing with this and it makes one feel good—it’s real,” said one woman on Twitter. “It’s awesome. Never feel bad because we all inside are feeling joy as we can relate.”

Others commented on how the video perfectly illustrated how modern women have become adept at multitasking. “It was not just a moment of heartwarming love, but a moment of the strength of women!” said another Twitter user. “It just shows how easily women can be full of love and do their job at the same time!”

Later, KABC did a special report on the happy mistake to see what Lopez herself thought of the surprising public reaction.

“We received so many comments from viewers thanking her for showing what the reality is right now for so many people working with kids at home,” said fellow reporter Jovana Lara. “It is not easy.”

As for Lopez, she revealed that viewers are hungry for a different kind of weather report: “I’ve been getting comments, ‘More baby in weather, please.'” Yes, please!

Headlines: Meteorologist Leslie Lopez Is Interrupted on Air By Her Toddler and the Video is Adorable

Parents Are Applauding Meteorologist Leslie Lopez for How She Handled Her Baby’s Adorable Interruption

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This Insane Video of an Anti-Mask ‘Karen’ Screaming and Resisting Arrest in a Florida Bagel Shop is Going Viral

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This Insane Video of an Anti-Mask ‘Karen’ Screaming and Resisting Arrest in a Florida Bagel Shop is Going Viral

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Just when you think yo’ve seen all the Karen videos out there, one comes out of left field and blows them all out of the water.

The video we’re talking about here is the video of Cindy Falco-DiCorrado, a 62-year-old “anti-mask activist” who exemplifies the very definition of white privilege.

Falco-DiCorrado was arrested last Thursday at an Einstein Bagels location in Boca Raton, Florida. Luckily for the internet, Falco-DiCorrado had a camerawoman in tow to record the entire debacle leading up to the arrest.

The video starts in the middle of things, with an officer taking an unmasked Falco-DiCorrado by the arm, asking her to please step outside. It is immediately evident that the woman (who, by the way, is dressed in head-to-toe leopard print) will not be compliant.

Falco-DiCorrado begins raising her voice and screaming at the officer, shouting things like “Get your hands off of me! You are kidnapping me!” and “You are violating the Constitution! That’s discrimination!”

At one point, the unseen camerawoman who is recording the meltdown pans around the bagel shop to get a look at all of the spectators.

It appears that every customer in the shop, as well as the workers behind the counter, have taken their phones out to record the bizarre incident.

The Florida woman continues to struggle with the cop and scream things like “Get your hands off of me! I’ve done nothing wrong, I am not a criminal,” while accusing the police officer (who is Black) of “stealing her purse”.

The struggle continues until a second cop arrives and immediately decides to not handle the unhinged woman with kid gloves. The second cop immediately grabs her by the arm and, with the help of the other cop, proceeds to drag her out of the shop.

But the video doesn’t end there. As Falco-DiCorrado is dragged out of the shop, she continues to scream.

The officers proceed to arrest her while she struggles against them and screams: “Stop it! You cannot arrest me! I’ve done nothing illegal!”

The entire time she is being arrested she is visibly and enthusiastically resisting arrest.

Watching the video, one can’t help but wonder how the officers would have treated her if her skin was a different color.

The video was posted to the popular Instagram page @CrazyKarens where it quickly went viral.

Commentators were stunned by the entire interaction, writing things like: “They let her get away with way too much! They would’ve thrown a person of color right on the ground the minute he/she didn’t stand up.”

Another person said: “With all that resistance she didn’t get pepper spray, no taser, no knee to the neck, no punches and they even called her ‘ma’am'”.

According to officials, Falco-DiCorrado is facing charges of trespassing and resisting arrest without violence. All because she didn’t want to wear a mask.

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