SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The city of San Francisco is stepping up its stinky patrol with the recent hiring of “potty-sitters” to ensure the city’s public toilets are in decent condition and used for their intended purpose.

In the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday, Matier & Ross write that about two dozen workers are getting paid up to $16 an hour to keep watch over the city’s public restrooms. That includes discouraging behavior like drug use and prostitution.

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“We need to step up and meet the demands of what people expect from a great city like San Francisco,” said Public Works head Mohammed Nuru.

The $1 million program is part of the “Pit Stop” program launched last year by Public Works. It feeds into a larger effort to clean up homeless camps and the stench from those who use the streets as a giant bathroom.

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City crews recently finished painting nine walls with pee repellent paint that sends urine spraying back at the person relieving their bladder.

Nicole Jones is a digital producer for CBS San Francisco. Follow her musings @nicjonestweets

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