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Years of Urine Fells San Francisco Light Pole Onto Occupied Car

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Terror struck one resident of San Francisco as a three-story light pole suddenly snapped and toppled on top of the resident’s car, narrowly missing the cab.  The driver was uninjured, but after investigation, the Public Utilities Commission announced that, though the post was old, a culprit other than simple time was to blame for the sudden collapse of the pole’s base.

Actually, it was potentially thousands of culprits, because the pole fell as a result of too much urine being sprayed on it. Apparently, this pole was a frequent pit stop of dogs and people alike.

No Parking sign

Someone may want to put some of these around
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“We believe there was some contribution of dog or human urine on the base of the pole,” said PUC spokesman Tyrone Jue. He added that using the pole as a urinal accelerates the corrosion of the metal base.

All across the city, there have been massive replacement efforts of corroded light poles, so the PUC is encouraging the people of San Francisco to please pee somewhere else, in the process neatly pushing the problem to a different city agency:

“We encourage people and dogs alike to do their business in other places,” said Jue, “like a proper restroom or one of our fire hydrants, which are stronger and made out of cast iron.”


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