How clean are the protest sites?
At their makeshift homes in McPherson Square, protesters don't have sinks. But some brush their teeth anyway. They also don't have toilets and they don’t have showers.
And as the number of tents continues to grow and some plan to stay through the winter, the United States Park Service has reportedly voiced serious concerns about sanitation and safety.
Now protesters say that when they use the bathroom, they'll go to a local coffee shop like Starbucks. When they have to shower, they'll go to a local sports club.
While federal authorities have said the protests will be allowed to continue, they have had to balance First Amendment rights with potential threats to health and safety.
Despite establishing their own systems for cooking, cleaning dishes, taking out the trash and even medical care, the vast majority of protesters said they welcomed improvements.
“I saw some rats out here last night,” said organizer Ashton Phillips. “Maybe things need to be run a little differently to make it more sanitary.”
RecommendedRecent Facebook Activity
Only On 7
"Like" ABC7 on facebook and you can win tickets to see Cirque du Soleil's Quidam. Enter daily before 4pm Friday, November 4th! Plus, you can receive 2 additional entries for each friend who enters!
TBD Blogs What you need to read
The Market Report
@TBD On Foot
Best of TBD In case you missed it
No one knows quite what Klout is, but these big 'myopic little twits' appear to have it.