Cathedral Dumps Sprinkler That Drenched Homeless To Keep Them Away
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Earlier today, a news story about the unbelievable method used by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco to keep the homeless off their property – a sprinkler system – went viral. The Archdiocese scrambled to correct the error of their ways.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco on Wednesday dismantled a sprinkler system it had installed at the city’s cathedral during one of the worst droughts in California history to soak the alcoves and prevent homeless people from sleeping there.
The archdiocese took down the sprinklers after a barrage of criticism because the system installed at St. Mary’s Cathedral was drenching homeless people at night.
KCBS Radio first reported undeterred homeless people were using umbrellas and waterproof gear, but they were still getting soaked as they slept in the doorways. The sprinklers ran for about 75 seconds, about every half hour, starting before sunset in all four doorways, soaking homeless people and their belongings, a KCBS reporter who saw the sprinklers at work reported.
When the story of the sprinkler system broke earlier today, we wondered if they were asking themselves, “What would Jesus not do?”
Saint Mary’s Cathedral, the principal church of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has installed a watering system to keep the homeless from sleeping in the cathedral’s doorways.
The cathedral, at Geary and Gough, is the home church of the Archbishop. There are four tall side doors, with sheltered alcoves, that attract homeless people at night.
“They actually have signs in there that say, ‘No Trespassing,’” said a homeless man named Robert.
But there are no signs warning the homeless about what happens in these doorways, at various times, all through the night. Water pours from a hole in the ceiling, about 30 feet above, drenching the alcove and anyone in it.