In this week's Waste of the Week, San Francisco spent an exorbitant amount to install a single toilet in a town square, and a Florida man stole more than $2 million in COVID relief funds. Founder and CEO of OpenTheBooks.com, Adam Andrzejewski, joined The National Desk Friday to discuss both.
San Francisco's Noe Valley town square opened in 2016, and they just announced they're finally getting around to installing a single public toilet with a price tag of $1.7 million.
"Well, this was discovered because the lawmaker was bragging about it, about bringing home the bacon. He said, "They asked me for 1.7 million. I can't bring home half a toilet. I can't bring home a toilet someday in the future. They said it would cost 1.7 million. I've got 1.7 million for them," Andrzejewski said.
Andrzejewski said this type of spending points toward "a culture of poverty profiteers."
"What happens is you've got a lot of public money being spent and you've got a whole industry of profiteers that spring up. The last time we took a look at the number of instances of human waste in a public way in San Francisco, we found 310 cases in a single year," Andrzejewski explained.
For more of The National Desk's Jan Jeffcoat's interview with Andrzejewski, watch the full video above.