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Big Macs and LSD on Haight Street

The city is threatening a lawsuit against McDonalds over consistent drug deals at its Haight Street location.

Prefer a side of LSD with your big mac? Get it while it lasts.

The San Francisco city attorney, Tuesday, filed an official complaint threatening a lawsuit against McDonalds due to incessant drug sales and 911 calls at the Haight Street location.

In the past seven months, there were 11 instances in which San Francisco Police arrested individuals for drug sales or possession, according City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s letter to Steve Easterbrook, CEO of McDonalds corporation.

In roughly the last year, police received 641 calls regarding issues at the Haight Street location, detailing numerous fights, instances of public alcohol consumption, two dog attacks, and “at least eight auto burglaries.”

In the pre-litigation, plaintiffs requested that the location shut down for one year and fine all potential defendants $25,000 in order to bar them from “maintaining a nuisance at the property.” Furthermore, McDonalds will be unable to operate on the property if the issues raised by Herrera’s office continue.

The letter goes on to state, “In the last six months the police have recovered more than 100 doses of LSD, over two pounds of marijuana, 88.5 grams of psilocybin (psychedelic mushrooms), more than half of a pound of marijuana edibles, and hashish from drug dealers selling their products on your Property.”

But is McDonalds actually to blame?

The official complaint states that the defendants “permit” the use of the property for the “sale, storage and possession of controlled substances,” and alleges “Mcdonald’s has a reputation in the community and among the San Francisco Police Department as a location where people come to buy, sell, and use illegal narcotics.”

According to Deputy City Attorney Megan Cesare-Eastman, the city is asking McDonalds to employ a security guard and improve lighting in the area.

“We firmly believe that, in its current condition, your Property threatens the health and safety of the surrounding neighborhood,” writes Herrera.

The complaint wedged against McDonalds is based under the California Health and Safety Code, which states, “every building or place used for the purpose of unlawfully selling, serving, storing, keeping, manufacturing or giving away any controlled substance… and every building or place wherein or upon which those acts take place, is a nuisance which shall be enjoined.”

Doubtfire on fire

The infamous Mrs. Doubtfire house at 2460 Steiner Street, San Francisco. Photo by Mlabowicz/ Creative Commons
The infamous Mrs. Doubtfire house at 2460 Steiner Street, San Francisco. Photo by Mlabowicz/ Creative Commons

Story by Tami Benedict and Olympia Zampathas

 

One of San Francisco’s cherished tourist locations was set ablaze last night. Around 8 p.m. the homeowner, Dr. Douglas Ousterhout, 79, said that he could smell smoke and realized that someone had set his front door mat on fire. Ousterhout was able to put the fire out himself before calling the police and fire department, but the front of the house and garage did sustain damage.

In 1993, the house, located in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights residence, was used to film “Mrs. Doubtfire,” starring the late actor Robin Williams.

Details aren’t clear yet as to why the house was targeted, but some speculate that is was because of the homeowner’s profession, being a transgender plastic surgeon; The San Francisco Police Department does not believe it was any form of a hate crime. Police are currently investigating a former patient of the doctor’s, who remains unnamed, but is described as a woman in her 40s.

The same Victorian house made news when fans turned it into a makeshift memorial after Williams committed suicide last fall and has been a its a tourist spot since the movie debuted 21 years ago.

No arrests have been made so far.

“Dude, where’s my car?”

San Francisco is no stranger to theft. Namely, phone and car theft. According to statistics, every twenty-six seconds a vehicle is stolen in the United States. With San Francisco being a city of public transportation and walking travelers, cars are left for days at a time making them incredibly susceptible to theft.

Many studies and records over the years from an assortment of different sources show that certain cars are more targeted than others to be stolen. At the top of the list sits the Honda Accord, Honda Civic, and Ford F-Series, according to AutoTrader.com.  According to Statista, “various models of the Honda Accord have the undesirable reputation as America’s most stolen car for 2013.” So, if you are an owner of one of these cars, a car alarm and visible prevention methods should be practiced.

But what makes the Hondas so appealing for those looking to get a rush from lifting a car? Honda Motor Company was founded on September 24th, 1948 in Japan. Since then, Honda has been manufacturing and selling some of the most reliable, well-built cars on the road according to consumer reports.  The reliability of a Honda is what most consumers are seeking but it is also what thefts are seeking.

“Because Hondas are so well-built, specifically the Civic, they get a target on their hood to be stolen,” says Marty Rogers, who has been working as a mechanic in San Francisco for over fifteen years. “The parts for a Honda are in high demand. People will steal a car and sell the parts for money. Sad part is, there’s no way for me to know if the part I’m looking at was stolen or not.”

So, it seems that reliable engineering backfired into a negative thing for those that own cars sought after as easy targets. But if the car is protected well, it will last for years.

Not all cars that are stolen are scrapped and sold for parts. In the case of many lucky individuals, their cars are found in surrounding areas after the theft is reported. Officer E. Tindall of the San Francisco Police Department says, “ Often times when a car is taken from the SF State area, they are found just a few miles away.”

Tindall believes that the thieves get a rush of pleasure from stealing the car and take it for a joy ride until it is almost out of gas then they return to the area and leave it. Some cars that are stolen are used to commit a crime and then dumped so it is not linked to the person committing the crime.

The Holt family, who has been living in different parts of San Francisco for over thirty years, recently had their Honda Civic stolen from outside their house while they were not home. After filing the police report and waiting two weeks, they came to terms that the vehicle was gone for good.

“I woke up to the best birthday call ever,” says Karen Holt. “It was the SFPD calling to tell me that they had recovered my car at about 2a.m. that morning. I was so thankful that our little car was coming home and we will be installing an alarm immediately!”

Not all victims are as lucky as the Holt Family so it is recommended that you lock your doors, roll up your windows, and hide any valuable items in order to prevent the theft of your car.

Infographic: Honda Owners Are Most At Risk From Car Theft | Statista

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