Post Office Offers Safe Haven for Tenderloin Drug Dealers
by Randy Shaw, 2012-07-18
If you go by the Post Office at Golden Gate and Hyde Streets in San Francisco, you will see a drug dealing operation offering the best of all possible work environments. Dealers slip in and out of the post office as police or those suspected of being police come near, using the federally funded facility as a safe haven. When a member of my staff tried to take a photo of the scene for this article, one of the many dealers assaulted him.
In February 2008, Beyond Chron reported that
the Post Office at Golden Gate and Hyde was an “uninhibited trafficking point for drugs.” Over four years later, nothing has changed.
The Post Office provides no security to deter drug activity during its work hours, and allows people to sleep against its walls and block the adjacent sidewalk.
On May 14, 2008, Tenderloin activists celebrated
the Post Office’s agreement to turn the Golden Gate and Hyde building into a full-service facility. But they subsequently backed out of this commitment, leaving the site as a haven for drug dealers.
Due to its limited hours, the Post Office provides a safe workplace for dealers for most of the week. The police make arrests, but cannot be on the corner all of the time. That the cash-strapped US Postal Service Office keeps this little-used building open year after year to facilitate neighborhood drug dealing is a disgrace.
The police arrested the assailant who attacked my staff, and turns out he had a stay-away order from Golden Gate and Hyde that otherwise would not have been enforced. But it does not matter how many fights break out in and around the post office, the federal authorities in charge simply do not give a damn.