Benches removed from corner of Capitol and Lee Streets in Charleston

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UPDATE

Deputy Mayor, Rod Blackstone has released a statement regarding the removal of two downtown benches.

We have had received several complaints from property and business owners in the area that at least one person (and maybe more) was using the wooden benches as his (their) own personal bedroom and bathroom. Use of a wooden bench as a personal toilet is very consequential and totally unacceptable.

– Rod Blackstone, Deputy Mayor

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ORIGINAL

Two benches have been removed by the city of Charleston from the corner of Capitol and Lee streets. 

According to several local businesses in the area that wished to remain anonymous, vagrants are to blame for the removal.

Yesterday, city employees cleaned and disinfected the area where the benches sat, according to businesses that surround the area. This morning, city employees hauled them off.

A photo has been circulating social media in recent days of a man relieving himself on the benches. 

One property management company that manages several of the buildings surrounding the spot where the benches were told 13 News that they reached out to officers with the Charleston Police Department, who took immediate action.  

They said they were grateful for the fast response from police regarding the issue. 

Another man, who also wished to remain anonymous and who reached out to police, said many of the people who used the benches are mentally handicapped and frequently would relieve themselves on the bench. 

Stay with 13 New for updates. 

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