San Francisco cathedral will no longer soak homeless people with sprinklers

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Catholic cathedral in San Francisco will no longer spray water on homeless people who curl up next to the building at night.

Overhead sprinklers were installed two years ago, to discourage people from sleeping in the doorways at St. Mary's Cathedral.

It's said, they frequently leave behind human waste and drug needles.

But now the Archdiocese has caved to public pressure and said it'll shut off the sprinklers -- though it says the strategy actually succeeded in reducing the litter.

Church officials say homeless people are still welcome to sleep elsewhere on cathedral grounds -- just not near the entrances.

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