Friend of the Appeal Sally Kuchar sent us a photo she took this morning of a Muni shelter at 16th and Potrero, noting that “somebody completely went to town and wrecked the shit out of this bus stop.”

It’s been a great source of sadness to me that in my many years in the city, I have never happened upon the going to town part of this situation, and have only seen the shattering aftermath (If I were feeling feisty I’d call that white pile “snow” and watch overly literal commenters freak the fuck out). How much force does it take to bash in one of those glass panels? No reliable sources seem to be able to answer this question (can you?).

The good news is, according to a weekend working MTA spokesperson Judson True, repairs to Muni shelters are the responsibility (workwise and financially) of Clear Channel, which builds and maintains bus shelters, as well as paying us ad money. (Only somewhat related: this (presumably) Clear Channel map of their Muni-related properties is kind of fun!)

So, other than the terrible terrible toll vandalism takes on our society as a whole, nothing’s being taken out of our or Muni’s pocket over incidents like these. But, still, how much does it cost Clear Channel to fix? True’s checking on this for us on Monday.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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