California: The city of San Diego is seeking people willing to sit on park benches for three hour shifts in an effort to keep drunks and any of the city's 4,400 homeless people from occupying them.
Many of the benches are donated by merchants and they are reportedly unhappy that transients are using the public benches as places to sleep. Attempts to discourage the practice with metal dividers failed - the transients slept upright instead.
In an email sent to community activists asking them to take part it was emphasised that no toilet breaks were allowed. "After all, you MUST OCCUPY THAT BENCH continually for three hours to prevent that homeless person from sitting on that bench."