After employee stuck with a needle, Seattle Public Library to install sharps containers

Last month an employee at the Ballard library branch was stuck by a needle while cleaning out the garbage in the women’s restroom.

Now the library is planning to install sharps containers in a pilot program in some of the branches, according to Erica Barnett reporting in Seattle Weekly.

The library will work with Seattle Public Utilities, which is already running a pilot program for safe needle disposal in outdoor bins and inside several public restrooms. The closest location to Ballard is a bin at Fremont Canal Park.

Seattle Public Library said the Ballard incident was the first of its kind in the library system.

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SCOTT
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SCOTT

What a surprise. Ever since they turned the library into a homeless encampment. This is why I can’t afford to eat anywhere!

eric
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eric

oh how nice. the feral bums need more places to safely dispose of their needles. maybe st lukes can get a sharps container so the campers can eat breakfast AND have a place to dispose of their crap.

what am i thinking, the zombies really don’t care where they dump their garbage, needles, feces, etc – scattered brains just don’t care.

they don’t call it the “Hep C Branch” for nothing…wash your hands when you get home from there and touch as little as possible.

Another O'Brien Success Story
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Another O'Brien Success Story

At this point, there is no reasoning with the idiots from St Luke’s, O’Brien et al.
They are comfortable having San Francisco/L.A. level scuzz in Ballard.
If you don’t like it, why you’re a “hateful bigot!”

Sadly, the employee can (and should) sue the city etc and who pays for it? You guessed it: the evil working taxpayers.

Janet
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Janet

The homeless finding refuge in the library is not a new issue. Over 50 years ago when I moved from the East Coast to San Francisco,. guess where the homeless were hanging out.

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

“It’s not new!!!” is the preferred retort of the complacent. Well guess what…I don’t care if it started yesterday or at the dawn of the Bronze Age. I want it to STOP. Stuff your self-satisfied sentiment. It’s time to shut this shit down.

Website Design Ranchi
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Very nicely explained. Thank you for the great article

Paintking
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Paintking

I see a definite pattern here. Rather than address the issues we’ll all now have to lower OUR expectations and it’s US that’ll have to pay more to just deal with this. Why is it we allow our feckless leaders to continue this charade? Hello O’Brien. This is what gender politics bring us, yet another person that got (s)elected due to whom they sleep with. OK, so I don’t care whom, rather a person that leads and does NOT wet fingers daily then thrusting it into their rarified air to make policies.

Truth
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Truth

Didn’t take long for the mentally ill sockpuppet to blame O’Brien! As a bonus, he compared Ballard to San Francisco AND Los Angeles, despite them being two extremely different cities and people. But hey, it’s not like his delirious posts need to have any kind of factual information or even be rooted in reality. And when confronted with actual facts, he devolves into an pathetic, almost pitiful Smeagol-eque character.

Keep up the good work!

I also love how we have a fake, but funny, Scott in addition to our beloved nutjob Scott. Really makes my morning reading delightful.

Brian Ford
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Brian Ford

I see nobody leaves their Real names. It is easy to hide behind a keyboard. I think it is terrible that a public employee was hurt. Sharps containers are a good start. Seattle is experiencing a massive public health problem. Maybe some of the other commentators would like to have the sick people rounded up and taken where? Out of sight out of mind? Public health crisis! Not moral issue!

Frederick the First
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Frederick the First

Hell, just turn our libraries into safe consumption sites and let the hobosexuals have as much p0rn time as they like on the computers.

Then watch actual patrons and their kids never come back. Then watch people refuse to fund this nonsense anymore. Then watch your library funds dry up. Then lose your jobs. Then become a junkie and shoot up at the library and blame taxpayers. The social justice circle will then be complete.

Woke William
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Woke William

“Not moral issue!”

Exactly! Just because you knowingly leave needles out where people or kids might get stuck, because putting the cap back on your needle and walking 20 feet to a trash can is a herculean task, doesn’t mean you have zero personal responsibility!

Frederick the First
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Frederick the First

“sick people rounded up and taken where”

Where? How about your house Mr. Compassion.

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Another O'Brien Success Story

@Brian Ford
@Turth
Liberal misanthropes love to say that the world is “overcrowded” and humans are “the most dangerous animal”, then they do an about-face when confronted by dangerous, anti-social behavior and the thieves and addicts become “victims suffering from a disease” and chastise the victims of these dirtbags as “lacking compassion”.

It’s really quite funny. When they aren’t saying “humanity is a cancer’ they’re forcing the rest of us to pay for the dregs of humanity and deal with the consequences of their terrible decisions. Hey Geniuses, the LIBRARY should be a SANCTUARY OF LEARNING not a shooting gallery and pit stop for hobos. I know you guys don’t believe in the sanctity of anything (churches, nuclear families, sane taxation) but try to imagine a building filled with books that is SAFE for children and families. Pathetic as usual.

SCOTT
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SCOTT

@TRUTH
I’m glad to see you get enjoyment out of my realization that I’m too poor and stupid to function!

Ballard By Boat
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Ballard By Boat

I don’t think an employee getting stuck with some loser junkie’s used needle is cool. Do I have compassion for them? Not any longer. Did I at one point? Yes, but our fine leaders Mike “The Bike” O’Brien and (p)Ed(o’phile) Murray bent over backwards for a nebulous homeless agenda that overtaxed my capability to care, and why? To assuage their own guilt at being a sexual predator or a useless policy stooge? Maybe, maybe.
Do I have a valid answer? Nope. Do I have a horrible answer? Yep. Let’s put all the homeless on a giant island and let them figure out a new society, since they clearly don’t want to work within the confines of the polite society many of us are trying to maintain. And yes, I understand the irony of wanting to maintain a polite society by getting rid of the homeless junkies.

FLOYD HABERMAN
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FLOYD HABERMAN

May have been my wife’s, she sometimes needs her insulin.

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Another O'Brien Success Story

Beat:B1, RECKLESS BURNING at 56XX BLOCK OF 22 AV NW reported on 3/29/2018 7:15 AM, Call# 18000110279

Truth
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Truth

@Sockpuppet: And I’m sure you care bigly about the sanctity of all those things! But hey, keep blaming the liberals and progressives until your tiny hands fall off.

“…they’re forcing the rest of us to pay for the dregs of humanity…”

I’d be more concerned about things like corporate welfare, the ever expanding military budget or the increasing deficit to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, each that are orders of magnitude more than what we “pay for the dregs of humanity”, but I guess it’s easier to complain about the homeless on a neighborhood blog?

You REALLY need help.

XOXOXO

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Beat:B1, ASSAULTS, OTHER at 57XX BLOCK OF 22 AV NW reported on 3/30/2018 11:07 AM, Call# 18000111834

@Turth
Your class warfare is invalid. This city is run on a revenue generating scheme that creates “crises” then ratchets up taxes to fund “solutions”. Totally “Blue” city. You guys own the corruption here.

Truth
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Truth

@Sockpuppet: You got a source for that mentally deranged comment?

Trinity
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Trinity

I’m just sick of having to open carry a 9mm handgun in the hopes I don’t get robbed again. Can’t wait til the lease is up so I can move out of Ballard. Nothing like paying 3k a month for rent just to walk out your front door to be greeted by homeless junkies camping out in tents on the sidewalk shooting up.