SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Libraries are typically quiet places for study, but in Pacific Beach residents say that's not the case. They say a Pacific Beach library has turned into a popular hangout for local transients, creating what some call a "tailgaiting" atmosphere.
“If you were to go over and grab a book from the library you would have to walk through big groups of people. A lot are intoxicated and you run the risk of them harassing you or saying obscene things,” explained Sara, who sent in this story idea to CBS News 8’s Your Stories.
Sara documented drug paraphernalia and people she says she witnessed exchanging items for cash. She also took pictures of people supposedly cutting up bikes and hiding them on library property.
“There are big groups that start dismantling bikes and I'm finding stashed bike parts in all the bushes, obviously stolen. It's like a bike chop shop there,” Sara continued. “This isn't about a homeless issue. This is about the criminals. This is about criminal behavior, illegal activity that are making the neighborhood unsafe.
Several residents also said off camera that they feel threatened.
The library reports that it enforces the code of contact indoors, but outside is public property so there's not much they can do. Instead they say the criminal allegations are a matter for the police.