On the gum patrol

Metro - David Samios removes chewing gum from the "gum poles" at East Bay and North Market streets Thursday. He estimated it would take him seven to eight hours to complete the job. He said most people thank him for removing the gum but he tells his critics that "It'll probably be back in a week anyway." City officials have tried for years to discourage passersby from depositing their lumpy clumps of used gum on a trio of utility poles near the intersection. (Alan Hawes/Staff)

David Samios removes chewing gum from the 'gum poles' at East Bay and North Market streets Thursday. He estimated it would take him seven to eight hours to complete the job. He said most people thank him for removing the gum, but he tells them that 'it'll probably be back in a week anyway.' City officials have tried for years to discourage passers-by from depositing their lumpy clumps of used gum on a trio of utility poles near the intersection.