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Monday, June 6, 2011

Unemployed Porn Photographer Now Films S.F. Trash Thieves

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 7:15 AM

Caught in the act.
  • Caught in the act.

Rikki Ercoli was laid off from his position as photo director at gay porn company Falcon Studios in SOMA three years ago. Now unemployed, unoccupied, and hunkered down in his apartment like James Stewart in Rear Window, he's become a one-man vigilante, aiming to rid his neighborhood of the notorious trash thieves.

His method? Voyeurism, naturally.

Ercoli tells us he wakes up every Thursday night to the tell-tale clinking of glass. He then gets out his videocamera and starts filming out the window of his apartment of eight years, into the parking lots wedged among Market, Gough, and Otis streets, next to Chris Daly's Buck Tavern bar. He says the action has really picked up in the last three years.

We recently wrote about Recology's ongoing battle against the city's trash thieves, paying the police to ticket them while working overtime. But Ercoli says he has the evidence to prove that those measures aren't working. 

"Last night my neighborhood just totally got taken over," Ercoli says. "I screamed at the police. It was 4 a.m. and crackheads had the whole street demolished."



He's been posting the footage on YouTube, with his own cranky commentary written in subtitles: "This awful noise goes on and on and on. And it's illegal." Or "Addicts get free money." UP NEXT: More video from Ercoli, and the lack of police response.

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