Strand bookstore accused of using sprinklers to remove sleeping homeless

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GREENWICH VILLAGE (PIX11) – In Manhattan, the Strand bookstore in Greenwich Village is getting a lot of slack for allegedly driving away the homeless using sprinklers.

An employee says some homeless people have been doused while trying to sleep in front of the store at East 12th St. and Broadway.

Strand’s co-owner says she is not sure why the sprinklers are installed.

According to the New York Post, workers posted a sign outside the store that read, “Warning: Sprinkler System Will Run Periodically From 10:30 PM-9:00 AM.”

The bookstore has long been a favorite sleeping area for the homeless, thanks to large awnings that shelter racks of used books that are wheeled outside when the store is open.