These are the stories of the people who keep SF running while you sleep

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Strange things are afoot during the witching hour in San Francisco and the people who work the graveyard shift are in the thick of it. They’ve seen things. We’re talking about flaming freeway chases, dead bodies and, of course, plenty of rats.

About 43,000 people travel within, into, and out of San Francisco for work between 4 p.m. and 5 a.m., according to a 2010 Census Transportation Planning data. Many of them are doing vital city services that either can’t stop overnight, or can’t get done during the day.

From trash collectors to security guards, workers are the guardians of the night who keep city running while the rest of us sleep. And we wanted to hear what it’s like to keep the city safe and running smoothly while the nine-to-five crowd sleeps.

Click through the slideshow above to read about why some locals love working at night and how others have seen things they wish they could forget. 



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