Chicken dung was used to keep people — described by area merchants as homeless and drug addicts — from camping outside a Surrey building.

A worker at Kim Thanh supermarket, who asked not to be named, said the dung was used in a lot across the street from his market earlier this month. The smelly mix was placed there by city trucks along the walls to get people to move.

“They had tarps and even umbrellas,” he said of the makeshift tents.

Yesterday, the lot was empty and the smell had subsided.

The worker added that he thinks the dung was removed this weekend because he saw trucks at the lot “sucking it” and forming clouds of dust.

Minh Le, owner of Nam’s Fastfood, also located across the street from the lot, said the area around 135A Street and 108 Avenue is frequented by drug dealers, addicts and prostitutes.

“This area, including this plaza, you have a lot of homeless people coming in here every day and night,” he said. “At least around 40 people.”

Le said his clients have told him they don’t feel comfortable and some don’t return.

The chicken dung was placed next to the Front Run Drop In Centre. A receptionist there said that no one was available to comment yesterday.

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