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San Francisco employees eat at work. City Hall wants to punish them
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Michael Ejercito
2018-08-16 16:47:31 UTC
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San Francisco employees eat at work. City Hall wants to punish them
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By Jeff Jacoby GLOBE COLUMNIST AUGUST 14, 2018
TWO MEMBERS of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors have come up with an
idea to make their city great again: Ban company cafeterias in new
commercial office buildings. Ahsha Safaí and Aaron Peskin are proposing a
change in the zoning code that would end the practice, especially popular in
the tech industry, of providing free or discounted food for employees at
on-site cafeterias. Their goal: Force hungry employees to leave their
workplaces and patronize nearby restaurants. Shutting down private
cafeterias is an example of “forward looking legislation,” Peskin told the
San Francisco Examiner. “People will have to go out and eat lunch with the
rest of us.”

Safaí and Peskin introduced their measure at a joint press conference with
the director of the local restaurant association, which is delighted by the
prospect of using government coercion to direct more business to its
members. As an instance of blatant rent-seeking by private businesses trying
to avoid competition, this is beyond shameless. But it’s especially
appalling as an example of public policy-making.

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“We don’t want employees biking or driving into their office, staying there
all day long, and going home,” Safaí declared. “This is about getting people
out of their office, interacting with the community, and adding to the
vibrancy of the community.”

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As confirmed liberals, Safaí and Peskin may take it for granted that
everything is the government’s business — up to and including where
employees have lunch or what perks an employer is allowed to provide.

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But as San Francisco residents, even Safaí and Peskin must know that if
there’s a fundamental problem with “the vibrancy of the community,” it has
little to do with cafeterias — and far more to do with the growing
befoulment of the streets.

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A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle describes the “worsening
underbelly” of the City by the Bay: “People injecting themselves with drugs
in broad daylight, their dirty needles and other garbage strewn on the
sidewalks. Tent camps. Human feces. The threatening behavior of people who
appear either mentally ill or high. Petty theft.”

As far back as 2015, the story noted, some of the nation’s largest
professional organizations had sent a letter to San Francisco’s mayor,
warning of the consequences of letting the city’s public spaces become so
gross. “The letter complained of dirty streets, threatening street behavior,
and public defecation, and said that if the situation didn’t improve . . .
conventions will not rebook San Francisco.”

But the situation hasn’t improved. In 2017, according to the Associated
Press, San Francisco “logged more than 24,300 requests for human-waste
cleanup and 9,500 for needle pick-up.” So severe has the public defecation
problem become that there is even an online map to track the concentrations
of human dung and help pedestrians avoid it.

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“And it’s not just poop,” as the Hoover Institution’s Erielle Davidson
observes in The Federalist. “The overwhelming smell of urine on parts of
Mission Street and Market Street would make your nose bleed.”

Companies with offices located not far from Mission and Market streets
include Uber, LinkedIn, Twitter, Dolby, and Yahoo, all of which maintain
on-site cafeterias for their employees. Given the choice between eating at
work or braving the “the overwhelming smell of urine” a couple blocks away,
why wouldn’t workers choose to have lunch at the office? And why would
anyone want to take that choice away from them?

Banning things comes naturally to San Francisco’s politicos, who have passed
ordinances prohibiting everything from toys in Happy Meals to flavored
tobacco products to plastic straws to electronic scooters. Now they’re
targeting company cafeterias. And all the while, San Francisco is gradually
turning into an open-air cesspool.

Safaí and Peskin are right. Something does need to be done to repair “the
vibrancy of the community” they work for. But boy, are they looking in the
wrong place.

Jeff Jacoby can be reached at ***@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter
@jeff_jacoby.


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NEMO
2018-08-16 21:49:22 UTC
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On Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:47:31 -0700, "Michael Ejercito"
Post by Michael Ejercito
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San Francisco employees eat at work. City Hall wants to punish them
By Jeff Jacoby GLOBE COLUMNIST AUGUST 14, 2018
If this took place in San Francisco, it must mean the employees are
either fags, niggers or both. Therefore, they have no rights of any
kind. They should be happy they have a job and forego any thoughts of
eating. Lunch breaks are a privilege reserved for White people.
The Peeler
2018-08-16 22:16:54 UTC
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On Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:49:22 -0400, Loose Sphincter, the unhappily married
Post by NEMO
Post by Michael Ejercito
http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2018/08/14/san-francisco-employees-eat-work-city-hall-wants-punish-them/65AO19TNqzQV4ACqjICOoN/story.html
San Francisco employees eat at work. City Hall wants to punish them
By Jeff Jacoby GLOBE COLUMNIST AUGUST 14, 2018
If this took place in San Francisco, it must mean the employees are
either fags, niggers or both. Therefore, they have no rights of any
kind. They should be happy they have a job and forego any thoughts of
eating. Lunch breaks are a privilege reserved for White people.
ROTFLOL! What a blithering idiot! LOL
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Loose Sphincter about his passion:
" I love eating the Shit out of Poor Helpless Dumb Goran Razovic! LOL"
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