The recent New York Times article about the San Francisco shuttle bus service offered to Google, Facebook, and Yahoo employees was an eye opener.
But I guess this is California and things are very different out there…
So… These tech companies with offices a good drive from San Francisco were looking for a way to reduce traffic, lower emissions, and probably improve safety for their employees who might be a little beat at the end of a twelve hour day coding the next great thing.
But… All there good intentions have sparked a little conflict with some of the fine people who live in San Francisco. They are picketing, protesting, breaking windows and even targeting certain mild mannered employees with nasty banners out in front of their houses. And just in case you don’t see the banner these concerned citizens are passing out leaflets in the neighborhood. “Do you know your neighbor is a coder for Google?… What dangers lurk among us?”
But there is more…
Even worse, these high tech interlopers are buying up and renting all the available housing in San Francisco. Many restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques are going upscale to serve these more affluent customers. And all this seems to really be pissing people off.
Let me get this straight… Some guy who was picked on back in high school because he was a “nerd” goes out and gets a Computer Science degree, lands a high-paying job with a leading tech company, moves into an expensive San Francisco apartment with his Nerdette and little Nerdlings then… out come these bullies from high school to pick on him again.
Get it… That’s all this really is. Bullies picking on people who are different. It’s not religion and not race. They are being picked on because they make more money.
I’m afraid we have not seem the last of stories like these. Stay tuned….