Someone in San Francisco purchased a full-page ad Friday telling city residents to “Watch your backs — nobody else is.”
“As if stepping over used syringes and filth in Maiden Lane wasn’t bad enough,” reads the ad, which is paid for by the Fed Up Populace Campaign.
The ad was first spotted by Business Insider.
The notice details an alleged incident in which the anonymous ad purchaser went into an eatery to get a sandwich and was being stalked by a scissor-wielding “youngish homeless man.”
“Horrified, I yelled to the waitress and hurried to the other side of the restaurant,” the story continued. “While waiting for security, this psychotic homeless person took a glass of water and walked out of the door onto Geary St. wielding the scissors.”
The “anonymous disgusted female San Francisco resident (for now)” was sure to add that she doesn’t think it’s the establishment’s fault, but rather blames “The San Francisco fathers and those who should be held accountable for our public safety.”
It is not clear if “Fed Up Populace Campaign” is a legitimate movement or not, as it doesn’t seem to be accessible in any way on the internet.
Nevertheless, the ad appears to further show how serious residents in San Francisco see the homelessness crisis, which has been causing a strain in the city for some time.
Some, however, have called the San Francisco Chronicle’s willingness to place the ad inappropriate, since it allegedly “bashes homeless people with obvious mental health issues.”
Many of those same residents view the thriving tech industry as an anathema that is causing house prices to skyrocket, and thus fueling the amount of vagrants — even though they are also a boon to the local and national economy. Many protests have ensued as a result.
Newly elected Mayor London Breed, a Democrat, promised to address the most apparent challenges like homelessness, the related street cleanliness, and housing.
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