Tech Exec "Outraged" At Having To See "Homeless Riff-Raff", Warns Of Revolution

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In an open letter to San Francisco's mayor Ed Lee, tech entrepreneur Justin Keller said he is "outraged" that wealthy workers have to see people in pain and despair. As The Guardian reports,

The latest cultural altercation between San Francisco’s tech workers and the city’s impoverished population finds one such 'entitled' citizen declaring the homeless are "riff raff" whose "pain, struggle and despair" shouldn’t have to be endured by "wealthy" people commuting to work.

Full Open Letter (via JustInk)...

I am writing today, to voice my concern and outrage over the increasing homeless and drug problem that the city is faced with. I’ve been living in SF for over three years, and without a doubt it is the worst it has ever been. Every day, on my way to, and from work, I see people sprawled across the sidewalk, tent cities, human feces, and the faces of addiction. The city is becoming a shanty town… Worst of all, it is unsafe.


This holiday weekend, I had my parents in town from Santa Barbara and relatives from Denver and Rochester New York. Unfortunately, there was three separate incidents and countless times that we were approached for money and harassed.


The first incident involved a homeless drunken man in the morning coming up to their car and leaning up against it. Another bystander got frustrated with the drunken man, and they got into a heated pushing and shoving altercation.


The second incident occurred as we were leaving Tadich Grill in the financial district. A distraught, and high person was right in front of the restaurant, yelling, screaming, yelling about cocaine, and even, attempted to pull his pants down and show his genitals.


Finally, last night Valentines, I was at Kabuki Theater inside watching a movie. About two hours into the film, a man stumbled in the front door. He proceeded to walk into the theater, down the aisle to the front, wobbled toward the emergency door, opened it, and then took his shirt off and laid down. He then came back into the theater shielding his eyes from the running projector. My girlfriend was terrified and myself and many people ran out of the theater.


What are you going to do to address this problem? The residents of this amazing city no longer feel safe. I know people are frustrated about gentrification happening in the city, but the reality is, we live in a free market society. The wealthy working people have earned their right to live in the city. They went out, got an education, work hard, and earned it. I shouldn’t have to worry about being accosted. I shouldn’t have to see the pain, struggle, and despair of homeless people to and from my way to work every day. I want my parents when they come visit to have a great experience, and enjoy this special place.


I am telling you, there is going to be a revolution. People on both sides are frustrated, and you can sense the anger. The city needs to tackle this problem head on, it can no longer ignore it and let people do whatever they want in the city. I don’t have a magic solution… It is a very difficult and complex situation, but somehow during Super Bowl, almost all of the homeless and riff raff seem to up and vanish. I’m willing to bet that was not a coincidence. Money and political pressure can make change. So it is time to start making progress, or we as citizens will make a change in leadership and elect new officials who can.


Democracy is not the last stop in politics. In-fact, the order of progression according to Socrates via Plato in the Republic goes: timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, and finally tyranny. Socrates argues that a society will decay and pass through each government in succession, eventually becoming a tyranny.


“The greater my city, the greater the individual.”

Finally, having been throughly abused we suspect, Keller appended the following to his "open letter"...

"I want to apologize for using the term riff raff. It was insensitive and counterproductive."

And in an email to the Guardian, Keller added that he was writing an additional blog post about the issue.

“The thesis of the post was that inaction by the city and officials is not working. We all as citizens of San Francisco need to figure out how we can improve the city and address the homeless and drug addiction problem straight on,” he said.


I in no way meant to vilify homeless or drug users, my frustration was that we as citizens don’t feel safe. The amount of violent crime is increasing, and it affects everybody. What specific measures is the city taking to proactively help the homeless and drug addicted?


“Instead of crucifying me, we all as citizens should be crucifying the city and elected government officials for ineptness. The status quo is not working.”

Oh well I'm sure you're forgiven then... Let's ask one of the homeless riff raff themselves...

“Being homeless is like being the germ of the city. That’s how they treat you,” said Bercé Perry, a homeless resident of San Francisco. Perry was standing outside his tent in an encampment underneath the Highway 101 overpass. The 42-year-old said he had been homeless for about one year, and he has little patience for the distaste some people have for his presence in the city.


“They don’t care about nobody but themselves,” Perry said about the wealthy tech workers who’ve moved into San Francisco. “If you got money, you just want to grab anything you can get.”

ne wonders just how close to homeless Keller will be when his "" collapses?

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TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) Feb 18, 2016 6:33 PM

One of the main problems is that homeless shelters do not allow drugs in the facilities so the drug addict homeless people would rather sleep on the streets.  In NY Guilliani did a pretty good job of getting rid of the homeless, someone should ask him where he put them during his terms.

Antifaschistische's picture

I know....let's make SF a sanctuary city!!!!   oh wait...

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Antifaschistische Feb 18, 2016 6:53 PM

With the amount of rent (property tax) that I have to pay to my progressive local government there is a good chance that I'll be homeless at some point.  If I can't afford to pay my gubmint tax (rent) the progressives will take my home and sell it in order to pay the HUGE pensions that they promised gubmint employees.

The Juggernaut's picture

That's sad he thinks so wrongly about the homelessness situation.  Homelessness should be treated as a mental health issue.

Bastiat's picture

It really took off when they emptied the mental hospitals.

Calmyourself's picture

I'm calling it:  The Marie Antoinette moment has arrived "let them eat cake"  cake being the dregs left in the ovens after baking is completed.  The rallying cry to lop off her head.  Yes, I know she most likely never said it, doesn't matter the point stands.  The Anti-Jacobin's are on the way.  Lets hope we can minimize the excesses of Robespierre or maybe not at least as pertains to the above..

SWRichmond's picture

The Marie Antoinette moment has arrived "let them eat cake"

+1.  "I just moved to Panem's wonderful Capitol three years ago, and it's like I'm living in one of those awful Districts!"

tmosley's picture

>free market society

>San Fransisco


You get what you pay for, and you paid a lot for social programs that appeal to the poor while also paying insane housing costs driving all of them into the streets.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Should people who don't work shouldn't get to live in the finest areas?  See any homeless hanging out in Baltimore or Detroit? They always go to the absolute best areas - where the middle class workers can barely afford to live.

Bumpo's picture

I always thought Santa Barbara would make a nice place to be homeless. Last I visited, they tolerated it. Time to pile on California. Let's let Socialism run its course.

Durrmockracy's picture
Durrmockracy (not verified) Bumpo Feb 18, 2016 7:37 PM

As an entitled tech worker myself, I am sick of seeing you dummies and your posts.

Son of Loki's picture

I've got an idea; lets put the Homeless Riff Raff on a luxury cruise ship in the SF Bay!

NidStyles's picture

Let me guess, he's another one of those mulit-cult faggots that promotes free immigration but doesn't want a dime going to help the homeless Vets.


Just a side not, car registration in my city is 9 dollars. The taxation for that said registration. 250 dollars. Something is going to give soon, and it's like the necks of the progressives. Their "lifestyles" are what is impoverishing all of these people.


knukles's picture

Where's that asshole work?  Goldman Sachs?
Arrogant little fuck

LasVegasDave's picture

Of course, the answer is to display some masculine behaviour, and force the offending riff raff face first onto the sidewalk, followed by a swift kick in the ass.


Has worked for milleniums.


too bad we are such a pussified society that such a common sense solution would invite lawsuits and media harrasment.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Maybe after clean up San Francisco, some genius is come help Boris extricate fat lazy nephew from couch.

DeadFred's picture

Boris, you let him get onto the couch now he's your problem. Own up to it man.

The9thDoctor's picture

With the way housing costs are in the Bay Area, I'm surprised homelessness is as LOW as it is over there.

We have surpassed the 2006 peak before the bubble burst.

Hopefully the housing bubble 2.0 pops, and fast. It is way overdue for a correction.

Arnold's picture

Tech bubble deflating as well.

Apple campus/tent city

You decide.

rccalhoun's picture

don't worry, hillary is doing the worrying for you....and remember, hillary loves you.


(my personal note to 'tech exec')

tc06rtw's picture

I agree he shouldn’t have to see this. We could poke his eyes out …

Four chan's picture

diversity enrichment. what not a multiculturist? i bet you still love npr and its "programming".

JRobby's picture

Congratulations Mr. Keller, you just moved yourself up the list by several hundred places. A blessing I guess as he won't have to watch hundreds go before him wondering what number he is.

PT's picture

Someone tell him to stop being a tight-ass.  If he doesn't like this city, then he should buy his own city.

Lumberjack's picture

Boris' wife invited him. Boris is not like doghouse.

Mr. Universe's picture

Clean up San Franshitsco? Never going to happen. Don't even get me started with .gov helper types. It just gets worse and worse. I was involved several years ago with trying to help the homeless until one day I understood. They don't care more about being homeless than they do about their booze and drugs. Even with the knowledge it is literally killing them they don't want to stop. There is no helping that. This is the vast majority of the homeless on the streets of SF. We need freaking Dirty Harry to roust these bums down to Colma where they belong.

Dreadnought's picture the city waiting for the City to Die to die... 

Abbie Normal's picture

We were lost in Emeryville after dark last month and it was almost like driving through a town in The Walking Dead.  The locals just stare and point as you drive by....

overthehill's picture

I wonder what government is using the FEMA camps for? Perhaps they might be good places to put people for drug use rehabilitation. . . .

Iam_Silverman's picture

"come help Boris extricate fat lazy nephew from couch."

Alas, poor Boris has forgotten the cleansing nature of fire!

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Iam_Silverman Feb 18, 2016 11:15 PM

I have the answer for the Tech Brats.....get the fuck out of the city.

Nobody likes you, you destroyed the city with your high wages, spy buses, arrogant attitudes.



Confused's picture

Agreed. Its the same everywhere. Half of NY are not native New Yorkers. 

I like how he starts by saying he has lived in SF for alittle over three years. And by his measure, it is the worst it has ever been. 


True Blue's picture

Like those people who buy a house next to an airport and then complain about the noise.

old naughty's picture

"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." ~ Dalai Lama


And folks, i am afraid "We're nearing the end." as David Stockman calls it.

Arnold's picture

Three years is half a lifetime.

buttmint's picture

Boris---BUY your nephew a Greyhound bus ticket across country!

better him a one way flight ticket to Mexico City or Detroit in the wintertime!

bookofenoch's picture


He's a pussy. He ran out of the theater when the guy took his shirt off (thus increasing my assessment that the homeless guy was unarmed). He wrung his hands when someone leaned against his car, and did nothing but clutch his purse to his moobs.

I can hear his falsetto wailing from here.

Socratic Dog's picture

Fuck Knuk's, you're so insensitive.  Couldn't you feel the guy's pain?  I mean, the terror of it all, encountering a guy shielding his eyes from the light in the theatre.  Wouldn't you run away too?  Let alone a guy leaning against his car.  Poor fella pissed his pants with fear.

We need to support guys like this Knuk's, not laugh at them. When they come to take our guns... ah fuck, I just can't be bothered.  Punch the prick one in the back of the neck for me.

XuscitizenSweden's picture

< Tribe

< Goyim

^^^^^^ VOTE HERE ^^^^^^ entrepreneur Justin Keller >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

>>>>>  Tribe Member was my 1st thought...................................


Decide for yourself:

Refuse-Resist's picture

Definitely of the Inuit persuasion.

buttmint's picture

The Minnow perhaps?

For "...a three hour cruise?"

DeathMerchant's picture

If you truly are a tech worker, then you have a pencil neck, spaghetti arms and get an erection every time you see Greg in Animal House.

palmereldritch's picture

I had an encounter with Socialism just this morning. A lumbering fat chick blocking the stairwell cost me my train.

tenpanhandle's picture

She should be sent to the woods where her lumbering proclivities will pay off (and help her slim down).

jeff montanye's picture

it's just a case of finding the right time and the right place for the right person.

that and make the rest of the drugs as cheap and legal as alcohol, letting nature take its course.

oh and subsidize birth control and abortion rather than making them harder to get.

p.s. i hope english is keller's second language

Gab Timov's picture

"See any homeless hanging out in Baltimore...?"




There are panhandlers in the areas with shops and foot traffic...just about everyday. As for actual homeless people in Baltimore? A few years ago, they were camping out en masse in the parks near city hall and the central district police headquarters until they were evicted. These days, there are multiple charities in place to help the homeless in Baltimore.