In a video taken at Monday morning's Google bus protest in the Mission District, SF Bay Guardian reporter Joe Fitz Rodriguez captured a heated exchange* between an alleged Google employee and a protester. Both sides are reasonably frustrated, but what follows isn't pretty.
In the video, a young man confronts Erin McElroy, who is also in charge of the eviction mapping project, and shouts that San Francisco is no longer a city for the many. "How long have you lived in this city?" McElroy asks the unidentified man. He screams back, "Why don't you go to a city that can afford it? This is a city for the right people who can afford it. You can't afford it? You can leave. I'm sorry, get a better job."
He also notes that he's lived in the area for six months.
We should point out that this guy's let-them-eat-cake response is so good and so villainous that he could very well be a plant. Something to keep in mind.
This tête-à-tête erupted shortly after a group of protesters blocked a private bus from using a Muni bus stop to pick up employees.
* UPDATE I: As we initially pointed out, today's heated (and questionable) showdown between a Google employee and a protester was entirely staged. Too bad as stuff like that damages the revolución.
NEW INFORMATION: "Google" employee shoutout earlier today at bus protest was staged by union organizer. http://t.co/n0WB0biEUY— Joe Fitz Rodriguez (@FitzTheReporter) December 9, 2013
UDPATE II: Today's fake cantankerous Google employee is actually Max Alper. SF Bay Guardian once interviewed him for an Occupy thing back in 2011. Also, per usual, Susie Cagle was on it well before the media.
UPDATE III: Of course.