Real tech worker says SF homeless "grotesque," "degenerates," "trash"

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Just a day after a fake tech worker blew up the Internet with class hatred, an actual tech worker spewed hatred for real -- and it’s worse than anything that our political thespian had to say.

As first reported by tech blog Valleywag, AngelHack founder and CEO Greg Gopman posted this gem on his Facebook yesterday: 

Just got back to SF. I've traveled around the world and I gotta say there is nothing more grotesque than walking down market st in San Francisco. Why the heart of our city has to be overrun by crazy, homeless, drug dealers, dropouts, and trash I have no clue. Each time I pass it my love affair with SF dies a little.

He has since deleted the post and apologized, but it’s hard to come back from the rest of what he wrote: 

The difference is in other cosmopolitan cities, the lower part of society keep to themselves. They sell small trinkets, beg coyly, stay quiet, and generally stay out of your way. They realize it's a privilege to be in the civilized part of town and view themselves as guests. And that's okay. 

In downtown SF the degenerates gather like hyenas, spit, urinate, taunt you, sell drugs, get rowdy, they act like they own the center of the city. Like it's their place of leisure... In actuality it's the business district for one of the wealthiest cities in the USA. It a disgrace. I don't even feel safe walking down the sidewalk without planning out my walking path. 

You can preach compassion, equality, and be the biggest lover in the world, but there is an area of town for degenerates and an area of town for the working class. There is nothing positive gained from having them so close to us. It's a burden and a liability having them so close to us. Believe me, if they added the smallest iota of value I'd consider thinking different, but the crazy toothless lady who kicks everyone that gets too close to her cardboard box hasn't made anyone's life better in a while.

Emphasis added by Valleywag. The Internet machine didn’t take long in shaming him. Cue social media shaming in  3, 2, 1….

The plot thickens, though, as it appears AngelHack has a Twitter bot that scours the Internet for anyone writing about the company, and instantly retweets them. 

It’s already retweeted many of the hate tweets towards Gopman. His own company is throwing fuel in the flames of his Internet hate. 

This is his apology, written just this morning:

Last night, I made inappropriate comments about San Francisco and its less fortunate citizens on Market st. I'm really sorry for my comments. I trivialized the plight of those struggling to get by and I shouldn't have. I hope this thread can help start an open discussion on what changes we can make to fix these serious problems. Again, I am deeply sorry.

It’s this kind of class hatred from tech workers that made performances like that of union organizer Max Bell Alper yesterday totally believable, leading to one important question: Can you hack empathy? 


Capitalism always leads to an uneven wealth distribution. If you're good at gaming the system, you'll do well and be rich. But a lot of people aren't. It's easy to see those people as lazy and/or inferior because according to the system they are! Societies should be run on systems that are in line with the morals and values of the majority. To point fingers and judge this guy seems hypocritical in the extreme because his views are at least a logical extension of a system most people seem to be okay with.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 28, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

Suddenly we have to support and take care of the homeless and disabled for all time? If you cannot afford to live in a city, simply put, you don't live there. Why does everyone want to spend outside of their means? If you can't afford the rent. You seriously need to reconsider where you live.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 28, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

Greg Gopman just wined and complained like a spoiled brat about a serious problem in San Francisco, placing blame squarely on the most vulnerable people in society. Funny that the former CEO of a company formed to solve problems can't provide solution based criticism.

People like Gopman seem to think that money makes them more intelligent. "The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient tomorrow."-William Pollard... Gopman quickly found that he was replaceable.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 28, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

Whoever wrote this, thousands of people that got asshurt over a facebook post doesn't contistute as the internet, you generalization fock.

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Posted by Helen on Feb. 18, 2014 @ 8:29 am

Not surprising at all. California was in many ways a perpetrator of the homeless problem when they voted Ronald Reagan into the governor's mansion and he immediately closed five mental institutions, throwing thousands of mentally ill people onto the streets.

Decades later the problem persists because there is no will to fix this problem. In a community where you buy one-room condos for a million dollars, you find people unable to find shelter. Big surprise right?

So even though this boorish person gets the jerk award of the year, what is to said about his critics? Seems to me he's guilty of saying out loud what this nation's elites think in private. They wish the problem would go away without having to take responsibility for a relatively inexpensive fix. It really is inexpensive in terms of social cost really. Here in San Diego the community pays about $80,000 a year per chronic homeless person for medical and emergency services (the hospital bills are paid by someone) because they don't have insurance and they live on the street, so they end up in the hospital six or seven times a year. How much less would it cost to house them and give them preventative services?

Everyone shares the blame. Why do you think he observed foreign cities not having this problem like San Francisco? It' she cause they don't let greed and ideology get in the way of treating all humans as people should be treated. With dignity and compassion.

Posted by Eric on Feb. 22, 2014 @ 7:36 am

Maybe all of you hipsters,"homeless" temporary techies think about what you've been doing to SF lately. Go ahead and fight over SF but youre all midwest interlopers. SF is your playground. No worries about the generations you and greedy ass landlords pushed out. Write home to mom and dad in Iowa and brag how you helped make SF cool

Posted by SF native 3rd generation st ARMY st etc on Feb. 28, 2014 @ 8:33 pm

In San Francisco, us natives are loving, welcoming and diverse people. I believe I can speak on behalf of most of us. But please have respect. Respect our elders. Please stop littering 16th and Mission with PBR cans and vomit, but also, quit pushing us out. We are happy for you that you can pay $2000 rent. Really, good for you. Please hipsters, respect us natives. NOT "locals" but NATIVES.

Posted by SF native 3rd generation st ARMY st etc on Feb. 28, 2014 @ 8:47 pm

Dear all of you affluent waspy folks that have been waltzing in SF the last 15-20 years. Not all of us SF people had white picket fences, puppy-dogs and ice-cream trucks growing up. And after 3 to 4 generations we still couldn't afford a house. None of you folks will ever know the warm feeling of candlestick park, niners winning the Super Bowl or the earthquake on October 17. Keep pretending. Just stick to your tornadoes in your cornfields. At least you vanilla wasps are breeding your entitled sterile little Wonderbread babies here. Those are our new natives. Yikes! Snowflakes with helicopter parents in SUV strollers. (He's, NOE, I mean you) SF IS DEAD. Thanks rich hipsters and interlopers. In the Mission, we are laughing at you.

Posted by SF native 3rd generation st ARMY st etc on Feb. 28, 2014 @ 9:40 pm

in SF when I moved here 24 years ago.

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