Annual “4-20 Day” Irks SFGov Because It Can’t Make Money Off Of It – But Whole Foods Stanyan Just Looooves It

It’s funny how some of the white, wizened, wealthy homeowners of the Western Addition (you know, the Nopa, the NOPNA, the Alamo Square) used to try to lobby the corner liquor stores of the 94117 to shut down on their busiest day of the year, Bay to Breakers Sunday.

Needless to say, the lika sto owners told the richers to go to Hell, you know, effectively, by staying open and selling all the booze they could sell.

Now let’s head over to SoPa (South of Panhandle, I’m srsly, that’s the term some realtors use) to see the Haight Stanyan Whole Foods getting ready on the day before its busiest day of the year, April 20th:

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So, WF is happy, but Rec and Park is all, “Well, how is this event good for us?”

Sorry RPD, 420 is NOT good for you. (Why not just shut it down? Oh, that’s right, you can’t.)

Oh well.

Here’s how things will go in 2016 – it should be a relatively mellow Hump Day Wednesday:

The unofficial time line of 420 day
An example of the typical rundown from tokeofthetown.com – things may change from year to year, especially if 4/20 falls midweek.

  • 10:30 am – The “unofficial” vendors usually begin to arrive
  • 1 pm – The crowds start to get a bit thick as does the haze of smoke over the crowd
  • 3 pm – It’s now wall-to-wall stoners
  • 4:20 pm – It’s go time: crowd is at their peak, drum beats get more frenzied, and hippie girls twirl faster as 4:20 approaches

A good day to call in sick / play hooky..

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2 Responses to “Annual “4-20 Day” Irks SFGov Because It Can’t Make Money Off Of It – But Whole Foods Stanyan Just Looooves It”

  1. ḃ◎◎☤ says:

    RPD does make money off of it. It is now a PR item and annual photo op for GM Phil Ginsburg to to promote and plead for resources for the dept. A few dumpster size containers placed throughout the easily accessed paved path/roadways and porta potties would be a much more intelligent pro active approach. Might even save them some $.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    I hear you.

    I think they put out some small recycling containers last year. We’ll see how it goes…

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