Posts Tagged ‘sign’

Commemorating 501 Weeks on the Streets of San Francisco: The FALLEN, FALLEN IS BABYLON Guy

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Just a guess on the 501 weeks part, but this guy’s been out there on Market a long, long time – at least since the aughts.

Anyway, this “one original” man must have “endless stories” of Life on the Street by now.

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Remember when Willie Brown turned Market Street into the Champs-Élysées Of The West? I do. And then a good part of it “transformed” into the “world-class” Twitterloin.

But all I see is how much the place has stayed the same…

Your Friendly Neighborhood “STALKING ALERT” – Does This Kind of Thing Work? IDK – A Yelp for Help North of the Panhandle

Friday, April 29th, 2016

I’ve never seen this:

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Oy Vey: “OyShaughnessy” – This is How Our PUC Spells O’Shaughnessy These Days

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Welcome to Frisco, SFPUC

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All right, I’m off to OyShaughnessy Dam for a little picnic with Miss OyShaughnessy.  I’ll pick her up at the Cathedral Building on California and then we’ll drive down OyShaughnessy and then go past the OyShaughnessy Seawall. And then I’m going to help track down her sister.

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Brigid seems real nice!

“Celebrity Chef” Traci Des Jardins Goes Beyond the Pale with a 15% “Surcharge” – Mijita at the Ferry Building – Our Poor Tourists!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Via Reddit comes news to me:

Can someone please explain to me this SF specific tax?

And here it is:

“A 15% surcharge has been added to your bill to help offset rising employer costs in SF”

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The degredients are listed so it wasn’t hard to see that this is poorly-rated Mijita Cocina Mexicana (1 Ferry Bldg,  Ste 44, San Francisco, CA 94111, Embarcadero, SoMa, South Beach) we’re talking about here.

SO, I’m familiar with the high costs of doing business in San Francisco.

AND, I know aboot bogus 4% surcharges already, eh?

But FIFTEEN (15!) PERCENT? That’s beyond the pale.

Now let’s here from the horse’s mouth (or whatever), you know, herself: From Fast Company: Educate customers about cost increases, and find creative ways to pass them on.”

An excerpt:

When the health-care mandate was passed three years ago, Des Jardins was already paying half of her employee’s health care, so as a line on her P&L, the costs were already significant. The change made them “unsustainable,” she says, and even then they didn’t impose cost increases for customers for six months. Today, each bill at Jardiniére comes with a 4% line-item surcharge labeled “Stay healthy, San Francisco.” “We tried to build the cost into [the menu], but you’ve got different trends in what sells and what doesn’t, so it didn’t work to cover the cost,” she says. “It was rough in the beginning, but local people have gotten used to it—they realize that they voted it in. It’s harder for people from out of town, but it’s a lot like staying in a hotel—you get the hotel price, and then 20% later, you’ve paid your bill.”

So, this was back in the day, and at another joint (the not poorly rated Jardinere), but it shows the mindset. Let’s go:

1. So, there are “creative ways” to pass on cost increases and there are HONEST ways, right?

2. It “didn’t work to cover the cost?” What does this mean? Does it mean that you couldn’t simply raise prices? But oh yes you could!

3. “They voted it in?” IDTS! First of all, the “voters” in this case were the eleven members of the Board of Supervisors, not your typical customer of Traci Des Jardins. Second of all, they didn’t vote to impose a surcharge, which is simply something that some local restaurateurs decided to do on their own.

4. And it’s “harder for people from out of town” because, because some of them realize, only too late, that they’ve been led down le chemin de [Traci] Jardin[s], or led down the garden path, right?

Now I’ve seen gas stations do the same thing, do the same kind of pouting, but, similarly, it’s tout a fait inapproprie, amiright?

And, speaking of which, what if a gas station advertised on its big signs the price per gallon BEFORE a random “15% surcharge” gets added in – would we tolerate that?

Oh, and another thing – this, this here is wrong wrong wrong:

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Now what if somebody from our CA State Board of Equalization (The Nation’s Second-Largest Tax Agency, I’m srsly) looked inside the four corners of this receipt. S/he would say, “Oh, the owner of this joint has gone stir crazy and is now charging customers a 23.75% sales tax. Ergo, all this money needs to be remitted to the great State of California.” I’m srsly.

So, what “Celebrity Chef” Tracy Des Jardins should do is raise her prices 15%, or whatever she wants – I don’t care, and then ditch the absurd surcharge, which, you know, should be illegal. (Oh what’s that, you’ll go out of bidness? Fine, who cares. Make room for somebody else at Ferry Building Stall #44.)

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Street Koan: “STOPPING IS A PART OF DRIVING?” – Mindless Sloganeering OR It Really Makes You Think?

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

This sign from The Richmond sort of makes a mockery of street safety, IMO

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What’s next, “NEATNESS COUNTS,” “HASTE MAKES WASTE,” or “THE FAMILY THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER?”

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Turns Out That the Best Way to Fill Up the Parking Lot at the Horrible LUCKY PENNY Diner was SHUTTING THE PLACE DOWN

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Here’s the lot of our former LUCKY PENNY (“People Hate Us On YELP!”) as it is these days:

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Man, the only time I’ve seen as many cars here was that week in December when news got out that the joint was going kaput. (Otherwise, this place was like a ghost town in the daytime…)

So now this parcel of land can fulfill its highest and best purpose – as a parking lot for neighboring Trader Joe’s #100:

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Good times.

Hey, are people living inside the Lucky Penny, our Brokedown Palace these days? IDK. But what are the people in there doing?

Oh well.

Shades of Cosmo Kramer: “SHAME ON WHOLE FOODS FOR DISCOUNTING WORKERS WAGES & BENEFITS!!”

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Word on the street, Haight Street and Stanyan:

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Post Office Branch Inadvertently Makes Its Own Font – Serifs a Go-Go – “STATE DISABLED PARKING PERMIT REQUIRED”

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

At first. I thought that this might have been on purpose:

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But no, it’s just arrested decay, as this nearby sign indicates

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Frisco’s Newest Micro-Neighborhood: “Fellbury” – It’s at Fell and Ashbury, Get It? – “What Am I Wearing? Fellbury, Of Course”

Friday, December 18th, 2015

In the spirit of McBaker, at McAllister and Baker, comes “Fellbury.”

As seen (guess where!) at the intersection of Fell and Ashbury:

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$31 T-shirts will never be the same.

What’s next – Claybury, Colbury, Shrabury, or Stanbury? Or perhaps Fellton, Fellon, Fellder, or Fellyan?

We Can Only Hope.

Stop the Presses: 24-Hour Diner LUCKY PENNY No Longer 24-Hour – Put This Icon on Your Bucket List, Afore It’s Too Late

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Here’s how it used to be, via the Yelp:

Mon Open 24 hours
Tue Open 24 hours Open now
Wed Open 24 hours
Thu Open 24 hours
Fri Open 24 hours
Sat Open 24 hours
Sun Open 24 hours

But this is how things are now, closing early on Monday Tuesday Wednesday nights:

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(That’s right – not 9:30 P, 9:20 P.)

How soon afore this valuable parcel, betwixt Trader Joe’s & City Target West and smackdab at the crossroads of Geary & Masonic, will become mad million dollar plus condos? IOW, How Soon Is Now?

The writing’s on the wall, so let’s visit, like for the first time in my life, ever, in all my years.

Oh look, no waiting!

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I’m never going back, but I’m glad I went, you know, afore it leaves us…