Posts Tagged ‘yelp’

Uh Oh: Short Term, Electric-Powered, Rental Bikes / Scooters and THE HELMET ISSUE – How FordGoBike, LimeBikes and BIRD are Handling Things

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

1) First up are the Ford Motor people – here’s some marketing from them:

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See that? It’s Chinatown! Anyway, these fashion models are on 2018 versions of a FordGoBike. Unlike the 2017 versions, which were/are comically heavy and astonishingly expensive (you’ll find out just how much after yours turns up missing and they send you in to the SFPD to file a report), these new rides are electric powered, the better to compete with the new orange-red JUMP! bikes.

But look closer – these tourists packed their helmets. Now that’s some amazing foresight.

Let’s wait and see if this becomes a thing, this carrying a helmet around all day in anticipation of coming across a rental bike thing. (I don’t think it will.)

2. Limebike is giving away helmets I hear. Maybe to their users, maybe in SF, maybe on Sunday. They might be a bit garish, something like this…

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…but I won’t laugh at you.

(Is a bike helmet and a scooter helmet the same thing? IDK.)

3.  What’s next, oh BIRD. Look what they’re cooking up for us:

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And here’s the current version of AB2989.

Notably:

“The bill would, among other provisions, require the minor operator of a standup electric scooter to wear a bicycle helmet while operating the standup electric scooter.”

See how that works? Through this hocus pocus, helmets would no longer be required for adult electric scooter riders on the Streets of California. (Did I say streets? I shoulda said sidewalks, as:

“(b) Except as provided in subdivision (c), a standup electric scooter may be operated on sidewalks and may be parked in the same manner and at the same locations as a bicycle may be parked.
(c) A local authority may adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution prohibiting or restricting persons from riding or propelling a standup electric scooter on highways, sidewalks, or roadways.”)

So there you have it. You can handle the looming HELMET ISSUE through marketing efforts, giveaways, or just going to Sac Town to change laws in order to favor your bidness.

Your choice.

Leaving you with a recent shot of our Fulton Freeway, 30 MPH speed limit:

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Oh, and here’s what the old-fashioned-style GoBikes look like:

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The have crazy drivetrains that only make things worse, IMO.

The Only Thing Worse Than the Line to Get into MARUGAME UDON is the Line to Get to the Line to Get into MARUGAME UDON

Monday, April 9th, 2018

See what I mean?

I was already thinking man, that’s a long line, and then I saw where it really starts:

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All the deets.

(Meanwhile, all points north of here at the Stonestown Mall look like scenes from Omega Man, owing to the big hulking empty Macy’s.)

Goofy Mervyn’s Heights Location Claims Another: RIP Geary and Masonic (Sort Of) Panera Bread Chain Store – 2015 to 2018

Monday, March 19th, 2018

I just noticed that this place shut down.

I thought it was a bakery at first.

IDK anybody who actually ate something from here.

If you plopped me down at the Lucky Penny (also RIP) parking lot that’s actually at Geary and Masonic and gave me two minutes to run across traffic and around Target and through a loooooong tunnel to get to the door of E106, well I think I could make it.

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Anyway, RIP Panera.

Why No Ambulance Company on Yelp has a Lower Rating than KING-AMERICAN – And Yet, They Cruise About in Benzes – One Simple Trick

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Ahem.

(Oh, and don’t miss the happy fun (possible) slander hour at Secret Yelp und ze BBB either.)

Hey, shouldn’t King-American work on the basics afore buying Mercedes Benzes for their employees ala The Firm? 

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All right, play us out, KPIX:

ConsumerWatch: Ambulance Calls Can Hurt Your Wallet

“Nultemier also cited the high number of homeless and uninsured. “50 percent of the calls we go on we don’t get any re-imbursement for,” he said.  How does he make up for it? “The insured pay,” Nultemeier said. “The insurance companies get billed at higher rates to make up for the people that didn’t have the insurance. That’s the unfortunate truth.”

Hinodeya Ramen: It’s Hot – A Lively Scene at Japantown’s Otherwise Somnolent Osaka Way / Buchanan Street

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Four stars on Yelp:

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HOT DUCK! – Instagram Loves It, but Yelp Does Not – A Very Red Restaurant Out In The Avenues

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

This place at Clement and 20th is photogenic, certainly, I mean you can see ppl posing:

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But uh oh

Frisco’s 2.5 Yelp-Starred RAINFOREST CAFE at Fisherman’s WHARF Just SHUT DOWN with NO NOTICE to EMPLOYEES

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Crowd-sourced Yelp knows the score, already:

Yelpers report this location has closed.

And Redditors, there were the first to report:

Rainforest Cafe at Fisherman’s Wharf evidently closed overnight. Anyone know what happened?

But let’s go to the official website – Frisco is GONE-ZO, leaving Cali with just two locations, both in SoCal:

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But hey, wasn’t this outfit advertising for new employees just a couple Scaramuccis ago? Yes, on the craigslist:

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And yet, there was zero notice to the employees, some of whom are laboring today to clean the place up and do inventory.

Mmmm, what happened? Well, here’s a clue from Alyssa Pereira earlier this year:

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And there you have it.

Forlorn, 2.5 Yelp-Starred Western Addition Taco Bell/KFC is Now Beloved, 4.5-Starred JANE THE BAKERY

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Can you see the fast food traces, like the blackened KFC Bucket on the left or the Taco Bell bell on the awning on the right?

Anyway, it’s JANE THE BAKERY now. (It’s just like ALICE THE RADIO STATION or TOAD THE WET SPROCKET, non? And it reminds me of SPORK, which wore its Valencia Street Taco Bell heritage proudly, back in the day.)

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The Yelp-ers seem to love it.

Perhaps you yourself will form a Jane’s Addiction soon…

“1881 Geary Boulevard at Steiner
San Francisco, CA 94115

(415) 658-7971

info@itsjane.com

Open daily from
7am–6pm”

See you there!

The Lines for UJI TIME DESSERT in Japantown are Out Of Control – Matcha, Black Sesame, and Tofu Ice Cream for the Instagram Generation

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

I’ll tell you, in my day back in the 80’s we went to Thrifty for ten-cent ice cream cones, and that was the way we liked it!

But these days:

“You ever see something on Instagram and think oh I need to get that?  That’s what happened with Uji Time Desserts, I was just searching food pics in San Francisco area since I was visiting soon and saw this fish cone, had to go get it”

As seen underground in the East Mall:

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What time is it? It’s UJI TIME:

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But be mindful of the all-important “fish cone wait time.”

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In closing, Fish Cone Wait Time.

There’s No Danny Coyles Like 7:00 AM Danny Coyles: Libations for All, But First a Brief Lecture?

Monday, August 28th, 2017

As seen on Haight Street, USA:

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Some don’t like this place, but most do.