In a city that has already banned plastic straws while commuters are warned about syringes on public transportation, San Francisco is going for the gold with even more overreaching legislation.
The city is now arguing that free lunches provided to employees by companies in the area are hurting local restaurants and introduced legislation to counter the problem, The Observer reported.
Two San Francisco legislators are looking to ban new companies from opening in-house cafeterias, claiming a zoning amendment using certain planning and public health codes gives them the legal right to do so, CBS News reported.
San Francisco Supervisors Ahsha Safaí and Aaron Peskin introduced the legislation Tuesday which would not apply to the more than 50 existing employee cafeterias in San Francisco, like Google, Twitter and Uber, but only to new construction.
San Francisco: more or less fine with hobo poop everywhere and skyrocketing rents, pretty upset about straws, increased density, and [checks notes] free lunches. https://t.co/djXr0d6x7D
— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) July 26, 2018
“This is the beginning of a conversation,” Safai said. “We think it’s an appropriate conversation to have now.”
“We see thousands of employees in a block radius that don’t go out to lunch and don’t go out in support of restaurants every day, because they don’t have to,“ Ryan Corridor, owner of San Francisco restaurant, Corridor, told CBS.
Next, I suppose, is banning employees from bringing their lunch from home. 🙂
— Sandra Howard (@gertrudeB) July 27, 2018
“You can’t compete with free. Free food is a wonderful amenity but doesn’t do anything to extend the community around it,” Gwyneth Borden, executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, wrote in an open letter.
So we need to now force people to buy lunch in their community? This is the stupid government at work folks. https://t.co/vo9AiHu5y1
— Katie Mo (@katiemo3636) July 26, 2018
“This is also about a cultural shift,” Safai told the San Francisco Chronicle. “We don’t want employees biking or driving into their office, staying there all day long and going home. This is about getting people out of their office.”
Tech companies that provide the in-house cafeterias to attract workers and keep productive employees on site may have to start looking elsewhere to set up shop if San Francisco lawmakers have their way.
This is the tipping point. Tech is looking elsewhere (Idaho, Utah, e.g.) to set up shop.
— DesertRunner (@DesertRunner60) July 26, 2018
What’s next? Banning working from home cuz gas stations and restaurants don’t make enough money. You have to be an idiot to start a company in SF these days.
— Domer1976 (@Domer1976) July 26, 2018
Outside of the Bay Area though, many found the idea more than questionable – if not laughable.
People: Corporations take advantage of their workers
Same people: Corporations shouldn’t be allowed to give their workers free lunch
— Sam (@Sam_5thEstate) July 26, 2018
Can’t tax free
— tahadden (@tahadden) July 26, 2018
They only approve of “free” lunch if the city provides it.
— Julie R. (@thevaliumsofa) July 26, 2018
— Hal 9000 (@Substandardfan) July 26, 2018
By not feeding the employees, many of whom are homeless because they aren’t paid enough to live in their rent-controlled utopia, they will reduce the amount of sidewalk poop. #galaxybrain
— To Uber The Libs (@UberLibs) July 26, 2018
Liberals ruin everything.
— Denny Loggins (@DerpFlannel) July 26, 2018
What a crock of shit. “Ban free lunch”. Strange for a city council who has always been about giving people “free” crap.
— Jesse Gilbert (@JesstersDead) July 26, 2018
Welcome to Socialism. Give up YOUR Free lunch in order for the non working freeloading voting pool to have THEIR free lunch.
Only in Libturdia.
— LeopardsSpots (@LeopardsSpots1) July 26, 2018
And as my dad said, this is the first time liberals have voted against a free lunch.
— Katie Mo (@katiemo3636) July 27, 2018
This has to be satire. Please tell me its satire. https://t.co/oNpLynT6MF
— Shinhwa (@gShinhwa) July 26, 2018
San Francisco itself is just one big satire at this moment.
— Pete Sahut (@itsidahojoe) July 26, 2018
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