Protester barfs on windshield of Yahoo bus — Viva La Vomit!

Sick all over Yahoo.
Photo used with permission, courtesy of Twitter user @revscript

Yesterday at City Hall there was a seven hour long hearing on the validity of the tech buses, known colloquially as Google buses. Do they cause displacement? Are they too heavy (and break the pavement)? Are they merely a symbol of gentrification, or do they cause gentrification? 

All of those questions were thoughtfully, pointedly argued, left and right. But the world of news spins fast, and now the latest tech bus news is less thought-provoking and more ick-provoking: a protester allegedly puked all over the front of a Yahoo bus, supposedly in protest of the bus, not his or her lunch.

Erin McElroy, one of the lead organizers of the colorful San Francisco Google bus protest yesterday, said that though the methods used by the Oaklanders may be different than her group, it's all part of one cause.

"I support a diversity of tactics," she told us in a phone interview today. "It's helpful that our tactics are different than theirs." 

Local news site Indybay reported over 50 protesters blockaded an Apple, Google and Yahoo bus this morning. From the photos they posted, you can see one protester standing on the roof of the bus. Perhaps the perfect angle for a barf barrage?

No word yet on who the purported puker was, but as long as we have your attention, check out the Bay Guardian's coverage of yesterday's acrobat-filled San Francisco protest, and our coverage of last night's environmental review hearing of the Google buses -- both stories that hopefully provide a much deeper look at the issues than this one, somewhat ridiculous headline. 


This is going downhill fast....

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

That's just a part of why it's a nightmare clusterfuck of a town.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2014 @ 4:50 pm
Posted by jimmcdonald on Apr. 02, 2014 @ 5:43 pm

What if someone barfed on your office window? A legitimate protest against your brand of socialism where taking a bus to work is some kind of crime?

On another note, Erin really needs to get herself a job.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2014 @ 4:37 pm

Erin has a job. It's to rabble rouse while Mommy and Daddy pay her bills.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

portray them as victims, and patronize them as needing to be saved.

It's the white mans burden, after all.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

The currency of a campaign is devalued when a trust fundamentalist arriviste who lives in the East Bay leads a a campaign on behalf of "the most vulnerable" in San Francisco.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 02, 2014 @ 7:32 pm

She can always run home to Mommie's mansion in Maryland.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2014 @ 8:09 pm

for now.

It seems she lives blocks away from me. Never have I seen her at the Uptown(where I used to have a beer here and there with Tim Redmond), Benders, Homestead, Rite Spot...

No one else has seen her, but she speaks for the area? I fully understand that locals don't have to frequent these spots, but if you have only lived here a few years and don't associate with the actual locals while you claim them???

Can't wait for her to depart for greener activist pastures.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2014 @ 9:17 pm

She's angling to replace Ted Gullicksen.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2014 @ 9:58 pm

I actually know Erin and am quite proud of EVERYONE who gets off their buts and helps out their neighbors, which these protests do. Not one of you got a single thing correct about where Erin lives or how much earned or whether or not Erin has a a job or rich parents. But nice try.

Are you trolls paid by the right wingers to confuse people? Because while we're just spewing out unchecked garbage as "fact", that's what it seems like.

While Eviction Free SF attempts to keep residents/school teachers/ 98 year old women in their homes, you will still be here masturbating impotently on the keyboard. Contributing nothing except your pathetic lonely voices. Oh, and since you are most assuredly men, good luck with that receding hairline. I'm sorry that no one loves you; but don't blame others. It is most likely due to your nasty attitudes.

Posted by Sigmarlin on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 10:14 am

Barfing on buses is guaranteed to save the world.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 10:57 am

disprove them. Most of those facts have been corroborated several times here and elsewhere.

And Erin hasn't helped anyone so far. Not a single person has avoided an eviction because of her pranks and antics, nor has a single rent increase been withdrawn.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

It's what the paid trolls spend all day here doing.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 12:27 pm
Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 12:57 pm

Yes, everyone who disagrees with you must be a paid troll from the sinister tech overlords.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 1:27 pm

"The currency of a campaign is devalued when a trust fundamentalist arriviste who lives in the East Bay leads a a campaign on behalf of "the most vulnerable" in San Francisco"

Says the owner of a condo in the mission purchased from a latino family worth over three quarters of a million dollars.

Posted by Becky Backside on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 6:35 am

I am not leading a campaign for tenants and centering the campaign on images of me protesting, am I?

Posted by marcos on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 8:12 am

As a white male tech worker who has helped gentrify the Mission, you can afford to view such protest with a sanguine indifference, smugly knowing that you are making bank for sitting on your ass anyway.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 8:42 am

I would no more lead a tenants movement than I would lead a movement for women or people of color. I garnered plenty of support for my ideas when I volunteered, but there was more money on the other side.

Yep, we come out ahead no matter what happens without the need to intentionally fuck people over.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 8:50 am

your weird ideologies like building nothing. But they never appointed or elected you to any position of real decision-making power, so you ended up just carping from the peanut gallery.

You're just another white male tech worker and gentrifier, but you think if you advocate policies that you know will never gain currency, that maybe the great unwashed of the left will forgive you your gentrification.

Good luck with that.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 9:04 am

Love how you made this about you Marcos. Weren't you bitching before about how people should focus on the issues not the people? And then you complained when people were calling you out on how you always like to make an issue about you.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 12:01 pm

significantly to his political failures and his fall from relevance.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

Erin knows what's up in this town.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2014 @ 5:37 pm

Typical progressive late to the party and yet entitled "let me tell you all about it" assholism.

Also, only shit stain losers have anything to do with Twitter. The author hits a home run on loser status. Unreadable shit-stain gibberish is what Twitter produces, for or against tech buses.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2014 @ 9:08 pm

Gee another: "Look at me. See how edgy and hardcore I am for standing up to 'the man'. Now I'm going to go and show all my friends pictures of me there on my iPhone (after I get directions to their house from Google maps) so THEY can tell me how cool and edgy I am for striking a blow against the 'evil corporations'." - protest. All the while accomplishing jack squat except generating more laughter and scorn from the majority of people.


Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2014 @ 9:09 pm

Eric McEroy's "mapping" project utilizes some pretty sophisticated maps, digital graphics and electronically innovative visual representations. In fact, one could safely describe it as techie. Combine that with her status as a 3 year carpetbagging newcomer to the city I was born and raised, and I think I am squarely justified in telling her to get her hypocritical, progressive, parasitic ass onto the nearest Greyhound bus and get the fuck out of town.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2014 @ 9:40 pm

see the writing on the wall and take her trustfund-fueled self-absorption elsewhere.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 6:33 am

How the Bay Guardian latches itself onto a middle class whitey telling the folks how to live their lives.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 8:03 am

color" are. They're such victims that they need a rich whote chick with bad hair to save them.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 8:47 am

The technology they are using has been rolled by others, the heavy lifting of coding a mapper interface usable by the relatively unskilled done by the talented.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 8:33 am
Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 8:49 am

I taught myself GIS and mapping technologies back in the day when there were progressive campaigns worth fighting for and the technology was much less accessible to the layperson.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 05, 2014 @ 1:42 pm

Erin flies first class.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 1:32 pm

because the buzz on this "action" is that it is simply disgusting and going too far. Certainly my take on it.

and Erin needs to really pipe down a little bit. Last week she accused "techies" of being selfish if they think the bus protests were about them, but it seems like she can't keep herself out of the spotlight any time there is any type of protest. Who's the selfish one?

Posted by GuestD on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 6:43 am

vomit-supporting Erin is their poster child.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 8:42 am

Erin was on Fox News yesterday. She did surprisingly well despite the crazy hair and meth-head stare.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 11:51 am

like any self-absorbed attention whore does.

But notice how flustered she was when the interviewer said that if these tech workers all moved to Palo Alto, it would isntead just cause displacement there rather than in SF.

She didn't appear to care.

And that show shows how blinkered and near-sighted she is. If we approached this problem as a Bay Area issue rather than as a beggar-thy-neighbor issue, then we could develop real solutions rather than these petty minded antics.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

with a straight face and say that they are not targeting the tech workers by blocking the bus is beyond me. OF COURSE they are targeting the workers. Why not go down to Mtn View and protest on their campus and make the CEOs late for work and miserable as opposed to some people who are making $75-$100k a year and taking a fucking bus to work.

and it is so trite. "oh, these workers should live closer to their jobs." So silly. As if there are empty rentals just sitting there waiting to be lived in in Palo Alto. As if a 45 minute commute was any different from the commutes most people have in urban centers all across the country.

give me a break.

Posted by guestD on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

And radical chic is all cool and shit but a police record is a whole 'nuther thing entirely.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

show up.

Such courage. Remember when idealists were willing to go to prison for years for their beliefs?

Erin doesn't even want to miss her latte.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 2:32 pm

Isnt that sideshow bob from the simpsons?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 3:11 pm

The whole "live closer to their jobs" argument is utter bullshit. Say the tech workers did live closer to or in the South Bay. Then the protesters would be complaining that they're gentrifying the South Bay. What the protesters want is for all the tech workers to make X amount of money (probably around the 50K range), live in an area that the protesters designate, and to continue making the web sites and tech they all make use of daily. They also want rent (and cost of living) to revert to 1960's levels with today's pay so their minimum wage jobs would give them the cushy lifestyle they think they deserve.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 5:25 pm

the same way we used to do with blacks and the chinese

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 5:41 pm

Erin has bad breath.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

not being able to get a guy.

Clue - fix your hair.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

The street children who are posting their disdain for dot coms here on this page are very likely using Google chrome to access this very page. Your welcome.

Posted by google is the #1 place to work! on Apr. 05, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

Street theatrics are of little utility when trying to influence publicly-held corporations the size of Google or Yahoo. The chances of such firms voluntarily agreeing to be good corporate citizens are slim to nil; their sole purpose is to make as much money as possible, regardless of what their PR hacks say. If you want to extract money from huge tech firms to remedy the social damage they're doing to the City, then demand that City government rescind that the bad deals and corporate welfare that created the situation to begin with. Sure, Google, Twitter, and Co. gladly took their tax breaks and infrastructure freebies (e.g., gratis use of MUNI stops for their busses). But elected officials and appointees are to blame for agreeing to offer up those concessions on a silver platter in the first place.

Unfortunately, McElroy and her I-don't-like this-so-I'm-going-to-puke-on-it pals appear disinterested in constructive dialogue with City Hall. Rather, they seem to think spandex-clad acrobats and random "activists" giving busses Roman showers are the most effective "tactics" to address the complex economic issues at hand.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 07, 2014 @ 12:03 am

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