A San Francisco tech bro/entrepreneur wrote an open letter on Monday calling homeless people "riff raff" and saying that the city's poor, transient population is a huge problem—for "wealthy working people." Yup—without appearing to care much for the problems of actual homeless people, software developer Justin Keller bemoaned the trouble homeless people have caused him in a note posted to his website.
"I know people are frustrated about gentrification happening in the city, but the reality is, we live in a free market society," Keller wrote in a letter addressed to San Francisco's mayor and police chief. "The wealthy working people have earned their right to live in the city. They went out, got an education, work hard, and earned it. I shouldn’t have to worry about being accosted. I shouldn’t have to see the pain, struggle, and despair of homeless people to and from my way to work every day."
The whole letter is incredible in the worst way—"somehow during Super Bowl [sic], almost all of the homeless and riff raff seem to up and vanish," Keller writes at one point, optimistically (?!?)—and worth a read. (Keller later apologized for calling homeless people "riff raff" while also continuing to apologize for nothing else.)
Of course, Internet mob justice came swift for Keller. The website of his start-up, commando.io, mysteriously went down, and Keller's been getting these kinds of tweets directed at him and his company:
You probably won't feel too bad for him, though.