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San Francisco business owner: ‘We live in a pretty f**ked up city’


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John Sexton

Dec. 21 2018

Geoffrey Woo runs a small company called HVMN (pronounced “human”) in San Francisco. The company, which currently has 10 employees, used to have offices in the financial district but needed to expand and so moved to a larger space in the Mid-Market area. Tuesday, one of Woo’s employees stepped outside the office and witnesses a violent assault which Woo would later say looked to him like attempted murder. Tuesday night he posted a brief video of the incident on Twitter in which a man can be seen stomping on the head of another man who is already down on the sidewalk. Woo said his neighborhood felt like a “war zone” and begged for more police help and tagging the city, the SFPD and Mayor London Breed.

The next day, Woo posted a follow up video of himself speaking to the camera. “What you just witnessed was an assault and essentially an attempted murder that happened this morning right outside my office,” Woo said. He continued, “San Francisco! We live in a pretty f**ked up city, no other way to really put it. But no one really talks about it. A lot of us just gossip about national politics, Trump this, Russia that, Mueller this, GOP, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Democrats. It’s all just bulls**t entertainment. What I care about is my day-to-day safety and quality of life.” He goes on to request that a couple of SFPD officers be tasked with patrolling the street every single day, saying his personal observation is that when cops are on hand the street is safer.


Naturally, this being San Francisco, there were people who attacked Woo on Twitter for suggesting a head stomp in the middle of the day was a problem. From the San Francisco Chronicle:


Last month, Spotify moved out of the same Mid-Market neighborhood of San Francisco because employees no longer felt safe there. The move was partly prompted by an incident last year in which a Spotify employee was slapped in the face by a homeless person.

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