That video of a Google employee telling a protestor to leave the city is totally fake
On Monday morning a group of protestors stopped a private Google shuttle bus on Valencia street in San Francisco. The band of approximately 20 protestors, calling themselves the “San Francisco Displacement and Neighborhood Impact Agency,” were rallying against the illegal use of public bus stops for private tech employee buses.
The buses are provided by many Silicon Valley companies as an amenity, to help overpaid tech employees easily commute to their lavish corporate campuses in private, so that they don’t have to rub elbows with any of the city’s lowly serfs on public transit.
An alleged Google employee got off the blocked bus and confronted protestor Erin McElroy (who also runs the eviction mapping project):
“How long have you lived in this city?” McElroy asked him. He shouted back “Why don’t you go to a city that can afford it? This is a city for the right people who can afford it. You can’t afford it? You can leave. I’m sorry, get a better job.”
As he walked away, he added, “What kind of fucking city is this?” The video of the incident quickly went viral, ending up on Gawker’s ValleyWag:
The only thing is, the confrontation was fake. That Google employee? He’s actually Max Alper, an organizer for the labor union Unite Here. It’s like we can’t believe any unconfirmed information posted on the internet any more.
The thing is, though fake, this is exactly the kind of callous, winner-take-all attitude one expects from an employee of a company that openly donates funds to Tea Party groups. The fact that the video spread so quickly is also a good indication that tech employees are gradually replacing bankers as the predominant capitalist villains.
My Google Bus is currently under siege by protesters at 24th and Valencia. Hey protesters: it’s not nice to hijack ppl on their way to work!
— Adelle (@FashionistaLab) December 9, 2013
Those on the blocked bus (which provide leather seats and free wifi) had to wait a grueling 20 minutes for the protest to disperse. We’re all praying for these Googlers during their time of great hardship.