Hazmat crew cleans up homeless mess at luxury San Fran hotel
San Francisco, Calif. – One of the premier West Coast hotels required a hazardous materials cleanup crew, the result of the city’s policy of housing the homeless on the taxpayer’s dime during the Covid crisis.
The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, a luxury hotel atop swanky Nob Hill, dispatched unruly guests to another undisclosed property. Afterwards, a hazmat team showed up to tidy up the premises, according to ace KRON reporter Erica Sandberg.
“The guests wouldn’t abide by the rules. The city paid Ubers and cabs moved them to a different luxury hotel,” she said.
Checkout day at the @ICMarkHopkins. the "guests" wouldn't abide by the rules. city paid ubers & cabs moved them to a different luxury hotel - w/ fewer rules & slightly lower price. I'll reveal which when I have the go-ahead. I wonder what hazardous materials they're removing… pic.twitter.com/97QsJwBtqU
— Erica Sandberg (@EricaJSandberg) August 7, 2020
Since city and state civil servants months ago unveiled Project Roomkey, to spend millions to house homeless in private hotels, San Franciscans have been horrified by a series of revelations in recent weeks, first reported on Press California.
First, a jail bus was spotted dropping off guests at the Mark Hopkins, presumably inmates released early due to Covid. Second, city workers such as museum staff, rather than being furloughed, were drafted to serve as gophers to deliver marijuana and alcohol to homeless guests, paid with government funds.
“The incentives are perverse. Free room and board encourages people to stay and move here even though they will never be able to afford living in such a city,” said one Twitter observer.
As for the latest development at the Hopkins, city lovers theorized on Twitter about the cause: A meth lab? Bodily fluids? Used drugs? Ghostbusters?
Regardless of the materials, “It’s going to be a hell of a bill,” Sandberg said.
Such scandals have been the new normal on Nob Hill, home of several of the city’s most prestigious hotels, the elite the Pacific Union Club and luxury apartments with a veritable who’s who of old San Francisco.
“The Spitter,” for example, lives up to his name on a regular basis, aiming mouth drivel at innocent passersby and the police without restraint or repercussion.
And last week, a naked man was seen bathing in the nearby Huntington Park fountain. “I will not be missing that on my morning walk,” one Nob Hillian said.