Yeah, so, I live in San Francisco, but I work in Oakland.
I love Oakland. I think it’s a great town that gets a bad rap. Some people talk about Oakland like the entire city is just like the Tenderloin, which is definitely not the case. But sure, like all cities, it’s got its good areas and its bad areas.
Unfortunately, my office isn’t far from one of the bad areas.
Coworkers’ cars have been broken into, and someone has been stealing employee’s registration stickers off their cars, too. There’s questionable people lingering about and occasionally they like to yell at you. Sometimes they call you an asshole, sometimes they tell you that you’ve got a hot ass. I’ve written here before about the creepy trailers and child-molester vans that are always parked around our office.
Last week, what appears to be a nightstand was ditched near our office. It’s really beat up and the drawers have been removed. I walked by it every day after I park my car and wonder if the City of Oakland is going to come and get it. Of course, I’m just lying to myself. I know deep down that they aren’t. Well, today office buddy Paul noticed that there is now stuff inside the nightstand: Needles.
I don’ t know if the locals are using it as their own personal needle exchange program, and I don’t want to know. All I know is I need to find a new place to park my car.