When a group of tech workers from Dropbox tried to evict a group of youngsters from a community soccer field in San Francisco’s Mission district, they probably weren’t expecting to trigger a mini Occupy movement.

The Dropboxers, who have since apologized for the incident, reserved the field using a new permitting system.

The locals, who have for years shared the field using a different set of rules, resisted, refusing to leave the pitch. Eventually, they offered to share the field and that seems to be what ultimately happened, but not before a lot of whining from the mostly white, presumably well-paid, tech workers.

There’s a lot of tension in the Bay Area between tech companies and longtime residents. Rents and eviction rates are skyrocketing as upwardly mobile professionals compete for housing with the general population.

Here’s what Dropbox, quoted by SFGate, had to say about the incident: “We love San Francisco and are grateful to call it home. That’s why we were disappointed to learn that a couple of our employees weren’t respectful to this community. The employees involved are embarrassed and have apologized. We’re sorry, and we promise to do better.”

— Posted by Peter Z. Scheer

Wait, before you go…

If you're reading this, you probably already know that non-profit, independent journalism is under threat worldwide. Independent news sites are overshadowed by larger heavily funded mainstream media that inundate us with hype and noise that barely scratch the surface. We believe that our readers deserve to know the full story. Truthdig writers bravely dig beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that tells you what’s really happening and who’s rolling up their sleeves to do something about it.

Like you, we believe a well-informed public that doesn’t have blind faith in the status quo can help change the world. Your contribution of as little as $5 monthly or $35 annually will make you a groundbreaking member and lays the foundation of our work.

Support Truthdig