San Franciscans have many reasons to be angry at City Hall, what with service cutbacks
, fee hikes, and daily tales of inefficiency and incompetence
. But The Snitch
's Angriest San Francisco City Hall Petitioner Ever directs his venom at an unlikely target: supposedly sub-standard palm-reading.
"You provide an imaginary service that should be shut down," writes Tim Giangiobbe in a recent letter to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors describing his feelings about the supposed shortcomings of a local palm reader. "You have gone beyond the bounds of human decency. You are lower than sub-scum. The slimy stuff you find under scum. There is not a scum category for you. I will now make one up especially for you. The super slimy sub-scum bovine queen liar thief of the decade. Still too nice. I'll work on it."
We'll not identify the palmist in question because, well, we have
no evidence this person did anything wrong. Giangiobbe, for his part,
identifies no specific slight.
But we will publish
excerpts here -- complete with cartoon illustrations Giangiobbe sent to
clarify his points to the Board of Supervisors' -- as a roadmap for
petitioners furious about problems our city fathers might actually be in
a position to solve. Giangiobbe unwittingly provided a useful template
for San Franciscans so mad at City Hall they're about to faint, but
aren't sure how to start venting.
You are lower than sub-scum. The slimy stuff you find under scum.
There is not a scum category for you. I will now make one up especially
for you. The super slimy sub-scum bovine queen liar thief of the decade.
Still too nice. I'll work on it."
With a little
cutting and pasting, readers disappointed with SF politicians and
government administrators can use Gienbiobbe's example to fight back.
Our petitioner begins his illustrated missive announcing his foe's offense: claiming to be all-knowing. Take note future City Hall petitioners: This is something city bureaucrats have also been wont to do. Again, the following images were all included in Gienbiobbe's letter to the supes. Yes, really.
The art of palmistry, some people have claimed over the years, involves showmanship and controversial claims of occult powers. Doesn't politics, too?
It is popularly believed that politics can be ugly. Angry citizens can exploit this sentiment with ad-hominem attacks in the "you're so ugly..." vein.
Another promising tactic: Place your City Hall foe in the same category as lawyers. Everyone hates lawyers.
And when all else fails, try taunting.