The (Belated) Weekend Catch-Up: Seismic Shake-Ups and an Abandoned Pup at SFO

Two large earthquakes have rattled NorCal since Friday… and Boba Guy’s flagship Mission District store has closed.

Another weekend, another two days spent on this space rock spinning around our solar system’s volatile star. And what would any measurable span of time be without some tectonic activity in the Bay Area?

On Saturday, December 17th, a rather sizable tremor reorganized shelves and caused Twitter to tailspin in a familiar fashion. (Y’all already know nothing brings the Bay Area together quite like Earthquake Twitter).

The 3.6-magnitude quake was reported at 3:39 a.m. and had an epicenter in the Hillside Natural Area in El Cerrito. There were no immediate reports of damage; no injuries from the tremor were reported, either. But! A massive 6.4-magnitude quake struck Humboldt County, causing widespread damage and injuring at least two people. 

Earlier last week, a dog — named “Polaris” — dog arrived with a traveler at SFO from an international destination by way of United Airlines. The asshole customer, when he arrived at the San Francisco airport, chose to continue traveling without his puppy. (There’s a special place in hell for such people.)

United worked to ensure the puppy completed necessary requirements to enter the United States, including a quarantine period, landing him in around-the-clock care by the United team — eventually finding his forever home with a pilot with the airliner, courtesy of help from the SFSPCA.

“From the moment Polaris landed in our care, our entire SFO United team cared for him 24/7 until we were able to get permission to keep him safely in the U.S.,” said Vincent Passafiume, Director of Customer Service at United, in a press release. “It’s a great feeling to see this story come full circle and that Polaris will have a loving home with United Airlines Captain Dale and his family — just in time for the holidays.”

We love to see it, and, for a twist, are relieved a story like this has a happy ending. 

What else happened over the weekend? Here’s a quick rundown.

  • The Mission store location for Boba Guys has officially closed amid widespread backlash and after months of bleeding money. The San Francisco Chronicle was the first to report the news that the Mission Store was shuttering over the weekend… and we’d like to think our mic-drop of a piece concerning company-wide employee mistreatment had something to do with this reckoning. More info.
  • Elon Musk is now expected to step down as Chief Tweep, which has also sparked a change in voting policy for such surveys, as well as security concerns from the FTC. “One [Poll] to rule them all. One [Poll] to find them. One [Poll] to [pull Musk] out from where the Shadows lie.” More info.
  • Four San Francisco restaurants were recently included in the city’s Legacy Business Registry. Among the ten businesses revealed Monday, arguably the city’s most famous topless bar the Condor, as well as New Lun Ting Café, Royal Bakery, and Peking Restaurant were included in the resisted for having “history and/or identity” in their respective neighborhoods; each establishment has been operating for 30 years or more. More info.

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