Once again, San Franciscans waited in line at Dear Mom’s on Saturday morning for the bagels flown in from New York. We wanted to know – why wait in line for bagels that are nearly a day old?

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  1. I think we’re over-thinking this – it’s just an excuse for some folks to do something together in the morning. I’m sure they’re not all standing in line saying nothing and looking furtively to see how much longer the line will take. I can see them socializing, etc. Note that I’m imagining all of this since I actually go out on Friday nights and nothing short of Ragnarok would drag me out of bed on Saturday morning, let alone a bagel.

  2. On one hand, I kinda don’t care at all how people spend their money. On the other, this is just an embarrassing display of suckerism and insecurity.

  3. I can’t fathom such a carefree life that you stand in line for an hour for a bagel. Herd mentality

    1. You could say the same thing about the lines outside every Brunch place that charges $15 for two eggs.

      Or the jam outside the Monk’s Kettle at night to pay $10 for a beer.

      And yet most cities would kill to be able to support such demand and economic vitality.

  4. I’ll take a fresh 89 cent bagel from House of Bagels over a $5 day old from New York anytime plus no need to wait in line.

    But who am I to differ from the meritocrats?

    1. There is no need to politicize everything. Sometimes a bagel is just a bagel.

      What is important is that we have a choice of product. That is what free markets are all about.

      1. Limiting the supply creates overblown demand which results in overpriced items. Just like the diamond industry, if people want to wait in lines so they can show off for other people it’s their choice.

        1. Are you suggesting that there is a bagel conspiracy? Bagel hoarding to drive up the price?

          The supply is limited because of the logistical problem of flying bagels out here. That also explains the extra cost.

          It’s the market;’s job to balance supply and demand through the mechanism of price. If there is consistent demand at $5 a bagel, then it’s not over-priced. It is right-priced.

        1. Do you all really think that any of this resonates outside of the precincts of professional activists? I’m not talking tech workers, but to Bay Areans at large?

          Transformative politics has to gain traction out in the wild before it can raise the energy to transform. That means approaching people on terms comfortable to them.

          Urging people to become housing activists is not going to cut it. Playing up to people’s liberal guilt no longer cuts it. Calling people greedy for taking jobs that have a hope of not retiring in a refrigerator box under a freeway ramp eating cat food, the kind of life that organized labor demands for their members is not going to cut it.

          Other-centered activism means more than middle class organizers taking care of the poor, it means activists connecting with enough people to leverage political power to make a difference. And that means framing activism in their terms, not yours.

          Thanks for playing.