Notorious Oakland real estate developer and Trump supporter made up plan to shoot dollar bills over a homeless camp hoping to get residents to leave
- Gene Gorelik, a landlord in the Bay Area, dressed as Santa & # 39; s eleven and showed up in a homeless camp in Oakland, planning to pay residents to leave
- The plan was to use a lea blower to shoot $ 1,000 in dollar bills and everyone willing to leave the site to pay $ 2,000 at 8 p.m.
- An hour later he packed his boom lift, leaf blower and four inflatable sea eagles, after no one would take his money
- Protesters gathered at the location then forced Gorelik to walk home by blocking his vehicle
- Gorelik made headlines in 2017 when he demolished his tenant's house while still living there
A notorious real estate developer in Oakland appeared on a homeless camp on Friday morning armed with a boom lift and four giant inflatable sea eagles, who were planning to shoot $ 1,000 dollar bills from a leaf blower.
But Gene Gorelik's plan to bribe the people who live at the campsite outside a Home Depot to quickly unravel them, because no one was interested in his offer of & # 39; free money & # 39; to assume.
Vivian Ho, a Guardian journalist who covered the failed stunt, reported on Twitter that Gorelik was sent back by protesters gathered at the campground on 4000 Alameda Avenue.
Oakland real estate developer Gene Gorelik organized a stunt at a local homeless campsite and offered people free cash if they agreed to leave
Gorelik rented a tree leaf and arrived on Friday morning at the Home Depot on Alameda Avenue
His plan was to shoot $ 1,000 dollar bills from a leaf blower to the homeless
When he steps on the megaphone, yelling & # 39; Free money! & # 39; his opponents in the crowd shot back, & # 39; F *** you, Gene! & # 39;
Gorelik, head of the Oakland Redevelopment Group and reportedly an avid supporter of President Donald Trump, revealed his plot to shoot dollar bills over the homeless camp earlier this week and gave $ 2,000 in cash to anyone who wanted to leave the area at 8 p.m. on Friday. .
He put his plan on Facebook and claimed that 300 jobs at the Home Deport are at stake because the store could be forced to close due to the proximity of the camp.
Gorelik also launched a fundraising campaign to raise $ 300,000, presumably to cover payments to homeless people who want to move. No money was raised from Friday afternoon.
Gorelik also launched a GoFundMe to raise $ 300,000 to fund his initiative, which made no donations
As part of his initiative, the Bay Area landlord rented a truck, a boom lift, and a quartet of star-studded American eagles, which have become a calling card for Gorelik.
After he had spent an hour offering people money, without taking any offer, Gorelik, dressed like an elf in a green shirt and matching striped pants, decided to pack and leave.
But according to local reports, activists refused to let him drive away, including a man named Oz who landed under a Home Depot truck that Gorelik had rented for this occasion.
So the landlord, armed with a can of mace, was forced to leave the site on foot, with a few uniformed police officers guarding his retreat.
Gorelik made headlines in 2017 when he demolished his tenant's house while the man, Jahahara Aman & Ra 39 Alkebutan Ma & # 39; ate, 64 (right), still lived there
Gorelik then mounted a huge inflatable American eagle on the roof of the building
Gorelik, who is married with two children, came into the spotlight in 2017 when the Oakland City Attorney & # 39; s Office filed a civil suit against him for demolishing his tenant's house as a way to disable him, KTVU at the time.
The lawsuit, which is still going through the court two years later, accused Gorelik of intimidation, threats and illegal eviction.
His tenant Jahahara Aman & Ra Alkebutan Ma & # 39; at, 64, lived in his house in Adams Pont when work teams hired by Gorelik began to demolish the building's return drink in April 2017.
The landlord later placed one of his characteristic inflatable American eagles on the roof and displayed a banner with the text & # 39; Make Oakland Great Again & # 39; – a game about the Trump 2016 campaign slogan, & # 39; Make America Great Again. & # 39;
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