The owner of a San Francisco sandwich shop has revealed that a homeless man punched him in the face while urinating in his trash, while pleading with officials to stop crime in the city.
Peterson Harter, 39, posted an angry rant on Instagram showing cuts to his head and a black eye, after being assaulted by the suspect he posted a photo of.
He claimed the suspect punched him in the face Wednesday when he confronted him outside Sandy’s Muffulettas in the Upper Haight area of the city.
Harter appeared to be in shock and speechless as he explained what had just happened to him.
“I just got punched in the face right now by a guy who was peeing in the street, and I’m really pissed right now,” he began.
Peterson Harter, 39, a San Francisco sandwich shop owner, was punched in the face by a homeless man who was urinating in the trash outside his shop.
Harter later posted a photo of who he believed to be the suspect who assaulted him.
“I can’t believe I live in a city where people just pee in the street, punch you in the face and get away with it,” she continued.
‘The guy ran away. They probably won’t find it. I’m fucking sick of this damn town. I can’t be out there running a business without getting punched in the face.
‘I need to relieve. I have to figure out what to do. This is fucked up. It shouldn’t be like that at all. This is not how our city should be. I hope they find the damn guy,’ said Harter, who opened his sandwich shop just three months ago.
In a video, Harter appeared shocked and angry, displaying cuts to his head and sporting a black eye from the unprovoked attack.
Harter’s opened his sandwich shop just three months ago in the Upper Haight area of the city.
Harter’s business is one of many others in the city suffering the effects of petty crime, vandalism, theft and anti-social behavior.
“At what point is it too much when you can’t be on the street to tell a guy to stop fucking around and get punched in the face?”
‘This shit has to stop. What’s the plan?’ he wrote in a caption accompanying his online video tagging San Francisco Mayor London Breed.
Harter then posted a photo of the alleged suspect carrying a can of beer with him.
Harter’s business is one of many others in the city suffering from petty crime, vandalism, theft and anti-social behavior.
Shoplifting has gotten so bad in San Francisco that some stores are now padlocking their freezers and tying metal chains to make sure the doors stay locked overnight.
Virtually all items are behind closed Perspex shelves
A local Walgreens branch is completely closed, although it is still open
Earlier this week, DailyMail.com reported how theft has gotten so bad in San Francisco that some stores are now padlocking their freezers and tying metal chains to make sure the doors stay locked overnight.
Video shot by a potential buyer at a local Walgreens in the city shows aisle after aisle of produce locked behind perspex and glass, out of reach of thieves.
Even less valuable items such as toothpaste and tissues are kept under lock and key, such is the rampant theft that has been occurring at many of the city’s pharmacies and supermarkets.
At one location in particular, at 16th Street and Geary Blvd, the freezer doors are completely chained, and staff are concerned that thieves will break into the store overnight to empty the contents.
Store workers have already reported a problem with thieves entering the store up to 20 times a day to fill their bags with goods, including items that need to be kept at cool temperatures, such as frozen pizza and ice cream.
Robbery increased 12.5 percent in San Francisco, while overall crime compared to 2022 numbers was down 5.9 percent.
With rents rising as fast as crime rates, San Francisco, known for its liberal views and laid-back lifestyle, has become a haven for drug dealers and addicts.
Many California cities have grappled with high crime rates and homelessness as liberal policies have done little to stop the problems.
That has caused people to move out of the state and hurt economic activities in some centers, including San Francisco.
San Francisco has been hit hard by big business packing up after the streets have been overrun with homeless people and drug addicts, fueling crime.
Tourism is down 16 percent from pre-pandemic levels and workers have left their offices to work from home and shops are emptying out. Instead, some 7,000 homeless people have descended on the downtown areas and tourist traps.
The once bustling Union Square and downtown San Francisco are a shadow of their former self: rows of empty stores, sparse crowds even on peak weekend shopping days and nearby hotels, including a massive Hilton, unable to meet their mortgage payments.