It's safe to say that Peter Shih, the entrepreneur who quickly became San Francisco's public enemy number one after penning a satirical post slamming the city and its residents, hasn't made a lot of friends in his new town.
The infamous blog post garnered attention from websites and news outlets across the globe for its perceived sexism and insensitivity towards the homeless, and even prompted fliers in San Francisco urging Shih to return to New York.
Now, one company has offered to help him do just that.
In an cheeky open letter sent to the The Huffington Post, travel deal site CheapAir.com offered to provide Shih with a free one-way ticket to New York.
"Listen, we want to help rescue you from the chasm of hell they call 'San Francisco,'" the company wrote. "We'll get you home safely, bro!"
And, of course, the company didn't miss the opportunity for some shameless self-promotion.
"We get the sense that you're a discerning traveler and you'll be pleased to know that when you book your free flight on CheapAir.com, you'll be able to instantly compare in-flight services of various airlines and planes."
The full letter from CheapAir.com:
We read with horror your post "10 Things I Hate About You: San Francisco Edition" and the unthinkable circumstances you have lived through. We get it—there is only so much variable weather, bad parking, and inconvenient transportation schedules that one man can possibly endure! And we can’t fathom why the women of San Francisco have been so unwelcoming.
Listen, we want to help rescue you from that chasm of hell they call "San Francisco". We frequently hear from individuals with heart-wrenching stories who ask for assistance with flights, but yours has struck a chord like no other.
So we would like to extend an offer for a FREE one way flight from San Francisco to New York. Your trip out of town will be on us!
We get the sense that you're a discerning traveler and you'll be pleased to know that when you book your free flight on CheapAir.com, you'll be able to instantly compare in-flight services of various airlines and planes. You'll see right away which flights have WiFi, personal video monitors and live TV. We're the only online travel agency that provides that kind of information.
We’ll get you home safely, bro!
Since the backlash, Shih has removed the post from his blog and offered a profuse public apology, calling his actions "idiotic, childish, thoughtless, hurtful and offensive," and saying he was "deeply sorry" for the post.
"I don't deserve any forgiveness for the stupidity of my actions and words," he added. "But I sincerely hope to demonstrate by my future behavior to humbly build up and not tear down the communities and people around me."
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