In any event, if we're looking for an antonym to “selling like hotcakes,” San Francisco's Department of Public Works may have provided it: “moving like sandbags.”
As it does during every rainy season, the DPW offers San Franciscans up to 10 sandbags, free, to stave off flooding. On Friday, 3,000 bags were sitting at the DPW yard on Cesar Chavez, awaiting good homes. As of yesterday afternoon, there were 2,890 sitting unclaimed. This means as few as 11 San Franciscans have availed themselves of this useful giveaway.