Update: The Department of Public Works says it cost the city $3,500 to clean up feathers at the Justin Herman Plaza yesterday. Itemized bill to come.
Original Story 1 p.m.: If anyone is thrilled with the long overdue rain in San Francisco, it's the city's public works officials. Yesterday's downpour kept hundreds of people from slinging feather-stuffed pillows at the annual Valentine's Day pillow fight.
Doing the back-of-the-pillowcase calculation, fewer pillow fighters means fewer feathers. And fewer feathers means less time for Department of Public Works crews to clean up after the mess.
Because San Francisco is a zone that defies the rules of conventional economics — let alone mathematics — it's not yet certain the city's cleanup costs will be lower than in years past. However, Gloria Chan, spokeswoman with the Department of Public Works, tells SF Weekly that as only 300 people attended the event this year rather than the usual 1,000, it crews took “a lot less time” to clean up afterward.
And time, as you know, is money. Einstein proved it.