SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — It’s the end of an era for a fixture on city streets and transit stations. San Francisco Chronicle newspaper vendors are packing up their last editions all because of a rising minimum wage.
James Miller is a contractor selling the San Francisco Chronicle at the Montgomery Street BART Station, but Friday was his last day.READ MORE: Panel Selects Archie Willams as New Name for Drake High in Marin County
It’s changed over the last couple of years,” he said. “They’re trying to go online and home deliveries, which probably explains why they’re trying to get rid of us so they can get more profit out of home deliveries and online.”
The paper will still be sold on corner machines like this and at retail outlets like CVS, bus many customers say it’s just not the same.
“I always like to go with people, the human touch,” said one customer.READ MORE: East Bay Fire Departments Ready Their Resources for Dry, Dangerous Season
Antolin Obsequio who works at a kiosk nearby said he’ll miss waking up early and being part of history.
“My favorite part of history was when Obama became president,” he said.
The vendors say they’re not bitter at the Chronicle.
“They’ve been good to us and good to the people,” Obsequio said.MORE NEWS: Evacuations Ordered as Wildfire Burns in Butte County North of Chico
KPIX reached out to the Chronicle for statement, but so far, no response.