The 25 year old Yelp employee fired for complaining online about her company has stirred several reactions, including my own found HERE, and another from a 29 year old who "ripped" her. Well along comes a 36 year old who claims to have destroyed the 29 year olds response which you can find in full HERE. This of course just begs for a response so this 44 year old is happy to oblige.
The 36 year old in question is Sara Lynn Michener who's blog site can be found HERE. This talented young writer describes herself in the following way:
Feminist. Cumberbitch. Trekkie. Peddler of Profanities @ fucksoap.com
Right from the start of this young woman's response she makes it clear she just doesn't understandnd Stefanie Williams response to the internets favorite ex-Yelp employee.
After reading your bizarre excuse for a mini autobiography detailing the privileged yet banal struggle you dealt with in your early 20s, which was apparently supposed to be a response to a younger woman’s perfectly reasonable request for a larger hourly rate, I felt it imperative to give you a taste of your own medicine and above all, your painfully deep need to acknowledge your own privilege, so maybe some advice will help while you piss all over what — to me — sounds an awful lot like a less fortunate (and far kinder) version of your younger self.
Spoiler: kicking a younger sister when she’s down in self-congratulatory snark is neither gracious nor humble.
For starters there is something called tough love. As a parent I would love to give my kids everything they ever ask for but there are times you have to say no and make them earn things themselves.
No one is kicking Tatia while she's down. They are criticizing the fact that instead of seeking to better herself or asking for help, she instead turns to asking for handouts and demanding a higher pay that she hasn't earned.
Sara continues for a bit attacking Stefanie but eventually brings us back to the point of personal responsibility. Sara points out a statement Talia made that she had to leave where she was. Fair enough. We don't know the details, perhaps she was in an abusive relationship. But that doesn't give her right to demand things she hasn't earned.
A lot of people have it tough. Should we get into a Monty Python skit comparing who had to walk the furthest through broken glass up hill both ways just to be beaten by their father before going to bed hungry?
In a matter of 2 minutes I found an apparent being advertised with a roommate in that area for just $500 a month. More then half of what she was paying.
But let's jump further where she continues to discuss struggle.
Around this same paragraph in Talia’s piece, she’s talking about her coworker’s struggles. You see, her piece isn’t just about her. It’s about all the ways that good, hard working people are taking whatever work they can get — and still being punished for it. Last time I checked, when you’re poor, taking whatever work you can get is a pretty responsible thing to do. Yet some are still homeless, some are in trouble, some live at home
Why are they having so much trouble? Why is it so hard to live there? It's not the fault of Yelp that such a hugh chunk of her living is taken in taxes before she even gets home. It's not Yelps fault that zoning has created situations where housing is unaffordable.
These are faults of government, and judging by Sara's posts and site she fails to understand this and instead continues pushing for politicians who make it worse while offering the handout of scraps to those on the bottom.
Talia, again, never really talked about the supposed shame of doing less exciting things than others. She wrote about always being hungry. Again: did you even read her piece?
True, Talia argued that Yelp owed her and other employees more.
Her piece — again — wasn’t about her disappointment that she was fed, but not working in an exciting career — that was all you. It was about how she wasn’t making enough to meet her basic, human rights needs.
"Human rights" is an interesting term used when politicians and people want to demand something from someone else's pocket.
Sara and Talia both need to look in the mirror and realize there is a difference between demanding something for nothing (which is what Talia's entire rant was) and asking for help to get ahead.
She never asked for help finding better jobs, closest she came was ranting that her company wouldn't allow her to move up without first proving herself in the job she was actually hired for. She never asked for help finding cheaper rent. How about asking one of those other struggling nearly homeless coworkers if they wouldn't mind sharing an apartment with her to help them both save?
She never once asked for ways to network after moving to find the connections that could help lead her to a higher paying job.
Nope. Instead she wrote an open letter to the CEO of her company ranting about how he somehow owed her something.
What exactly about working for Eat24 is a job about bragging rights and trends?
How about the fact that she has a job at all?
There are people who can't find any work at all.
And she pointed out her job had covered health insurance, dental and vision with only a $20 co pay. Also a fairly good benefit I think many people would love to have.
And then there's the food she was allowed to eat while at work. Do you think the minimum wage employees who also have to spend more of their income for meals during the day wouldn't love to get a company paid for lunch?
Lastly, I made a mistake in my last article about this assuming based on her complains that she made the state minimum wage of $10 an hour. She didn't. She made $12 an hour as pointed out in the NY Post. Not a huge difference but again, if you were to ask minimum wage employees if an extra $2 an hour would be something they would love I doubt you'll find many who would complain.
Sarah goes on for a bit more about how some people have it harder then others before dropping the following:
Then you told her “She could work two jobs!” In San Francisco, it’s pretty hard to get ONE job, let alone two.
Instead of demanding more expenses from companies leaving them less money to hire people perhaps you should wake up to why jobs are in such high demand? Ever stop to think that the high taxes and regulation placed on these companies takes away the money they otherwise would have used to hire Talia at a 2nd job or perhaps pay her more in her first?
She continues on and on without ever once mentioning personal responsibility or asking the question of why is it so expensive to live there. Instead we're hit with the following question which completely skips the point...
Because the more important question; the thing Talia’s piece is actually ABOUT, is that it should be criminal for billion dollar companies to pay minimum wage at the current rate; especially if they deign to set up their office in a place where the cost of living is high.
CA has a minimum wage higher then the national wage, they also have more government then most other states in the country.
And ironically in your question you point to the real problem when you point out Yelp is moving where the cost of living isn't so high. Guess what... that means even fewer of the hard to find jobs in that area.
Do you think increasing their cost of doing business in Silicon Valley is going to create more jobs when you already point out the jobs are leaving because of the costs?
I could go on responding to ever last point but I believe I've made my point that placing more of a burden on companies and demanding more without taking any responsibility isn't the answer.