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Yelp Employee Whines about 'Wage Gap' Online. Boss Catches Her...
Pro-tip to young employees: People complain about not getting paid enough all the time. Even when they're no longer "young." Difference is, older employees are generally smart enough to not blast their company and CEO on a blog post...especially when they WORK FOR AN INTERNET COMPANY like Yelp. Heck, even semi-stupid employees know not to...what's the phrase? Oh yeah, Bite the hand that feeds them.
So it shouldn't come as un utter shock that this little moron was relieved of her duties and wished well on her future endeavors. First she had some money (which she complained wasn't enough), now she has no money coming in. Of which she'll probably claim, later when reality has settled in, is unfair.
Talia Jane's lengthy Medium post paints a grim picture of San Francisco-based Yelp, the Yelp Eat24 food-ordering subsidiary at which she officially worked, and of being a low-paid worker in the extremely expensive San Francisco Bay Area.
About two hours after posting her essay, Talia Jane took to her Twitter account to announce that she had been fired from Yelp.
She says there was no warning, just a disconnected email account and, later, a call from HR to discuss severance, indicating that her public story may have led to her termination. But of course, other factors outside of the post may also have been at play and led to the decision.
Okay first of all, the warning you were about to be canned from your job, Talia, would've been just a second before you hit "PUBLISH" on the post where your rant and rave about how horrible your job is. Generally employers like to have employees who aren't epic pieces of crap, and take pride in the company where they work. Or have you never read any kind of job description ever?
Talia Jane calls herself "Lady Murderface" on Twitter. Since she was canned, she's now asking for money. Not a surprise.
The CEO of Yelp took to Twitter to defend himself...
1/5 Late last night I read Talia's medium contribution and want to acknowledge her point that the cost of living in SF is far too high.— Jeremy Stoppelman (@Jeremy Stoppelman) 1455988162.0
It is. Staggeringly. Like, crazy rent high. So already he's upped his street cred.
2/5 I have been focused on this issue, backing anti-NIMBY group SFBARF and speaking out frequently about the need to lower cost of housing.— Jeremy Stoppelman (@Jeremy Stoppelman) 1455988253.0
Maybe a futile effort. Methinks this is simply a PR move. Seems like all the big techie employees who work for Google, Apple are causing the price war. And rumor has it, the Chinese, are buying up lots of property there. I think this could be a "supply and demand" thing.
3/5 I've not been personally involved in Talia being let go and it was not because she posted a Medium letter directed at me.— Jeremy Stoppelman (@Jeremy Stoppelman) 1455988408.0
4/5 Two sides to every HR story so Twitter army please put down the pitchforks. The reality of such a high Bay Area cost of living is...— Jeremy Stoppelman (@Jeremy Stoppelman) 1455988551.0
5/5 entry level jobs migrate to where costs of living are lower. Have already announced we are growing EAT24 support in AZ for this reason.— Jeremy Stoppelman (@Jeremy Stoppelman) 1455989026.0
Good call. Why anyone would want any business in San Francisco is beyond me. Okay, sure, it can be pretty. If you happen to not see a homeless man peeing all over everything. Bear the peeing man in mind when you fork over upwards of $3,0o0/month for your 800 square foot apartment.
Look, is Talia right, that San Francisco is overpriced? Yeah, she is. It's crazy town in more ways than one. However anyone with Google would've known that. Yet she took the job anyway, knowing she'd be stretching herself to make rent. Why is that Yelp's business? Also, Talia, some people commute to the city and live where it's more affordable. Just saying. Heard of BART?
This post sums things up perfectly...
Whom do you sympathize with? Are you on the side of Talia Jane, who just couldn't take it anymore, so she publicly excoriated her CEO for not paying her a (in her eyes) living wage?
Or might you side with those who think this is yet another example of a whining Millennial who has no grasp of the real world, of struggle, of pain, of fight and of perspective?
Full disclosure at the end of this post, I used to live in the Bay Area. It's expensive. It's crazy. But most people who live in the outer cities which are NOT San Francisco? Yeah, plenty of them commuted TO San Francisco. Also, though I was in my early twenties, I never once thought "You know what'll be a great idea? Bitching about my company and the CEO on the internet. Yeah, that'll do the trick!"
Think I'm wrong and Talia is right? LOL at you, but tweet me anyway at @Courtnescoffs.