An Open Letter To My CEO
talia jane

I’m sorry you’re struggling so much, and I honestly am sorry that you’ve been fired. That said, you have made a lot of choices that put you into the situation you are in — choices that most people don’t even have the luxury or ability to make. I think your version of ‘living wage’ may be radically different from what most people consider a ‘living wage’, and I encourage you to think very hard to try to empathize with (for example) the CVS worker who helped you out. Or perhaps the BART transit workers who are trying to make a living.

“The ideal percent is 30%. As I said, I spend 80%.”

Boiling things down to this… you’re basically blaming your employer for not being supportive and bailing you out of your poor life choices. Most employers aren’t receptive to this sort of thing.

I would guess that you’ll either come out of this episode with some temporary internet fame that buoys you for a few years (looks like that GoFundMe is going well), or you’re going to find another job… and realize that Yelp wasn’t so bad, and maybe you shouldn’t have burned that bridge so thoroughly.

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