An Open Letter to Millennials Like Talia…
Stefanie Williams

Thank you. You put into words most of what I think of this child. And she is mentally a child. If you look at her open letter closely, you will see she was counting her chickens before they were hatched. She rented that apartment in Oakland before she found out she would have to pay her dues for a year, before being allowed to transfer to another department. Which is standard corporate practice. There is always a probation period. She put everything she could on her credit card. She was coveting what others had. She also feels that because she wants something, she should be entitled. She has written another saying why should she be denied the experience she wants based on income? That is some serious clinical narcissism there.

The girl lacks self awareness, self control and she’s not a particularly good writer. She was full of resentment for her workmates, feeling she was above them all. Yes, there are situations in life where people deserve better. But to take a $12.25 an hour job and complain you can’t live as well as those who have paid their dues, started their own companies, etc, that is pure entitlement. I had a roommate like that once. She ripped off my bank account.

Talia Jane, if you are reading this, here are the things you did wrong. 1. Renting an apartment you knew you couldn't afford, just so you could feel good about yourself. Most people starting out rent what they can afford, in the neighborhood they can afford and that helps them to work their asses off and succeed, instead of feeling the world owes them. 2. Taking a job that you knew wouldn't pay your expenses, just because you wanted to work somewhere trendy and hip. Hipster creds on your resume are not going to get you far. 3. Using your credit card for everything. Seriously girly, did you really think that that bill wouldn't have to be paid and the credit card would never max out? 4. Your special snowflake refusal to find a place with roommates. There are sites dedicated to finding a place where someone needs a roommate. A two bedroom with a roommate comes out much cheaper in most major cities than a one bedroom on your own. Feeling entitled to live in the most expensive city in the country on your own is a very privileged attitude. Trust me when I say there are people writing code at Google, making six figures a year who have college loans, credit card debt and as a result, roommates. 5. You felt entitled to the luxuries. Such as cable TV. I am writing this as someone whose viewing entertainment comes from Netflix and YouTube. Why? Because cable is expensive and why bother when I can watch what I want the next day online?

My biggest question though, what was the matter with that landlord? Did you not have to pass a credit check? No one in their right mind will rent to someone when it’s going to take 80% of their take home pay to afford a place. Did you lie to get that apartment? If so, you have only yourself to blame.

My advice is, get a roommate, even if that means you give up your bedroom and sleep on the couch. Get a job where you can live within your means, instead of thinking you are entitled to enjoy everything, just because you’re young and want to party. Or, just move in with your father, if he can tolerate your special snowflake attitude. Save money, pay off the credit card and start again.

Welcome to reality.

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