An Open Letter to Millennials Like Talia…
Stefanie Williams
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Stefanie,

What you fail to realize is that the Bay area’s average rent is $3,058 per month. That’s for a 1 bedroom, 2 bedrooms are over $5,000. Before you step on your high horse, do the math and try to walk in her shoes.

Personally, I am no stranger to hard work and have gone from working 3 jobs at the same time to put myself through college to making a 6 figure income. I’m a first generation college graduate and the first person in my family with an MBA. As I run a start-up (not in the Bay area), I am always working with middle income earners who struggle. Part of it is financial literacy, but a bulk of it is affordability. In San Francisco, it’s all about affordability. Before you condemn, try to look at both sides of the equation. The only good thing to come out of this is now her unemployment check less gas will equal the same as when she got paid.

To chastise her for not being a hard worker is not fair when she points out that she made recommendations and was unvalued or unheard by her company. She’s someone who wants to contribute more, but doesn’t feel like she had that opportunity. I don’t agree with her posting her complaint publicly, I wish that she would have just found another job (turnover, CEO’s begin to learn what to do better because these costs add up). However, her letter is impeccably timed for her the Millennial generation and what they face in the workforce. And if you believe pictures of bourbon are a sign of affluence or having money, you’re just as foolish as women who think people posting pictures of yachts on Instagram actually own them. She probably got the bourbon for free. As a former bartender, you should know that alcohol comes free when you know people… ;-)