An Open Letter to Millennials Like Talia…
Stefanie Williams
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When I was a kid, we had to walk barefoot in the snow, uphill both ways to school.

That’s what you just wrote.

I understand. Believe me. I’m 5 years older than you, I struggled in lots of ways that I’m not going to enumerate here. That absolutely built resilience and character, that young Ms. Jane doesn’t have, (yet).

But you missed the point. The point is that the company does not pay a living wage. The point is that there is no place in the Bay Area for people who work in low-skill, entry level jobs. Her Instagram account is a red herring. For what it’s worth, most young people use Instagram to portray the life they wish they had, not their actual life. The bottom line is that she makes around $750 every two weeks. It’s not enough to live in the Bay Area. You don’t know her personal situation. You don’t know what kind of familial support she has. I would also encourage her to leave the Bay Area immediately and buckle down, but I see no reason to shame her for her “bad choices” and her “lack of work ethic”. She will figure it out. These are teaching moments, and you can bet that having hundreds of people calling her lazy is going to have an effect on her life.

Again, however — you miss the point. And quite frankly, you don’t make yourself look any better by tearing down another Millennial for supposed “Millennial” traits. Every older generation has said the same thing about the next one. They’re lazy, they’re entitled, they haven’t paid their dues. Same old story.

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