Okay, I admit it. I came to Medium because of the Yelp Girl (if you don’t know who that is, consider yourself lucky, and feel free to move on, because this won’t make any sense). It’s almost embarrassing how closely I followed that story. It’s not like me to get sucked into online controversy, and it took me a while to put my finger on just why that one bothered me so much. But, I think I finally figured it out.
At the risk of pissing off some of my followers, I have to say, I think she played everybody. She tugged on the strings of the bleeding hearts. She touched a nerve with the anti-corporation folks. And, she irritated me, the parent and teacher, with her long chain of poor choices and lack of professionalism, respect and common sense. I couldn’t figure out how anybody could be so foolish as to publish a snarky, unprofessional OPEN letter to the CEO of her company without expecting to be fired, and now I believe it was exactly the effect she was going for. Last I heard, there was over $2000 in her gofundme account….and that number probably grew because of “news” agencies like the Washington Post who were furthering her cause with misleading headlines like “The Yelp Employee Who Wasn’t Making Enough Money to Eat.”
It hasn’t been all bad though, because I’ve had some amazing conversations with my students on any number of juicy topics….professional behavior, work ethic, respect, living within your means, debt, reading critically. But the best thing that came out of my temporary obsession was the discovery of Medium, which I absolutely love, thorns and all.