It’s Been A Big Week For Catastrophic Open Letters
You may remember from last week the backlash one San Francisco tech entrepreneur received after he published an open letter to the city’s mayor asking him to address the problem of the growing homeless population in the Bay Area, because like, it was totally unfair that he had to see all those smelly people on his way to work.
It seems like people in the Bay Area really don’t think before they publish these “open letters,” because this week YET ANOTHER San Francisco tech worker published an open letter that subsequently earned her a fair bit of backlash — it even cost her her job.
The woman in question is Talia Jane, who, until recently, worked for Yelp! as a customer service representative. When she published a letter to the Yelp! CEO on her blog complaining about her job with the company, she was promptly fired, straight from the top. Her manager never even knew about it!
Keep reading to find out what she said in her letter – was it worth losing her job over?
Pickers Can’t Be Choosers
Talia Jane began her open letter with a picture of what she thought her life might be like once she graduated college and put her foot into the world of adult responsibilities. Unfortunately, she says, the low wages at her Yelp! job, where she handles the phone as a customer service representative, isn’t paying her enough to achieve that dream she so longed for.
Next Thing She Knew, She Was In The Can
The letter went on to rant about the immorality of Yelp! to pay their employees so little in a city where the cost of living is so high.
“I haven’t bought groceries since I started this job. Not because I’m lazy, but because I got this 10-pound bag of rice before I moved here and my meals at home (including the one I’m having as I write this) consist, by and large, of that. Because I can’t afford to buy groceries. Bread is a luxury to me, even though you’ve got a whole fridge full of it on the 8th floor. But we’re not allowed to take any of that home because it’s for at-work eating. Of which I do a lot,” Jane wrote. “Because 80% of my income goes to paying my rent. Isn’t that ironic? Your employee for your food delivery app that you spent $300 million to buy can’t afford to buy food. That’s gotta be a little ironic, right?”
The trail of breadcrumbs on Talia’s Twitter feed from the time she published the letter to when she was tweeting about her termination is almost comical, really. Talk about a major case of foot-in-mouth.