On Fox and Friends this morning, we heard from a woman whose response to a young disgruntled Yelp employee went viral.
It all started last week when 25-year-old Talia Ben-Ora blogged an open letter to Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, complaining about her salary.
Ben-Ora, who was working in customer service for Yelp's Eat24, a food delivery service, wrote that she wasn't making enough to afford food.
I haven’t bought groceries since I started this job. Not because I’m lazy, but because I got this ten 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. Because 80 percent 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?
She was fired shortly thereafter.
In response, freelance writer Stefanie Williams, 29, penned her own scathing letter, ripping into Ben-Ora for her apparent lack or work ethic and sense of entitlement.
Work ethic is not something that develops from entitlement. Quite the opposite, in fact. It develops when you realize there are a million other people who could perform your job and you are lucky to have one. It comes from sucking up the bad aspects and focusing on the good and above all it comes from humility. It comes from modesty. And those are two things, based on your article, that you clearly do not possess.
(Read her full response, here.)
Williams said she became really fed up when she saw that Ben-Ora was asking for money via Paypal so she could afford her rent after she was fired.
She wrote about struggling financially through her 20s, working as a bartender while she worked toward the writing job she really wanted.
Williams told Sandra Smith that she's received a ton of emails from people her age "thanking me for sticking up for people who actually work hard."
"There are way more people in our generation that actually are busting their butt to get where they want to be. They just don't get the press that this girl was getting," said Williams, noting that it was Ben-Ora's decision to rent an apartment in pricey San Francisco.
"Clearly you knew what you were going to be paid and you made all these financial decisions on your own and then you’re asking a company to finance you, not for the work you are doing, but for the lifestyle you chose."
Watch the interview above and let us know what you think: does the fired employee have a point about corporate America or is this more evidence of the "Wussification of America?"