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Saturday, January 2, 2016

A homeless man became a tech worker at Zenefits for 45 days

Paul Krantz moved to San Francisco five years ago with dreams of living in a city of artists and writing the great American novel.
He attended the University of San Francisco, and barely survived on odd-jobs, he wrote in an essay for The Bold Italic.
"When I arrived in San Francisco, it seemed that the majority of twentysomethings I met were in the same boat," he wrote. "However, today it seems that starving young artists and writers like myself are a dying breed."
He moved four times in five years, hanging on by sharing rooms with others.
 But in that same time, things shifted in the city of San Francisco.
Salesforce, Twitter, and dozens of other companies grew up, bringing tens of thousands of new tech workers into the city.
A small startup scene ballooned. Workers for the giant tech companies south of the city started to move to San Francisco and commute, often in luxury buses provided by their employers.

And the already expensive real-estate market in San Francisco became so unaffordable that Krantz found himself homeless, sleeping on the beach.
Until he landed a contract job at the San Francisco startup Zenefits. He was hired as a copy editor to answer questions related to human resources. For the first time, he could genuinely afford to rent a home in San Francisco, he writes. Now the problem was, he couldn't find one.

Talking to co-workers, I began to see that most of my fellow employees had moved to San Francisco within the last six months. So it appeared that many of my incoming counterparts were filling up potential rooms before I had a chance at them.
A month and half after starting the job, he "caught a break when a room opened up in a friend's household" and he "thought he had it made."

But two days later Zenefits ended his contract, letting him go.

That was it, game over. Not even spared a few minutes to say my goodbyes, I was promptly escorted out of the building. I went from homeless but employed to being housed but jobless in less than a week.
A taste of financial stability was enough to make him rethink his life, he writes. He doesn't want to live hand-to-mouth each month any more than he wants to work for a company "I don't believe in."
In the end, he's looking to leave San Francisco, he says, and write his novel, perhaps returning when he can really afford to live there.

75 comments:

Lydia Lady said...

Wonders shall Neva cease

Maureen Mordi said...

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Nnenne George said...

Very good.. Beautiful beginning for him..

Chidozie Bruce said...

Datz his miracle gud 4 him #sneh

YOUNG BUHARI said...

Oh.....Kay

Ngene Olivia said...

Interesting














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Babylawyer. said...

Sad for him.

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Adejoke fasasi said...

Good to know









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praizpaulinus said...

He'll sure find his way

Iphie Abraham said...

Eyah. It is well. Dis life hard sha














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joshua james said...

It can only get better..linda observe carefully

joshua james said...

It can only get better..linda observe carefully

kamustaka79 bluestone said...

Awww. Lucky him bt why jst 45days?

adegbulu adesayo said...

Heya,it is well

applegeniuz said...

Godwin for his side.
#kpomkwem#

BUSINESS PASTOR said...

Hmmm......

Ivy Godspower said...

Goodluck to him



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favour ezeh said...

I can see every thing turning around #Abi#

I MUST WIN LINDA GIVEAWAY said...

Thats turning the negative into a positive..... I recognise new testament thoughts when I see one..... strolls away

KELVIN OBIECHIE said...

Wow




~make I go drink one bottle of beer~

I MUST WIN LINDA GIVEAWAY said...

Thats turning the negative into a positive..... I recognise new testament thoughts when I see one..... strolls away

Queen Erekosima said...

wow congrat to him

Ebuka Emmanuel said...

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Samuel Uchenna said...

It is not easy out there

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lilian chinomso said...

Okay

Chinenye Divas said...

Ok.....

benneth Enwerem said...

Seen
*sips Orijin*

tsalz c.e.o said...

GOOD FOR HIM

haters-slayer o said...

Eeya

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JENNY IKEJI said...

Hmmmmmm could it be people from his village at work lolz well is bad hope he gets up back on his feet.

Anene Maryann said...

Sorry Sir, such is life nothing is permanent in dis f***king world.

Linda's bestie...

Nwa Nnewi.

Dafizy Flamezy said...

Hmmmm.#IamMe

mamazee a said...

And this is news?
Na wa!

merit edeki said...

Issokay...

Shhhhhhh

oluwatoyin ayodele said...

OK





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Adaobilinda her sexcellency said...

Congratulations to him... greater height I wish him.

Anonymous said...

Its a new year, dats jst an old chapter, a new beta one is coming

Vickyfabulous adeleyevictor17@gmail.com said...

Its a new year, dats jst an old chapter, a new beta one is coming

Adaobilinda her sexcellency said...

Congratulation for d initial work.. I wish him a greater height. It's not easy to be a man jare.

Akachi chidi said...

What an adventure...Believe

SHORTEST DUDE said...

Chai!

Emmy Blu Modesto said...

Signs of rapture in 2016

JAMSMYTH said...

Mainlander

Uzodave Startech said...

Great. #IRepLIB

STELLA JOSEPH said...

seen

Ogbewe Godfrey said...

A dreams come true.

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

I'm inspired


...merited happiness

chiamogu ijeoma said...

I'm nt a robot#slimmy

Rapuluchukwuifenineadigomma kingsley Wenceslaus said...

Wish him a lovely life.

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Eclectic said...

Ok

Eclectic said...

Ok

DBANJ CRUSH said...

Hmmmmm.......







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Nwariaku Munachi said...

That is God at work.

ahabike daniel said...

Make do with ur life

temitope faizat said...

Seen

Angel Makiz said...

keep pushing you will get there.angelmakiz@yahoo.com

IRECHUKWU CHIGOZIE said...

Enter your comment... God will bless him one day

bassey idoreyin said...

The first step makes the difference..

Ogbewe Godfrey said...

Favor

Timothy Nelson said...

Hmmmmm.. Good one

lilian chinomso said...

Eyaaahh

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Humble beginning

Di Mateo Xavie said...

nice motivation for the new year

Godwin Oseezy said...

This isn't news na, nothing extra ordinary about this post. Its a normal occurrence, nothing unique. With the comments I'm seeing, obviously majority didn't read the post through.








Wild flowers!

Precious Oguamah said...

What is the moral of this story

Ade Olasengbe said...

Kk

izy 2 nv said...

DON'T WORRY MAN. LIFE HAS ITS UPS N DOWNS. GUYS IN HERE...PICK A CUR FROM THIS MAN,. LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND XPLORE THE OPPORTUNITIES OUT THERE

Chiamaka Okey said...

Too bad! Just like hopeless hope...

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