This Story About Facebook Workers in Menlo Park Is Depressing as Hell
In his recent adventures beyond the valley, Mark Zuckerberg has made a point of hammering on the issue of income inequality, saying the US should “explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things.” But Zuckerberg needs to look no further than his own workers who live just miles from Facebook’s Frank Gehry-designed campus to find striking examples of appalling income disparity.
A new story from The Guardian sheds light on two Facebook contractors who live in a two-car garage with their children. Nicole and her husband Victor both work in Facebook’s cafeterias, but even though they earn well above Facebook’s $15-per-hour minimum, they say it’s not enough to provide for their three children—ages nine, eight, and four.
“He doesn’t have to go around the world. He should learn what’s happening in this city,” Nicole said.