Paul Krantz moved to San Francisco five years prior with a longing for living in a city of craftsmen and composing his novel. He went to the University of San Francisco, and scarcely made due on odd-occupations, he wrote in an article for The Bold Italic.
“When I arrived in San Francisco, it seemed that the majority of twenty somethings I met were in the same boat. However, today it seems that starving young artists and writers like myself are a dying breed,” he said.
He moved four times in five years, holding tight by sharing rooms with others. Yet, in that same time, things shifted in the city of San Francisco. Salesforce, Twitter, and many different organizations grew up, bringing a huge number of new tech specialists into the city. A little startup scene swelled. Laborers for the big tech organizations south of the city began to move to San Francisco and commute regularly in extravagant transports buses given by their firms. What’s more, the effectively costly land market in San Francisco turned out to be unaffordable to the point that Krantz got himself destitute, mulling over the shoreline.
Until he found an agreement work at the San Francisco startup Zenefits. He was employed as a copy editor to answer questions related to the HR. He could then truly afford to lease a home in San Francisco. However, the issue then became he couldn’t discover 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”, he wrote.
A month and a half went by after starting his job when he “caught a break when a room opened up in a friend’s household” and he “thought he had it made.”
Yet, just after two days, Zenefits ended his contract, releasing him.
“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”, he wrote.
An essence of monetary soundness was sufficient to make him reconsider his life, he composes. He wouldn’t like to live hand-to-mouth every month any more than he needs to work for an organization he doesn’t have faith in.
At last, he’s hoping to leave San Francisco, he says, and compose his novel, maybe returning when he can truly bear to live there.
Zenefits affirmed that Krantz was employed on a short-term contract and had no further remark.