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Facebook employee lives in her car due to high rent in Silicon Valley

The average rent for a one-bedroom in Silicon Valley exceeds $2,300.

  • Published: July 31, 2017 12:08 PM IST
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Unable to afford an apartment in Silicon Valley, a contractor working for Facebook is being forced to live out of her car. According to a report in Daily Mail, Parsha, who has earned a sobriquet ‘Pinky’ for her pink hair, pink car and pink dog, is already burdened with student loans and medical bills. “I tell people all the time, stop looking at what somebody got and what you see on the outside,” ‘Pinky’ Parsha was quoted as saying. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!

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According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the average asking rent for a one-bedroom apartment in northern California neighbourhood is over $2,300 a month — which Parsha, who has two children, cannot afford. So she lives in a car and has not yet divulged to her co-workers about her condition, fearing she may be looked down upon at her workplace. Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark Zuckerberg

“They would be shocked that I’m going through that because they would be like ‘I see you smiling at work, you appear to be happy. You look normal, you look clean’,” Parsha said. But now she plans to make her living condition public, hoping to stir a debate about the high rents in the Bay area neighbourhood. “I think that companies need to look at the salaries, are we paying employees enough to survive?”

According to Facebook, the company “understands and recognises the burdens a higher cost of living has on the less prosperous part of the community”. “Facebook is committed to being active and responsible neighbours by supporting the communities near Menlo Park headquarters,” a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.

According to the report, Facebook claims to have invested an initial $20 million contribution to community groups, philanthropies and companies in an effort over the next few months and years to grow their regional impact. When asked about Parsha’s living conditions, Facebook said that Parsha was not a direct employee, but worked for a third-party contractor affiliated with the social media company. But the company’s representative added that Facebook strives to create a fair and equitable work environment for all of its employees, including contractors. ALSO READ: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is world s fifth richest person

“The minimum salary at Facebook is $15 an hour (which includes third party contractors), and the company has instituted better conditions for contractors, including 15 days’ off, paid vacation and a new child care benefit of $4,000,” the report noted. But Parsha said she has been working with Facebook for just two months and has already begun looking for a second job in order to help pay the bills. ALSO READ: Businesses are paying Facebook to promote positive stories about them: Report

She also runs a non-profit organisation called “Love n Me” that aims at empowering women and girls to pursue a successful life. Parsha had undergone abuse and depression in past but she bounced back and pursued higher education and completed her Master’s degree in Counselling.

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  • Published Date: July 31, 2017 12:08 PM IST



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