Don’t Yelp Yelp Unless You Have a Legitimate Reason To Do So

Today’s guest post is by Peppercommer Catharine Cody.

shooting-yourself-in-the-footYelp is world-famous for allowing consumers to sing the praises, or totally trash, the reputations of restaurants, retail outlets and just about any other product or service they experience. So, it’s pretty big news when Yelp gets Yelped.

So, what happens when Yelp gets Yelped by a Yelp employee?

Talia Ben-Ora worked at Yelp’s San Francisco office for a full year.  Ben-Ora believed she was being grossly underpaid, and after being denied a raise, wrote an open-letter to Yelp’s CEO admonishing him for how the company treats its employees. She wrote:

“So here I am, 25-years old, balancing all sorts of debt and trying to pave a life for myself that doesn’t involve crying in the bathtub every week. Every single one of my coworkers is struggling. They’re taking side jobs, they’re living at home.”

When I was 25, I was also trying to figure out how to manage my bills, but I wasn’t crying in a bathtub.  I was thanking my lucky stars I had a job that not only paid me on a regular basis, but helped me make connections with people who would help further my career later in life.

At the age of 27, I’m STILL trying to manage all of my bills. And guess what? I still take side jobs to make ends meet.

So, note to Talia: You’ve now labeled yourself as a complaining, whining little girl.  In fact, you may very well have Yelped yourself out of a bright, and successful, future.  What a GREAT life lesson for all Millennials everywhere. Think about the implications and ramifications of any rant before you hit the send button. And, if you don’t like what I’ve written, put it on Yelp.


2 thoughts on “Don’t Yelp Yelp Unless You Have a Legitimate Reason To Do So

  1. Thanks, Donna. I think it was the article on Business Insider that pointed out her Instagram post with the expensive bottle of alcohol! If she is going to complain, she should at least make sure all of her social media platforms support her arguments.

  2. I read her post too Catharine. How pathetic. I think someone pointed out that the photo she posted also included a very high end liquor, can’t recall which one. So she can afford booze but not her place and oh my God! she may have to move back home. Whiny whiny whiny. Good post and very timely.