The Yelp Underpaid-Employee Saga Continues

140245452.jpgThis weekend a (now former) Yelp employee, Talia Jane, wrote an open letter to her employers revealing the financial struggles brought on by her low paycheck, and criticizing the irony of the company spending millions on a food delivery app while employees “can’t afford to buy food.” The post was widely shared, and Jane was subsequently let go – a move which, predictably, Yelp Human Resources claims was not caused by the letter but which Jane herself says was a direct result.

Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman has since taken to Twitter to acknowledge Jane’s point that the cost of living in San Francisco is much to high, but skirt around her direct attacks. Both Stoppelman and other spokespeople have mentioned expanded entry level employment in areas where the cost of living is cheaper.

It’s likely that this event will blow over without too great of an effect on Yelp’s sales or stocks. But the viral nature of the original post reveals a distrust for the large companies like Yelp and Seamless which increasingly act as middlemen between restaurants and their guests.

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Single-Serve Coffee Pods Banned in Hamburg


These days, it’s difficult to read anything about Keurig Company or the now-ubiquitous single-serve coffee pods without a reminder of the waste they produce. The pods are often made with a mixture of aluminum and plastic  which, combined with the organic matter left inside after use, makes them nearly impossible to recycle and an increasing burden to strained landfills. Still, in Western Europe the pods make up one third of the coffee market, for a total of  €18 billion.

Now the city of Hamburg has taken a stand against the pods and the machines which exclusively brew them (known as “Kaffeekapselmaschine” in German), by banning the purchase of these machine’s with taxpayer money. This means that they will no longer be found in any municipal buildings, and government employees will return to other brewing methods for the time being. This may not make a huge dent in that €18 billion market, but it is further indication of backlash against the pods, and further motivation for companies looking to find eco-friendly versions that are biodegradable or easily recyclable.

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