A Twitter software engineer in San Francisco was ridiculed online after complaining about his struggles of living on what he deemed a “pretty bad” income of $160,000.
“I didn’t become a software engineer to be trying to make ends meet,” the beleaguered techie bemoaned to The Guardian in a trend piece about Silicon Valley workers “scraping by” in San Francisco.
The anonymous 40-something Twitter penny pincher detailed his pain of paying $3,000 in rent — “ultra cheap,” he said — for a two-bedroom Bay Area house with his wife and two children. He blamed millennials and their “hip coffee shops” for pricing him out of the market for a bigger house somewhere else.
Fellow San Franciscans were not exactly moved.
“Scraping by in the Bay Area on a six-figure salary sure must be difficult!!” San Francisco Chronicle reporter Lizzie Johnson tweeted in response to the story.
A University of San Francisco PhD student quipped, “Because the real story about the Bay Area housing crisis are the tech workers ‘scraping by’ on $160k per year.”
Twitter did not return a request for comment.
The unnamed cheap tweeter wasn’t the only one in Silicon Valley who went public with six-figure sorrow.
One tech worker, who went only by Michael and said he was paid $700,000 last year, told The Guardian he lost out on a $1.4 million house in Los Gatos because someone beat him to it with $1.7 million.
He said he accepted a 50% pay cut to relocate to San Diego, sacrificing his habits of “spending $8 on a bagel and coffee or $12 on freshly pressed juice.”
An anonymous woman, who said only that she works for “a major telecoms corporation,” acknowledged that she and her partner make more than $1 million together.
But upon surveying the Silicon Valley landscape, she observed, “This is part of where the American dream is not working out here.”
The woman said she beat cancer several years ago, and would be “deeply screwed” if she lost her job and if Obamacare disappeared.
San Francisco is by many measures the most expensive American city to live in, with the median one-bedroom apartment going for $3,500 a month, according to 2016 data from the real estate website Zumper.
But those prices hit many people much harder than those in the tech world.
A study from the real estate site Redfin, for instance, found that there are exactly zero homes in San Francisco County that are affordable for a teacher with the average salary of $59,700 .
According to Department of Housing and Urban Development data, San Francisco also has more homeless people per square mile than any American city behind New York — where $3,000 a month isn’t getting any families a two-bedroom house.