The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00299

Submission Number:
00299
Commenter:
Cathy Crothers
State:
Colorado
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I have always been an underpaid high tech professional. I work 45 hours a week to maintain my current lifestyle. I recently became a full-time parent as my ex can't afford to keep both our children now I have to make my income go 2x as far as before. We wouldn't be able to afford to go anywhere if it weren't for cool energy and time sharing ideas like Airbnb, Uber. Now I hear there's a farm-hotel concept starting up for folks that want to stay on a farm and enjoy the farmer experience. Wish I thought of that one. By the way, I have a hundred hours of "paid time off" and no money to go anywhere. But I'd like to take my kids somewhere this summer. On Airbnb - there's a miner's cabin in the Colorado gold country that would make a lifetime memory for me and my kids - I hope I get to take them. Let it be known some of the cheapest hotels I've ever stayed in were in nasty neighborhoods, dirty, no towels, not worth the $40 I paid. I've paid taxi rates in big cities $40 to dive 15 miles. Just outragious and a little competition is good for any economy. Thanks for listening, Single parent in Colorado.