The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00421

Submission Number:
00421
Commenter:
Robert THirlaway
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
AirBnB is a life saver. I'm retired USAF Non Commissioned Officer living off an income of $830 before federal and state taxes are taken out. My wife works hard in the retail grocery business as a cashier, stocker, part time, because only managers are full time. Without AirBnB's additional income we would be homeless we barely have enough to pay rent, pay utilities and buy food. AirBnB provides additional income so I don't have to rely on handouts from the government, or collect unemployment because I can't find a job. It's not about becoming rich, it's about surviving in a world with increasing costs for Housing, Food, Utilities Gas for our vehicles and maybe a little bit left over to save for when I can't work. AirBnb provides our customers a choice when it comes to Lodging and the services they want or need. The lodging industry is burdened with so many local, county and state taxes and a greed for more money, that having a choice to stay where our customers want at an affordable price is life changing. We also offer the ability to lodge guests who have pets where most hotels/motels do not allow pets, or charge extra. Having an option that is affordable, in a safe location and available in every city is what the American people want. Americans are tired of big business dictating what can an can not be available in this country. Americans are tired of corruption of those in positions of power in our Government. The 1% should not control 99% of the wealth in this country. The 1% have enough, they need to start giving back and letting this country grow again and build wealth up from the lowest levels of the citizen population. By allowing the average citizen the ability to provide a service AirBnB) to other service seeking individuals, this is what makes America great, a land of opportunity and potential to succeed. Thank You