The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00481

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The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
To Whom it May Concern: First and foremost, I request complete confidentiality of the comments I am providing. My story is given with the hope it may provide valuable information for the subject matter and not an avenue to invade my privacy. Thank you. I am a single Senior citizen with no children and living on a fixed income. My participation in the "sharing economy" has been beneficial in many ways. With the rising costs affecting all Americans, it was a welcomed opportunity that requires little to no personal expense for participation. It is an avenue to provide an alternative to individuals who need or want to travel on a budget and the desire to have a home away from home environment. My experience as a Host to the traveler has been rewarding in many ways. The issue of safety for myself and my guest was dispelled because of the verification process in place for all participants. It has been a great experience to meet individuals from other parts of the country and the world. It provides a casual and friendly arena for participants to be "ambassadors" of good will. I have the opportunity to meet new people, share cultures, provide a service and supplement my income. I worked hard to have my home and now I can have my home work for me. It's not easy at age 66 to re-enter the workforce, so the ability to "work from home" and share my home has been a great. This experience has been nothing less than positive! Without this opportunity and additional income, meeting some of my necessary living expenses would not have been possible. Those times with a higher electric bill, car repairs, increasing cost of fuel and food, etc. It has provided a means to remain self-sustaining and not rely on public assistance for support. Thank you for allowing me to share my story. I hope this will give you a better perspective of all the good the "sharing economy" does for the providers, participants, local and state government. In my opinion, it is a win win for all involved. Please don't create problems that aren't there. In other words: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Respectfully [REDACTED]