The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00803

Submission Number:
00803
Commenter:
Donald Wopperer
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
To Whom This May Concern: I have been an AirBnb host for almost 2 years. I have not received a raise for 6 years, as a teacher, since state cutbacks in 2008 have been fierce. I actually endured a pay cut, due to furlough days. Our district is just starting to talk about raises after a huge effort from parents, teachers and other community members. AirBnb has made it possible for me to make needed repairs on my 90 year old home here in San Diego. Without the extra income, I'm certain my home would not be in good shape as it is now. AirBnb helps me be a better member of my community. The "internet honesty" system that is part of AirBnb is quite effective. Hosts review guests, and guests review hosts. If either is not legitimate, accurate, communicative or acting with integrity, reviews on the internet through AirBnb will stop either from renting their space. We get guests from all over the country and all over the world. I'm sure you understand the positive impact on San Diego's economy. Plus, the extra money in my hand, allows me to use and support businesses here. Overall, AirBnb is a great system. I hope you will consider my comments when making any decisions that could effect hosts and guests. Thank you for your time, Donald Wopperer San Diego, CA