The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01749

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Bobbie Miller
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The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Greetings, I am a retired teacher, now a widowed, disabled , senior citizen. My retirement check barely covered my mortgage and utilities.. It wasn't easy. AirBnB was a blessing to me. The thing I was blessed with was a big 4 bedroom house we had raised our kids in. They were grown and I had a couple of rooms empty. I decided to try out renting out 2 rooms through AirBnB. I figured it could help me out financially, but I was amazed at how it enriched my life. I met so many really nice people, made a lot of friends, learned so much about other cities and countries where they were from. I met all kinds of folks. It really exposed me to, and opened my mind to other lifestyles, races, cultures, religions and people's perspective on different issues, socially, politically, religiously. I feel it brings us together as one people, creates better understanding of one another, and that, will ultimately bring world peace. Having someone in your home, in your space, at your dinner table, you see how they live, eat, pray, worship , and you realize, we are different, but through being exposed to them, it goes even deeper than that. We all have the same dreams for ourselves and our children, our grandchildren. It formed a common bond. Doing AirBnB, I was able to help my son go to college. He got government student financial aide, but needed money for books,(which are very expensive) I was able to buy him a Mac laptop, and I am now able to send him a couple hundred dollars a month for living expenses. I can also help my daughter with a few dollars if she runs short, she has 5 kids and unexpected things can come up. I have money to do things with my grandkids once in a while now. Take them to a movie or out for pizza. I could never have afforded that befor AirBnB. It brings us much closer spending fun times together, rather than them just coming over and watching TV because I couldn't afford to take them anywhere. Doing AirBnB has changed my life also. I can now afford to eat the way I need to eat for my health. Totally organic. I am now able to get a pedicure once a month. Get a new outfit occassionally and just not stress over money so much in these last years. AirBnB has been so much more for me and my family than I ever even thought it could be. It was definitely a Godsend.