Here’s a brief article about a maintenance man in New York who lived in the back of a shed…but earned a $100,000 salary.
I don’t say I blame him, but the odd thing was at the end of the story:
The worker is being charged $2,500 for the time he lived there. Now he’s living with his wife at a home in Pearl River, about 3 miles away.
So he already had a home where his wife lived? That doesn’t sound like mooching then. It sounds more like convenience to be closer to work.
When I worked in York, PA, and we still hadn’t decided whether to move from DC to PA yet, I traveled up on Monday mornings, stayed in a rented room ($350 per month I think), and drove back home on Fridays. It was tough because we just bought our first house and that left Stacie to maintain it AND the pool during the week.
Not knowing that I would leave the company and go back to DC (Rockville, MD really) after only 5 months on the job, I was very close to selling my car for a van or truck and sleeping in it during the week. I had the plan to join Gold’s Gym and shower there, and use the internet at work or the library. It would all be much cheaper than renting a room, but the legality and safety of it made me (and Stacie) second-guess the plan. Actually, it was Stacie calling me a fool for the idea.
Nevertheless, I left the company (which I regretted at the time and still do because they were great people in a great area), but there was too much turmoil and decision after they got acquired by a larger company. I went for the sure-thing: a job close to home that paid more, but I haven’t been as happy since leaving.
Maybe one day I’ll go back, but I won’t think about sleeping in the back of a van down by the river this time.
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