For $1,200 A Month, You Too Can Live In A Tech Bro Flophouse

As the U.S. election looms, certain parties are making a new push for a less capitalist America -- the kind of place where 20- and 30-somethings no longer have to sell a kidney to live, eat, and pay a doctor look at their gaping kidney holes. But those idealists are fools, fools. Don't they know that the uber-capitalists of Silicon Valley are already finding ways to fix all those problems? In fact, one startup has already solved the housing crisis with a revolutionary idea (that was already perfected like 5,000 years ago by the crappiest innkeepers in Mesopotamia).

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You see, if the tech industry is good at one thing -- and that's being generous by a factor of 1 -- it's reinventing the wheel and turning it into a subscription-based ring-enhanced travel service called "We-L." Out of that disruptive mindset has come PodShare, a California company that offers "pod housing" as an alternative to the extortionately high housing cost in Los Angeles and San Francisco. For only $1,200 a month, young tech bros and broke artists can buy a "subscription" (or as people not trying to circumvent pesky tenant rights call it, renting) to a single bunk bed in a common room, a small TV, WiFi, and basic amenities like toothpaste and (most importantly of all) ramen.

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PodShare's many, many critics have condemned its greedy and unoriginal concept, comparing PodShare to an overpriced hostel or dorm. But that isn't fair. At least a hostel offers the promise of travel and excitement, and living in a dorm implies you think you have a bright non-dystopian future ahead of you.

No, PodShare is a medley of every housing crisis of the past 200 years. A "membership" that allows more transient customers to stay in any free bed in any of their locations? That's a homeless shelter with a WiFi login. And the "opportunity" to work for the company in exchange for living in one of their pods is the most Steinbeckian nonsense we've heard in a long time. But most importantly of all, being a Silicon Valley entrepreneur exploiting the poor and immigrants without a credit score by forcing them to pay exorbitant fees for a mattress and a tenth of a sink? That's just being a slumlord.

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