An ex-Google worker has revealed how he lived at the firm’s campus in Mountain View, California, for 54 weeks between 2005 and 2006, kicking off a trend.
Matthew Weaver told the BBC that he had been dared to spend a year based out of a campervan parked on one of the company’s lots.
He added that while he believed he was the first to do so, several others later followed his lead.
The story then goes on to detail the many perks these “homeless” Googlers enjoyed on the Mountain View campus while living out of vans and cars. It makes a kind of weird sense; why get a real home when all the vitals are available at your job—laundry, food, showers, foosball tables?
Although this quote from one of the Google employees does offer some reason for getting a room of one’s own:
He added that he had been comfortable with the lifestyle, but eventually moved out because it had become “a bit weird” to explain it to women he was dating.
The story doesn’t really go into why exactly all these employees opted to do this. Was rent so unaffordable elsewhere? Were the company’s famed perks too enticing to be separated from? But an amusing read nonetheless.