United States / California / Fresno Metro Area / Counties / Cities / Zip Codes

Review of Fresno, California


I Was Bullied And Miserable Here
Star Rating - 1/13/2016
I moved to Fresno back in 2005 and lived there for a year and a half before I could no longer stand it anymore.

The area initially seemed very nice and pretty and I was looking forward to living there and having that experience. However, that lasted all but three days. My car was broken into and I was robbed. Wonderful Fresno welcome.

As if that wasn't bad enough, two weeks later I got my first job there. That's when my eyes were opened as to what to expect and what I'd deal with in the area. The childcare facility that hired me turned out to be a nightmare. The first location they sent me was literally down the street from where I worked. I seriously lasted until my lunch break on my very first day when I was called upfront to the office by management. There I was greeted with hostility and interrogation. One of the girls felt threatened by the fact that I had been placed as her aide and would take over her room when she learned my experience and credentials....and I was targeted because I was the only white employee and I wad new. Anyhow, she made up all these stories and lies about me saying that I trashed management, they didn't know what they were doing, I was taking over etc etc. Needless to say I was transferred to location #2.....

Location #2 was smack dab in the middle of THE ghetto. Again, the only white employee. They treated me horribly, bullied me and constantly made racial slurs against me. Even had the children call me names in Spanish and would laugh about it. One co worker whose Nephew was a child in the center threatened me and had me shunned because an Asian child bit her Nephew while in my care and she accused me of letting the Asian kid bite her Nephew because I was a cracker and favored the Asian kids over the Mexcican ones. One co worker threatened me by telling me that I better know my place because her boyfriend was a Bulldog gang member and had just been released from prison for murder.

The parents were somewhat nice to me UNTIL they found out I was from Oklahoma. Then they truly made my life a living hell. I was accused of being a racist just because I was from OK.....parents began filing complaints saying they didn't want me there any longer and came up with allegations like I wouldn't let their chikd eat or go to the bathroom etc etc. One day the black manager made me wear another employees ID tag (a 350lb black guy) and had me introduce myself as "Tyrone" so they could have their laughs and humiliate me. I stuck it out for a month and remained strong as long as I could.

My entire experience in Fresno was like that. It was horrible. I seemed to be a minority there, the crime rate wad very high, everything was extremely expensive and the standard of living is subpar. It's full of racism, ghettos and an overpriced quality of life.
Jill | Bowling Green, KY
Agree 388   Disagree 347  Thanks for Voting!   Report Abuse
Reply to this Comment

4 Replies


Seroquel 200/300 & Jill. You are on point. My job only wanted to have availability to be back in California in the Northern part instead of Southern. It seems we have been going through the same changes. Well! This place is trashy and you will think you are in a third world country. Trash everywhere, disrespectful, rude people, and slum landlords who don't update their property. The apartments are infested with roaches and alley cats taken over apartment complexes. And they have the audacity to say Fresno is known for this when you complain because they want you to accept it. No one stands up for anything, they accept because they like living in trash. It's so bad, my coworkers don't live in Fresno. They live on the outskirts and will commute that almost 2 hour drive every day just not to live there. Hopefully I can get to Southern part, because out here, the city doesn't care about the quality of life for their residents.
Tellitstr8 | Compton, CA | Report Abuse

I grew up with themThey are almost all that way.Blame the White Man.
cloudweller | Pittsburgh, PA | Report Abuse

So sorry to hear about your experience, believe me, you would've had a much better experience if you had a job on the north side of town. Racism isn't nearly as bad on the north side.
Derek | Fresno, CA | Report Abuse

Sorry to hear you had to experience the true Fresno. There is a LOT of racism against whites here. It sounds like you worked in government, and that is the worst. People in general are unfriendly here and rather lacking in class, but government workers are the most entitlement-minded people I've ever met here. I hope you went back to Oklahoma, or someplace sane. I'd rather deal with tornadoes than people in Fresno. I'll be out at retirement.
Rose | Fresno, CA | Report Abuse
MORE REVIEWS OF FRESNO, CALIFORNIA
Join BestPlaces