Elon Musk sparks further outrage by cutting free lunches for employees who survive the chopping block at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters – but ridiculers claim he’s ‘starving staff’
- Elon Musk has halted free meals for Twitter employees as some say he is now ‘starving’ the rest of his staff
- Musk officially took over Twitter last month and quickly cut spending and laid off thousands of employees
- During his recent move, Musk stopped free lunches for employees which he says cost $13 million a year
- The billionaire said the cost was excessive, especially as employee office occupancy was low
Elon Musk has cut free lunches for remaining Twitter employees in San Francisco as some claim he is now starving his staff.
Musk said lunches at the social media giant’s California headquarters have cost around more than $400 per person over the past 12 months.
The billionaire officially took over Twitter as part of a $44 billion deal struck last month. He has since fired Twitter CEO Parag Argrawal and laid off half of the company’s workforce, including thousands of contractors over the weekend.
Now, Musk appears to have taken the cost-cutting step a step further by removing free meals from employee benefits. Some people on Twitter were quick to talk about the billionaire’s recent decisions.
“He laid off 3/4 of the employees,” one person wrote. “Now he intends to starve the others.
Elon Musk has halted free meals for Twitter employees as some say he is now ‘starving’ the rest of his staff
Musk officially took over Twitter last month and quickly cut spending and laid off thousands of employees. Pictured: Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco
The decision to stop free meals was at the center of contention on Sunday after a New York Times headline announcing the decision.
Musk quickly responded to the headline and said: ‘Weird considering hardly anyone came to the office. The estimated cost per lunch served in the past 12 months is over US$400.’
To which a former Twitter employee replied: “That’s a lie. I ran this program until a week ago when I quit because I didn’t want to work for @elonmusk. For breakfast and lunch, we spend $20-25 per day per person, this allowed employees to work during lunch hours and meetings, attendance was 20-50% in the office.
The billionaire then replied: “False”. Twitter spends $13 million a year on food service for SF headquarters. Badge on file shows peak occupancy was 25%, average occupancy less than 10%.
“More people cook breakfast than eat it. They don’t even bother to serve dinner, because there’s no one in the building.
Musk has stopped free lunches for employees which he says cost $13 million a year
A former employee has debunked Musk’s claim that lunch costs $400 each
The billionaire said the cost was excessive, especially as employee office occupancy was low
Some Twitter users didn’t understand the complaints behind the removal of free lunches – and claimed that most companies require employees to buy their own food.
“At most companies, employees buy their own lunches and work a full shift,” one person wrote. “How lazy and authoritative these employees are.
“These people really have no idea what goes on in a normal work environment,” another wrote. “We bring our own food to work or go out to eat as we please. Once in a while our bosses buy lunch or something. We. Are. Adults.’
The move comes days after Musk fired thousands of contractors tasked with fighting misinformation on the site.
Some of the contractors said they didn’t realize they had been laid off until they couldn’t log in to work on Saturday. About 4,400 of 5,500 contractors have been laid off, according to Platformer News reporter Casey Newton.
Musk fired much of his full-time workforce via email a week before Nov. 4.
The billionaire also plans to charge $8 to have accounts on Twitter verified at a later date.
TIMELINE OF ELON MUSK’S CHAOTIC ATTEMPT TO TAKE CONTROL OF TWITTER
April 2: Musk announces that he owns 9.2% of the company, making him its largest single shareholder
April 14: Musk offers to take Twitter private at $54.20 per share, valuing the company at $44 billion
April 25: Twitter accepts Musk’s offer
April 29Musk sells $8 billion worth of Tesla stock to fund deal
May 13: Musk says Twitter deal on hold pending review of bot accounts
May 26: Musk is being sued by Twitter for stock market manipulation during a takeover
July 8: Musk says he’s pulling out of the deal. Twitter is suing, trying to force him to go all the way.
October 4: Musk again offers to go ahead with the deal at the original price
October 17: Proposed trial date in Delaware
October 26: Musk visits Twitter HQ with a sink, updates his bio on the site to ‘Chief Twit’ and sets his location to Twitter HQ
October 27: Musk’s $44 billion takeover of Twitter is finally complete
October 28: Musk is firing Twitter’s top employees, including CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal and senior counsel Vijaya Gadde, the woman responsible for President Trump’s ban after the Jan. 6 riots last year.
October 30: Musk tells Twitter employees to make verified accounts a feature exclusive to Twitter Blue, the platform’s paid subscription service
October 31: Musk confirms that he is the new CEO of Twitter and dissolves the board of directors