Elon Musk causes fresh outrage by scrapping free lunches for employees who survive the chopping block at Twitter’s HQ in San Francisco – but ridicules claims he is ‘starving staff’

  • Elon Musk halted free meals for Twitter employees as some say he is now ‘starving’ the remainder of his staff
  • Musk officially took over Twitter last month and has been swift to cut back on expenses and lay off thousands of employees 
  • In his recent move, Musk stopped free lunches for employees that he claimed costs $13 million a year 
  • The billionaire said the cost was excessive, especially since employee office occupancy was low 

Elon Musk scrapped free lunches for Twitter‘s remaining employees in San Francisco  as some claim he is now starving his staff. 

Musk said lunches at the social media giant’s California headquarters cost about more than $400 per person in the past 12 months. 

The billionaire officially took over Twitter in a $44 billion deal closed 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 cost cutting one step further by removing free meals from employee benefits. Some people on Twitter were quick to speak out about the billionaire’s recent decisions.

‘He fired 3/4 of the employees,’ one person wrote. ‘Now he’s planning to starve the rest.  

Elon Musk halted free meals for Twitter employees as some say he is now ‘starving’ the remainder of his staff

Musk officially took over Twitter last month and has been swift to cut back on expenses and lay off thousands of employees. Pictured: Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco

Musk officially took over Twitter last month and has been swift to cut back on expenses and lay off thousands of employees. Pictured: Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco 

The decision to halt free meals was at the center of contention on Sunday following a New York Times headline announcing the decision.  

Musk swiftly responded to the headline and said: ‘Bizarre given that almost no one came to the office. Estimated cost per lunch served in past 12 months is >$400.’ 

To which a former Twitter employee responded: ‘This is a lie. I ran this program up until a week ago when I resigned because I didn’t want to work for @elonmusk. For breakfast & lunch we spend $20-$25 a day per person. This enabled employees to work thru lunchtime & mtgs. Attendance was anything from 20-50% in the office. 

The billionaire then said: ‘False. Twitter spends $13M/year on food service for SF HQ. Badge in records show peak occupancy was 25%, average occupancy below 10%. 

‘There are more people preparing breakfast than eating breakfast. They don’t even bother serving dinner, because there is no one in the building.’ 

Musk stopped free lunches for employees that he claimed costs $13 million a year

Musk stopped free lunches for employees that he claimed costs $13 million a year

One former employee debunked Musk's claim that lunch costs $400 each

One former employee debunked Musk’s claim that lunch costs $400 each

The billionaire said the cost was excessive, especially since employee office occupancy was low

The billionaire said the cost was excessive, especially since employee office occupancy was low

Some Twitter users didn’t understand the complaints behind removing free lunches – and claimed that most companies require employees to purchase their own food.

‘In most businesses, employees buy their own lunches and work a full shift,’ one person wrote. ‘Just how lazy and entitled are these staff.’ 

‘These people really have no grasp of what goes on in a normal work environment,’ another wrote. ‘We bring our own food to work or go out to eat on our own dime. Occasionally, our bosses buy lunch or something. We. Are. Adults.’

The move comes days after Musk fired thousands of contractors responsible for battling misinformation on the site. 

Some of the contractors said they didn’t realize they were sacked until they weren’t able to log onto work on Saturday. About 4,400 of 5,500 contractors have been fired, according Reporter Casey Newton from Platformer News.

Musk fired much of its full-time workforce by email a week before on November 4.

The billionaire also plans to charge $8 for accounts on Twitter to be verified at a later date.

TIMELINE OF ELON MUSK’S CHAOTIC ATTEMPT TO TAKEOVER TWITTER 

April 2: Musk announces that he owns 9.2 percent of the company, making him its largest single shareholder 

April 14: Musk offers to take Twitter private at $54.20 a share, valuing the company at $44billion 

April 25: Twitter accepts Musk’s offer

April 29: Musk sells $8billion in Tesla shares to finance deal 

May 13: Musk says Twitter deal is on hold pending a review of bot accounts

May 26: Musk is sued by Twitter for stock manipulation during takeover 

July 8:  Musk says he’s backing out of the deal. Twitter sues, trying to force him into seeing it through.

October 4: Musk proposes again 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 completed

October 28: Musk fires top Twitter employees, including CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal and top counsel Vijaya Gadde, the woman responsible for banning President Trump after the January 6 riots last year.

October 30: Twitter employees are told by Musk to make verified accounts a feature that’s exclusive to Twitter Blue, the platform’s paid subscription service

October 31: Musk confirms he’s the new CEO of Twitter and dissolves the board of directors

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