Twitter CEO Elon Musk is cutting costs at his struggling new company, even firing janitors, reportedly forcing some employees to bring in their own toilet paper.
Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters — and the company’s Seattle office — get smelly and disgusting after Musk boasted that he was “cutting costs like crazy.”
Workers are now stuck on two floors at Twitter headquarters after four other floors were shut down and moldy food isn’t helping.
“The smell of leftover food and body odor has lingered on the floors … the bathrooms have become dirty”[ads1]; and with the guards away, some “workers have resorted to bringing their own rolls of toilet paper from home,” the New York Times reported Thursday. , with reference to reports from employees.
Musk abruptly canceled janitorial services early this month at the headquarters, NBC News reported. Janitors said they were locked out without warning just weeks before the holiday after they sought better pay and the company terminated a cleaning contract.
One janitor, who told the BBC he had worked at Twitter for 10 years, said he was told by Musk’s team that eventually his job wouldn’t even exist because robots would replace human cleaners.
But the robots haven’t appeared yet.
While the janitorial cuts may have the most dramatic impact on remaining workers right now, Musk has also shut down servers that run a critical data center in Sacramento, according to the Times. Twitter has also reportedly simply stopped paying millions of dollars in rent and for various services.
Musk was apparently forced to take drastic measures to save the struggling operation. He described the company in a December 20 Twitter Spaces talk as “basically … a plane headed for the ground at high speed with the engines on fire and the controls not working.”