Just days after Elon Musk finally took the reins of social media megalith Twitter, the eccentric billionaire began to suggest that the platform was nearing bankruptcy. This was a bit of a shock to some, given that Musk had just paid the exorbitant sum of $44 billion for the site, after fighting for months about the number of spam and bot accounts therein.
Now, in an effort to somehow salvage his perplexing investment, Musk has apparently made major adjustments to the way that Twitter’s physical locations are cleaned…and it’s leaving employees to pick up the slack.
Musk’s scramble to save money included a move this month to abruptly fire janitors who worked at the company’s San Francisco headquarters. The cuts came after the janitors had gone on strike for more pay.
The absence of janitors has “left the office in disarray,” with bathrooms that have “grown dirty” and persistent smells of “leftover takeout food and body odor,” the New York Times reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.
The report said some employees are bringing in their own toilet paper because no janitors are on hand to replace supplies. Musk has purportedly packed Twitter employees onto two floors while shutting down four others.
This is just the latest bizarre move by Musk, who promised to “unlock” Twitter’s free speech capabilities during his time atop the platform, but has instead used his power to arbitrarily censor and ban those accounts that have been criticizing him.