Elon Musk is in hot water with the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection after reports of employees being forced to sleep in offices hit the internet.
On Tuesday, the remaining staff members arrived at the San Francisco headquarters to find beds, nightstands, and armchairs. What was once their workspace had been transformed overnight into bedrooms for staffers who will be working in the all-new “hardcore” conditions outlined by Musk as the app continues to undergo updates. Insiders claim there were about four to eight bedrooms on each floor.
While some dedicated staffers reportedly appreciated the new furniture, the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection was not impressed with the living arrangements, launching an investigation into Musk’s practices. The agency was first tipped off by an anonymous caller who filed a complaint through San Francisco’s 311 system, a hotline for non-emergency citywide concerns.
Patrick Hannan, communications director for the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection, confirmed his office was investigating whether Musk violated building code requirements. For spaces used for short-term stays, specific safety codes must be maintained.
Musk shot back at the department, claiming they were coming after his company for merely trying to make employees comfortable while on the job.
“So city of SF attacks companies providing beds for tired employees instead of making sure kids are safe from fentanyl,” he tweeted along with a link about the fatal overdose death of a 10-month-old baby who ingested fentanyl.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 6, 2022
This is just the latest controversy facing the platform since Musk took over. Mass layoffs, a failed subscription service, and an increase in hate speech on the app have left users wondering if Twitter would survive Musk’s rocky takeover.
Only time and new scandals will tell.