The city of San Francisco is reportedly investigating Elon Musk for converting some office space inside Twitter’s headquarters into sleeping quarters for employees.
What is the background?
When Twitter employees returned to work on Monday, they discovered that several conference rooms inside the company’s headquarters had been made over as bedrooms.
A photo of one converted bedroom shared with Forbes showed bright orange carpeting, a wooden bedside table and what appears to be a queen bed, replete with a table lamp and two office armchairs just begging for convivial workplace collaboration.
One source said that no announcement or context was provided to employees, and presumed that the beds are for remaining “hardcore” staffers to be able to stay overnight at the office.
What is happening now?
San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection is investigating Musk and Twitter for potentially violating city building codes by using space designated for work as living areas, according to Forbes.
The investigation was initiated after someone filed an official complaint with the city.
“We need to make sure the building is being used as intended,” Patrick Hannan, a spokesman for the department, said in a statement. “There are different building code requirements for residential buildings, including those being used for short-term stays. These codes make sure people are using spaces safely.”
“No one is above the law,” he declared.
Hannan explained that city inspectors will “conduct a site inspection as part of our investigation,” and if Twitter is found to be in violation of building codes, then the city will “issue a notice of violation.”
How did Musk respond?
Musk responded on Tuesday by highlighting the irony of San Francisco wasting time inspecting Twitter’s headquarters when the city overall remains in disarray. He directed his response at Mayor London Breed (D).
“So city of SF attacks companies providing beds for tired employees instead of making sure kids are safe from fentanyl,” Musk responded. “Where are your priorities @LondonBreed!?”
Musk linked to a horrific story detailing how a 10-month-old baby died last week after having “suffered an accidental fentanyl overdose” while playing at a San Francisco park.
The baby’s tragic death remains under investigation.