Elon Musk remembers getting discounts at Jack in the Box after the food poisoning outbreak in the 90s
Elon Musk has revealed that he took advantage of discounts at the fast food chain Jack in the Box after an infamous food poisoning incident in the 1990s.
Musk shared the story an interview with a Tesla owners fan club published Friday, recalling how he and his brother Kimbal often frequented a Silicon Valley location of the chain.
Although Musk, the world’s richest man, appeared to poke fun at his younger self for scrambling to save money, the interview received some backlash after he laughed when he cited the 1993 outbreak that killed four children.
“The funny thing was that when we — Jack in the Box was on a discount because, like a few years before, people had died eating at Jack in the Box,” he said.
Elon Musk has revealed that he took advantage of discounts at fast food chain Jack in the Box after an infamous food poisoning incident in the 1990s
Musk said he ate “almost every night” with his brother Kimbal at this Jack In The Box in Silicon Valley in the mid-1990s.
“So, we think, this is a great one, okay, they should charge less, you know?” Musk continued.
“I think they’ve improved their food quality or whatever. But because some people had died of food poisoning from Jack in the Box, it was — that’s how scroungy we were,” he said.
“Like, we’re like, okay, we’re not going to McDonald’s. We go to Jack in the Box because the food is cheaper because they had food poisoning.”
Musk explained in a tweet following the interview: “My brother and I had dinner at the El Camino Jack in the Box almost every night around the late 95’s. Some people had died of food poisoning a few years earlier, so prices were low.’
The 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak is one of the most infamous food poisoning incidents in modern history.
The outbreak, which came from contaminated beef patties, killed four children and sickened 732 people in the states of California, Idaho, Washington and Nevada.
Musk is seen in 1995, the year he regularly ate Jack In The Box to save money. The moment he built his first company, a startup called Zip2
Just weeks after his inauguration, President Bill Clinton hosted a town hall and was faced with questions from the parents of 17-month-old Riley Detwiler, one of the children killed in the outbreak.
The deadly incident threatened the survival of the Jack in the Box chain, but the company was eventually able to recover after implementing strict new food safety protocols.
After the interview, some critics were quick to accuse Musk of taking the deadly food poisoning incident lightly.
“Elon Musk thinks it’s funny that people have died,” tweeted former NBCUniversal CEO Mike Singleton.
Others disagreed, with one person commenting, “I think he’s laughing at risking his life to score a cheap meal…not that kids actually died.”
Musk previously caused a furore by saying he has a “super bad feeling” about the economy, in an email to Tesla executives seen by Reuters.
Elon and Kimbal Musk are seen with their mother Maye. The two brothers worked together on Elon’s first startup in the 90s and Kimbal is now on the board of Tesla
The message, sent Thursday and titled “pause all hiring worldwide,” came two days after the billionaire told staff to return to the workplace or leave, and adds to a growing chorus of warnings from company leaders about the risks. of a recession.
Tesla shares fell 9 percent on Friday after the Reuters report. The tech-heavy Nasdaq lost about 2 percent.
In another email to employees on Friday, Musk said Tesla will cut its salaried workforce by 10 percent because it is “overstaffed in many areas.” But “the hourly workforce will increase,” he said.
“Note, this does not apply to anyone who builds cars, builds batteries or installs solar energy,” Musk wrote in the email seen by Reuters.
By the end of 2021, nearly 100,000 people were employed by Tesla and its subsidiaries, the annual SEC filing found. It made no distinction between the number of wage earners and hourly employees.