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Days after firing 2,400 people, WeWork boss shares photo of $100 pasta dinner

WeWork Chairman Marcelo Claure has left a bad taste in the mouth.

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Updated: Nov 25, 2019, 03.05 PM IST
Marcelo ​​Claure is now controlling WeWork with the technology investment company SoftBank. ​
Marcelo Claure is now controlling WeWork with the technology investment company SoftBank.
NEW DELHI: WeWork is in the news, yet again. Barely a day after the co-sharing workspace company earned bad press following the axing of 2,400 people, it has courted controversy.

And this time for its Chairman Marcelo Claure's insensitive behaviour. The Bolivian-American techpreneur was slammed after he shared a post of him enjoying a $100 pasta-tasting dinner. The dinner happened a day after the SoftBank-led company sacked 2,400 employees. Claure's photo of the Pasta-Tasting Menu in Babbo, a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City, on his public Instagram story, went viral. He posted two Instagram Stories with images of the menu and two meals that were titled 'Pasta overdose' and 'Which one'.

A report in the Daily Mail, quoting the restaurant's website, said that the Pasta Tasting Menu is priced at $110 per person and accompanying wines charge $80 per person.

Screenshot of Marcelo Claure's ​​Instagram Story
Screenshot of Marcelo Claure's Instagram Story

Meanwhile, Claure is now controlling WeWork with the technology investment company SoftBank.

WeWork released approximately 20 per cent of its staff on November 21. In an email to employees last week, Claure said jobs would be eliminated in areas that "do not directly support our core business goals," referring to WeWork's main office-leasing operations.

Additionally, the company earlier said employees being laid off "will receive severance, continued benefits, and other forms of assistance to aid in their career transition."

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