HMV today laid off 60 employees, as was confirmed on the Twitter accounts of former staffer Ewan Pinder and, in a bizarre twist, on the hijacked Twitter feed of the company itself.
Nearly one hour ago, Pinder tweeted that he'd been laid off from HMV, the U.K. games and entertainment retailer that's been in a restructuring period after going into administration earlier this month. In a follow-up tweet, Pinder explained that "about 60" company employees (including CFO Ian Keynon, according to an MCV report) were sitting in an HR meeting, awaiting their firing notices.
Yes that's it! First batch now gone and questions being fielded. Clearly very upsetting and unhappy!— Ewan Pinder (@EwanPinder) January 31, 2013
Pinder appears to have gauged the mood of the room correctly — shortly thereafter, someone took over the official HMV Twitter account to comment on the layoffs.
"We're tweeting live from HR where we're all being fired! Exciting!! #hmvXFactorFiring," the first tweet read.
"There are over 60 of us being fired at once! Mass execution, of loyal employees who love the brand. #hmvXFactorFiring," a follow-up read. "Just overheard our Marketing Director (he's staying, folks) ask 'How do I shut down Twitter?' #hmvXFactorFiring"
Those tweets commenting on the matter have since been removed. We've reached out to Deloitte, the company in charge of HMV's administration, to find out exactly how many layoffs the company will be undergoing today.