By: April Carson
After tech entrepreneur Elon Musk posted a Twitter poll asking whether Facebook's San Francisco headquarters should be turned into a homeless shelter, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos appears to have embraced Tesla CEO Elon Musk's suggestion.
In a tweet early Wednesday morning, Bezos said Amazon would be "happy to donate" $2 billion to the cause.
Musk's initial tweet came in response to a story about Facebook employees complaining about the homeless people near their offices.
"If you want to make a difference, convert Twitter HQ into a homeless shelter.
Last week, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed a 9.2 percent stake in Twitter, suggesting that the company's San Francisco headquarters "could potentially become a shelter since no one seems to be coming anyhow."
"Turn the Twitter SF HQ into a homeless shelter since no one appears to show up anyway," added Elon Musk.
Bezos, who retired as Amazon's CEO last year but remains the company's chairman, retweeted Musk's message, which included a link to GeekWire's coverage of an homeless shelter connected to one of Amazon's downtown Seattle office buildings in 2020.
"Thanks for the offer, Elon. We'll take you up on it," said Bezos in his tweet.
Amazon's headquarters in Seattle is home to a homeless shelter on its eight-story family complex, according to the report. The Mary's Place Family Center in The Regrade opened in early March 2020 and provides "shelter and support" for families who are homeless. Amazon's shelter residence can house up to 200 people each night and serves as a kitchen for those staying there temporarily.
The move by Amazon to house a homeless shelter at one of its Seattle office buildings comes as the city struggles with how to address its homelessness crisis. In 2019, Seattle declared a state of emergency over homelessness and has since invested millions of dollars in new shelter beds and services. But the problem persists, and many have criticized the city for not doing enough to help those in need.
Mr. Bezos responded, pointing to a report about an Amazon facility inhabited by a homeless shelter, adding that employees might volunteer in some of Twitter's space if they wished. Musk praised the notion as being "truly excellent."
Elon Musk has previously addressed the absence of an editing function, as well as celebrities like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift's limited usage of Instagram.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been critical of Amazon in the past, saying that the company is "killing small businesses." He also took a shot at Amazon's new policy that allows merchants to sell products without having to pay any fees.
"It's hard to be a small business when you have big business around," Dorsey said. "It's hard to be a small business when you have Amazon."
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