'We're all being fired! Exciting!': HMV staff take to official Twitter account to liveblog their own 'mass execution'

HMV moved to delete the posts from the @HMVtweets account, which broadcast news of a 'mass execution of loyal employees' to 61,500 followers

HMV faced a mutiny as disgruntled staff took over the struggling retailer’s Twitter account to express their anger at being fired.

Workers at the entertainment store “live blogged” their own sacking on the micro-blogging site as the administrators who took over the business confirmed news of 190 firings.

HMV moved to delete the posts from the @hmvtweets account, which broadcast news of a “mass execution of loyal employees” to 61,500 followers.

However the tweets had already been copied on screen grabs and widely distributed.

The rogue tweeter began: “We’re tweeting live from HR where we're all being fired! Exciting!!” Another tweet, apparently from an iPhone, reported “60 of us being fired at once”.

A subsequent posting read: “Just overheard our Marketing Director (he's staying, folks) ask 'How do I shut down Twitter?'”

The insurrection lasted 20 minutes before the company removed the tweets, which began trending with the hashtag, #HMVXFactorFiring.

Later on, more tweets appeared, apparently from a different member of HMV personnel, referring to the earlier comments.

The first read: "Our @hmvtweets picked up a lot of attention today, it’s clearly been a tough day for us all at hmv, please stick with us #hmvxfactorfiring.

"There have been job losses today, but not in our stores. We are still open for business, thx for your continued support #savehmv"

In direct reference to the disgruntled Tweeter, the latest post read:

"One of our departing colleagues was understandably upset. We’re still here thou, thx for supporting hmv thro these challenging times"

Deloitte, appointed to run HMV following the firm’s collapse into administration, confirmed that about 190 jobs had been cut across the company’s head office and distribution network.

The cuts were concentrated mostly in HMV's office on Eastcastle Street, London, where 78 jobs have gone. Others were lost at Canning Town, Marlow, and two sites in Birmingham.

However no redundancies have been made at the shops and all the outlets continue to trade.

The administrators have been in talks with restructuring specialist Hilco about taking over the business. Hilco bought HMV’s debt, a move that could pave the way to it taking control.

Nick Edwards, joint administrator, said:  “Since our appointment as Administrators over two weeks ago, we have been assessing the financial position of HMV.  Following this review, a number of redundancies at the head office and distribution centres have been made.

“Although such decisions are always difficult, it is a necessary step in restructuring the business to enhance the prospects of securing its future as a going concern.”

The collapse of the 92-year-old retail group earlier this month, placed 4,120 jobs and 223 stores at risk. Hilco, which helped turn round HMV Canada, is understood to have paid around £40 million for £120 million of HMV's debt, giving it effective control of the business.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Telesales Consultant - OTE £35,000

£18000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Would you like to sell somethin...

Recruitment Genius: Junior Graphic Designer / Marketing Assistant

£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: As a Junior Graphic Designer / ...

Recruitment Genius: Trainee Finance Assistant - Automotive

£15500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the South East's leading Motor Re...

Recruitment Genius: General Maintenance Person - Automotive

£16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the South East's leading Motor Re...

Day In a Page

Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen