Life at the Googleplex just got a little less delicious. Google is cutting back on its famously generous food benefits, taking free dinners and free snacks off the menu, Valleywag reports. It’s a surprising change, since Google has milked its cafeteria for publicity, and recently told shareholders to expect more perks for employees, not fewer.
The change is due in part to a disastrous partnership with an outside restaurant management company, which led to the departure of Google’s star chefs. But it could also signal a change of heart from Google’s founders. Sergey Brin reportedly complained recently of his employees’ growing sense of entitlement to “bottled water and M&Ms,” though Brin denies that report.