ABC reports that last month, multiple floors of Goldman Sachs Tower in Jersey City, New Jersey have been inspected and treated for bed bugs.
Employees who work in Goldman’s Jersey City, N.J., office tower have been moved from certain floors and ordered out of the building at times because exterminators have been in checking and spraying for bed bugs, said two separate sources at the firm.
ABC notes, however, that sources claimed the treatment was only “a precautionary measure”:
. . . sources at the firm said exterminators last month were spraying for bed bugs on several different floors in Goldman’s Jersey City office building. Floors were evacuated and dogs and pesticides were brought in. One person was moved to another floor and not allowed to take anything from the desk.
Another non-Goldman source but who is connected with the office tower’s operations confirmed the spraying but added that it was done as a precautionary measure following a report from some employees there who had experienced issues with bed bugs — outside the office. Exterminators told ABC News that companies rarely, if ever, bring in dogs and pesticides as a precautionary measure but only when enough complaints have been lodged or a problem apparent. At the same time, a full-blown response to even a whiff of bed bugs is nevertheless consistent with Goldman, a firm with deep pockets and an ongoing public relations problem post financial crisis.
So, according to ABC, either Goldman Sachs Tower has (or has recently had) bedbugs, or Goldman Sachs has multiple Jersey City employees who have experienced bedbugs “outside the office”.
Either way, not good.
It is, however, a good reminder to everyone that no one is immune to bed bugs.
Goldman Sachs employees and other New Jersey residents may wish to weigh in with their senators on the bed bug bill currently in the NJ Senate, described in this post.