Meet The Tens Of Thousands Of Americans Desperate For A Job At Amazon

Tyler Durden's picture

Today was Amazon Jobs Day, which the company said was "its biggest hiring event of the year" in which it would interview and hire 50,000 full-time and part-time employees in communities all around the country, mostly for vacant warehouse worker positions. The jobs fair is part of Amazon's pledge to hire 130,000 workers by 2018.

Among the perks listed were the following: Full-time positions include medical benefits starting on day one and tuition pre-payment for high demand careers. Part-time positions include medical benefits that begin after 90 days and tuition pre-payment.

The company said it offers "competitive pay" for full-time workers as well as part-time workers. Wages for the advertised positions range from $11.50 an hour in Tennessee to $13.75 an hour near Amazon's Seattle headquarters.

Amazon provided the following handy dress code tips for today's interviews:

  • Long hair must be pinned or tied up to a length that does not exceed the top of the shoulder. Beards may not exceed three inches from the face without being tied up or netted
  • Extraneous articles hanging from clothing, such as chains or drawstrings, can cause a safety-risk and are prohibited
  • We ask guests to wear flat, closed-toe and closed-heel shoes.
  • Jewelry that dangles or protrudes from the body may come in contact with machinery and result in a safety hazard

In Robbinsville, New Jersey, Morgan Devries, 21, told NBC News she used to work in retail but is now applying for work at Amazon because the industry doesn't pay well enough.  "I work at the airport and they are paying people $12 and under [per hour]," Clarence Williams told NBC News. "People cannot live on that type of wage! If you look at the long line, no one here is making good money."

Some lucky candidates would be given job offers on the stop: they will pack or sort boxes.

Considering Amazon's exponential surge in (mostly part-time) employment, today's countrywide job fair was not surprising.

What was surprising, however, are the long lines of thousands of unemployed people who showed up desperate for even a part-time job across the nation. And yes, as the gentleman says 55 seconds into the clip below, he is "desperate."

Some more examples, from New Jersey:

More Jersey:





Is this what a "full employment", according to the Fed, economy looks like? 

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Truther's picture

It's a fucking soup kitchen.

Never One Roach's picture

Maybe they'll get paid with WF food coupons?

A $5 coupon will buy you one Whole Food organic carrot.

The_Juggernaut's picture

The ones who do get hired might be replaced by a robot within the year.

Jim Sampson's picture

Just wait until the robots are unleashed.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Don't hire the Baltimorons, or anywhere in Maryland in general. The ultra-liberal politicians in Maryland will quickly price the laborers out of employable range. Besides, all the Baltimorons are good at is pop'n a cap in yo azz.

GoldRulesPaperDrools's picture



Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

They don't call them Baltimorons for nothing.

tmosley's picture

Just what I was thinking.

This is a PR move.

The central planners's picture

All those foolish guy were told it was the line to buy bitcoin cash.

847328_3527's picture
Angry Amazon sellers: New refund policy will crush small businesses


Amazon (AMZN) sellers are up in arms over a new returns policy that will make it easier for consumers to send back items at the merchant's expense.

That means a buyer will no longer need to contact the seller before sending an item back, and the merchant won't have the opportunity to communicate with the customer.

"Customers will be able to print a prepaid return shipping label via the Online Return Center instantly," the email said.


Now peeples can order that Big Screen Tv for the impotent game and watch kerpeckian kneeling, and return it fo free !


PS: Sounds like that policy needs some fine tuning.

redmudhooch's picture

Thats the point. America is a monopoly.

floridasandy's picture

you can do the same thing with their new clothing line, and they pay shipping both ways--seems like trouble to me.

Son of Loki's picture

I know women love to buy stuff, thry it on or wear the dress to a party, yhern return it and get a full refund from the dept store or I guess now Amazon also. So how does Amazon clean stuff like that and do they then resell stuff others have worn?



Dovda Wimar's picture

I just bought a new wifi extender from amazon. It came in a damaged box and was quickly evident someone had previously tried to install it and then returned it. Amazon just took the return and shipped it to me as new merchandise. I didn't even try it.... automatic return. Problem is, when they send me the replacement, it will probably be the same damn device.

Son of Loki's picture

Be sure it did not come from a China seller. I have had problems with sellers from China sending stuff that does not work or is damaged and returns/refunds are a hassle with them. Iuse only American sellers with a high feedback score of 90% or above and at least 50 feedbacks esp with electronics items.


You can buy very very cheap clothing from Chinese sellers but the quality is usually not too good. My sister has a dress or two from China that costs her about $12 a piece and they look nice but after one wash fall apart. The quality is not as good as something like Chaps or Talbots. Of course, for $12 with free shipping from China for a dress she should not expect too much.

SoDamnMad's picture

Order those expensive Easter outfits for the Sunday church photos and Easter Egg Hunt  then return them the next day. FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Archibald Buttle's picture

this is, hopefully, a self-inflicted shot to the foot. if i were a small business owner that was using amazon this might just push me over the edge and make me pay some kid to set up a functioning website so i could sell direct to the customer.

disclaimer: i own no business, but if i did i would steer way the fuck clear of amazon, just because.

Automatic Choke's picture

"A $5 coupon will buy you one Whole Food organic carrot."

I'm still waiting for somebody to show me an inorganic carrot.....

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"inorganic carrot"

I'd like a carrot with a side order of RoundUp please.

American Psycho's picture

Nah, Round Up is composed of organic compounds.  You'd have to eat your carrot infused with lead, antimony, and yttrium if you want an inorganic carrot. 

Archibald Buttle's picture

plastics. the way of the future, i tells ya! we'll be mining plastics on asteroids with self-replicating robots any day now!

The central planners's picture

Those ex US diplomats in Russia can send their applications online?

Clock Crasher's picture

I'm taking my welding accreditation and A&P cert to a gold/silver miner.

They can pay me in stock options, food and warm sleeping bag.

Save_America1st's picture

bring yer own fuckin' sleepin' bag....hahaha ;-)

Clock Crasher's picture

Tripple fat goose or I'm WALKING!

markitect's picture

Summer of recovery #9; I made more than this 25 years ago at 18.  This country isnt collapsing, it has collapsed, at least in most places.  Our grand fathers would have spilt some blood by now.

Clock Crasher's picture

off-set collapse.  Morons sending us finished goods for IOU digital FRNs. Automation and immigration off-setting price inflation.  Mission Creep -the fact that this is a multi generational collapse masks the odor of the corpses.  Throw in mass entertainment, self-esteem issues, social media and lots of drugs and second hand porn. Good to go.

Oh and massive amounts of fluoride.

markitect's picture

Its almost like this has been been planned for a long time...

Archibald Buttle's picture

collapsing is just a symptom of the disease: generational theft. 

in4mayshun's picture

"Our grandfathers would have spilt some blood by now."

You mean the "grandfathers" that were too stupid to read a history book and realize that they were being lied to while the country was being usurped by globalists? Look, my grandfather is a good man- hard working honest and moral. But he is a dumbass when it comes to big-picture stuff. He still believes in "Ameeericuh- F*!@ Ya!" Like the good ol' US of A is still a shiny beacon of hope liberty and justice. I try to tell him about 9/11, Iran-Contra, Globalism, Agenda 21 etc and he aint having none of it! If all of these old codgers are so patriotic and brave why dont they stand up and fight now? Hell, theyre close to being dead anyway, they dont have much to lose. It's because theyre scared and intimidated just like everyone else. Just face it, the Greatest Generation is also the most ignorant generation.  

Clock Crasher's picture


Once the last Baby Boomer is dead and it is impossible for those responsible to suffer any consequences for their lack of vision will Gen-X and later be subject to real pain.

Exactly like Obama. He spends day and night for eight years and walks out of office a national hero, immune to prosecution, running cocaine on his mega yacht making fat stacks reading off a teleprompter for globalists.

Same shit.

(For any baby boomer reading this you are in my high esteem and are in top billionth of your peer group)

Son of Loki's picture

The USA is the only place where a black community organizer gets elected president, two times in a row, and then leaves a multimillionaire after massive corruption and wars, and still complains he and his wookie are "oppressed."



XBroker1's picture

Someone who still thinks thier vote matters? cute

Xena fobe's picture

No, they know.  Just depends on how cynical your life experience has made you.



XBroker1's picture

My father, a decorated WW2 veteran, knew; and this is an age before the interweb. There's been a 'ruling class' forever. There just has never been enough people wiling to do something about it, including now.

ThuleNord's picture

As long as people aren't starving they'll continue to let their overlords keep dragging them along in the mud.

Most people won't take any chances until there's absolutely no other alternative.

Akhenaten II's picture

It's only when I see queue of robots lining up for jobs that I will start to worry. Gulp.

Peacefulwarrior's picture

Imagine the size of the blind eye our regulators will display after AMZN hires 100,000 people

two hoots's picture

someone should have put a robot in that line just to see how people react.

Peacefulwarrior's picture

More popular than a Willy Wonka Tour

Never One Roach's picture

8 years of robust recovery with Obama-nomics has consequences and the River is taking advantage of it. At least they are hiring American citizens.

LyLo's picture

The warehouse near me is no larger, and has no incentive to hire in the middle of summer.  Nothing has changed: this hiring spree makes no sense.

You know, unless somebody was getting a little nervous that ICE was starting to call... 

smokintoad's picture

P.R. move to counter all the recent talk about Amazon monopolizing the retail sales industry?

847328_3527's picture

I wonder how well that WalMart online selling site is doing compared to Amazon? Walmart overpaid for JET big time instead of creating a sweeter online shopping experience itself.


Seems like Walmart is a dinosaur that needs to replace most of its top management.

economicmorphine's picture

Amazon is kind of like Walmart without profitability.

Save_America1st's picture

yeah, and also like a welfare EBT recipient who gets subsidized "free shipping" taken care of thanks to a sweet crony deal by the gov-scum paid for by us slaves. 

oh, ooooooops, and almost forgot the poor Bezos also got 600 MILLION from the CIA to fund his otherwise worthless propaganda shit rag Washington Post.

Sweet deals all around, huh bitchez??