Is This Why Jeff Bezos Is The Richest Man In The World?

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is the world's richest man and is also only the second man ever to amass a 12-figure fortune (that's $100,000,000,000 for those keeping score at home).

And today, an expose from the Sun provided the latest glimpse into Amazon's long history of allegations of employee abuse as the company seeks to wring out every second of efficiency from its warehouse employees (and employees at its corporate headquarters, too, if an expose by the New York Times published a few years back is to be believed).

Coming nearly six years after the Seattle Times dropped its blockbuster report about the borderline inhumane treatment that workers at some of Amazon's fulfillment centers in the US received at the hands of the e-commerce giant, the Sun, a UK tabloid, is reporting that workers at the company's UK fulfillment centers are facing similarly adverse treatment.

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In fact, the staff at one fulfillment center in Manchester are reportedly so afraid of getting in trouble for spending too much time away from the job that some have resorted to peeing in bottles because toilets are several hundred yards away.

The warehouse measures 700,000 sq ft and some of the 1,200 workers face a ten minute, quarter-of-a-mile walk to two toilets on the ground floor of the four-storey building.

Undercover investigator James Bloodworth said: "For those of us who worked on the top floor, the closest toilets were down four flights of stairs."

Mr Bloodworth, who worked ten-hour shifts as a picker selecting goods for despatch, walked ten miles a day in the job to research for a book on low-wage Britain.

He claimed workers were continually monitored for time wasting by supervisors.

It meant workers operated a “toilet bottle” system.

Mr Bloodworth said: "People just peed in bottles because they lived in fear of being ­disciplined over ‘idle time’ and ­losing their jobs just because they needed the loo."

The warehouse in Rugeley, Staffs, is like a prison with airport-style security ­scanners where workers are constantly monitored and patted down when they exit the facility to stop them from stealing.

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Wearing hoodies and sunglasses are banned along with using mobile phones - something the company calls a security measure.

Unsurprisingly, an Amazon spokesperson denied the claims.

"Amazon ensures all of its associates have easy access to toilet facilities which are just a short walk from where they are working."

"Amazon provides a safe and positive workplace for thousands of people across the UK with competitive pay and benefits from day one."

"We have a focus on ensuring we provide a great environment for all our employees and last month Amazon was named by LinkedIn as the 7th most sought after place to work in the UK and ranked first place in the US."

As Business Insider Australia reminds us, Amazon is known to track how fast its warehouse workers can pick and package items from its shelves, imposing strictly timed breaks and targets. It frequently issues warnings to those who don't meet its goals, or who take extended breaks. So imagining that some employees are afraid to take breaks to use the toilet isn't too far outside the realm of possibility.

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A survey cited by BI showed almost three-quarters of UK fulfillment-center staff members were afraid of using the toilet because of time concerns. A report released Monday with the survey's findings said 241 Amazon warehouse employees in England were interviewed.

The news dropped shortly before reports surfaced that Amazon would be abandoning a plan to sell and distribute pharmaceuticals.

Anyway, workers at Amazon fulfillment centers need not worry about their mistreatment for much longer: By 2030, it looks like robots will be doing most of those jobs, anyway.

So maybe they should just appreciate the fact that they're still gainfully employed while it lasts.

Comments

Leakanthrophy RAT005 Mon, 04/16/2018 - 20:14 Permalink

They look real bri ... paki to me.

That's not a bug for Amazon..it's a feature, BECAUSE:

 

Cat can poo in the loo.

Say, Apu, why can't you?

Dog can poo in the loo.

Can you, Apu? Can you?

 

Monkey, too, can poo in loo.

I say, Apu, why can't you?

Sloth is slow, slow as glue,

Yet even he can poo in loo.

 

Elephant is big and large,

He needs toilet size of barge.

But he is smart compared to you,

For elephant can poo in loo.

 

Even Slav who dumb as bricks,

And barely rub together sticks,

When needs to go, what he do?

Unlike you, he poo in loo.

 

Rat is small and lives on streets,

Feasting on discarded treats,

But when it's time for number two,

Even rat can poo in loo.

 

Lying Jew who says "Oy vey"

And cheats and steals all the day,

Yet he knows just what to do,

He takes his poo into the loo.

 

Dirty Frenchman smells so bad,

He thinks that soap is just a fad,

Yet he cries aloud, "Mon Dieu!"

And places poo within the loo.

 

The time has come for our tale to end

So let's remind our Indian friend,

Unless you're stupid you already knew,

The loo is made for you to poo.

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Adolph.H. techpriest Tue, 04/17/2018 - 01:33 Permalink

Only negroes and rapefugees work in this shithole for nuts. 

Everyone I had the amazing Amazon support over the phone, although I forbade them from storing my phone number, they all had this lovely niggah ascent and were so painfully stupid that I could hear them reading their scripts aloud not understanding a single word of it.

This confirmed these dudes could not do anything else to earn a living. They don't have cerebral capacity to do more complex things. Anyway white can't bounce, so it looks like someone else had to pick up the tab. 

That's why Bezos is billionaire: he's the first to use underpaid biorobots and he got to keep the change like the good Jew he is. Well actually the second one: Russia was the first to use them to clean up the roof of reactor 4 in Chernobyl. 

I cancelled and closed my Amazon account long ago. You could sense panic in the words of the negro who called me twice or more to make me reconsider this and tried to bribe me. It was panic in the house because they know they lost power over one soul. 

Every dumb fuck should close his Amazon account. That would be great for the economy. 

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It's okay not to be a Jew.

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LocalBoy overbet Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:08 Permalink

It is true business exist to make profit. Those who take the risk should do as they please with their business......untill they come hat in hand to the people and their government asking for benefit and immunity, incorporation, then they have an obligation to serve the public good as well as themselves.
You seek benefit and immunity you give up freedom to act like a douche bag.......

Free enterprise is not granted from government, incorporation is.
 

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Richard640 Leakanthrophy Mon, 04/16/2018 - 23:31 Permalink

RE: LYING JEW

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JOOS ON THE BRAIN=A WORLD-WIDE OBSESSION---20 MILL JOOS V.S 7+ BILL NON-JEWS?? WHY THE FOCUS ON THIS MICROSCOPIC MINORITY??---IT'S AN OBSESSION!@!!! GET A FUCKING LIFE U SPAWN!

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THE KING OF DENMARK-AFTER WW2--WAS ASKED WHY HIS PEOPLE SAVED SO MANY JEWS

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HIS RESPONSE="UNLIKE THE GERMANS, WE NEVER HAS AN INFERIORITY COMPLEX REGARDING THE JOOS"--GOT THE PICTURE U FILTHY JOO HATER DRAPING YOURSELF IN "FAIR AND EVEN-HANDED CRITICISM" OF THE JOOS...YA FILTH

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U CAN CREDIT THE KRISTIAN CHURCH FOR THE 2000 YR TEACHING OF CONTEMPT FOR THE JOOS IN THE DISGUSTING ANTI-JOO SCREED KNOW AS THE NEW TESTAMENT--A PACK OF LIES DEVISED BY THE PROMOTERS OF THE NEW RELIGION TO DIFFERENTIATE THESELVES AND PROMOTE THEIR LIES TO THE GENTILES--THERE A WHOLE FIELD OF STUDY DEVOTED TO THIS PROBLEM===

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zvzzt Leakanthrophy Tue, 04/17/2018 - 03:09 Permalink

Reminds me of the old days I visited some very poor regions in Asia. The loo wasn't an option; generally no water (dry season) and thus no flushing capabilities. The option most people used was a tree-toilet over a creek or small river. You climb up (4-5 meters), squat and do your thing there (toilet paper was fortunately available). Felt pretty good: no flies, no smell and the splashes won't go high enough to hit you back. Decent privacy; toilet usually remote and with some kind of barrel surrounding you. I was terrified of slipping though. 

Never been to India or Pakistan though. Way, way to dirty for me. 

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bobsmith5 ???ö? Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:28 Permalink

I am sick and tired of people like Bezos being called the richest man in the world.  This is utter nonsense and ignores trillionaires and the super mega rich some of whom own half the world including the people.  What is the true price and value of just one human being?  Bezos is a pauper compared to some of these people, two of which are the Rothschilds and the Queen of England.

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sleigher bobsmith5 Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:40 Permalink

Yes but they are sovereigns.  We are talking about persons.  

As ugly as that is to say, it is the reality we live in.  Things should have been on fire decades ago.

The value of one man is $1 million.  That is the value of the bond that is created in their "name" at birth because that is the assumed amount that man will generate in his lifetime.  Slavery at its best...

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techpriest LetThemEatRand Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:31 Permalink

Here's what I want to know:

We've had a couple of major economic transitions in retailing, starting from the medieval times when it was mostly something like farmer's markets and specialists making things for you by hand, to small shops with a few goods, to department stores, to big-box stores. And now, most recently, the "platform economy" where people buy and sell not through physical stores, but through a web-based platform. Amazon gets all the news, but lets not forget Etsy, eBay, and Craigslist.

Do you see any policy position that would either 1) actually undo the platform economy, or 2) an alternative that would create a fundamentally better platform for the customer by design, that is also better for the employees in that platform? I see Craigslist as being the "nicest," but it doesn't have employees per se.

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LocalBoy techpriest Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:58 Permalink

Yes I do
Change monetary policy !
Make business owners borrow savings
Require businesses to compete for capital, which would require a degree of scarcity.

So what you would have is an incentive to produce and save and a lot less mal-investment

here is an example of policy change at the discount window
1) Punitive rates
2) Collateral
3) Make it public info in 4 months
4) Banks only

What would a 6% rate on savings do ?

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LetThemEatRand algol_dog Mon, 04/16/2018 - 20:09 Permalink

The cognitive dissonance on ZH and its comment section in hating Bezos and his Washington Post that he bought fair and square, but often proclaiming the value of the pure "free market" is pretty jarring.   People just need to take sides I guess, even if they are self-contradictory sides.

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