posted by Jeffrey Lord - 5.08.16

Whatever happened to Amazon?

I enjoyed it. I’m an Amazon Prime member. In my world of “I need X book ASAP,” the system worked like a charm. Find a book at Amazon website, order book, doorbell rings within days with the book. Ya can’t ask for more than that.

Now? Now I see one story after another – from both liberal and conservative sources at that – that say of Amazon individually and collectively, something disturbing. What follows are the headlines, with links:

A large number of Amazon workers rely on food stamps for assistance
The latest troubling revelation regarding the online retail giant’s working conditions

Source: Think Progress

Peeing in trash cans, constant surveillance, and asthma attacks on the job: Amazon workers tell us their warehouse horror stories

Source: Business Insider

Bezos’ net worth soars, while 10% of Amazon’s Ohio employees are on food stamps, according to the liberal-leaning think tank

Source: CNBC

Jeff Bezos Screws Over Workers At Amazon. Now He Wants To Do The Same At The Washington Post
Can Silicon Valley’s anti-labor attitude survive actual contact with a labor union?

Source: The Huffington Post

Jeff Bezos Can Thank Exploited Workers for His $100 Billion


7 Examples of How Amazon Treats Their 90,000+ Warehouse Employees Like Cattle

Source: Paste Magazine

Washington Post writer slams Jeff Bezos in an op-ed for mistreating workers

Source: Fox Business

Jeff Bezos deemed the richest man in the world while Amazon warehouse workers suffer grueling conditions
Bezos’ net worth increases — while many factory workers report enduring unbearable work conditions

Source: Salon


Source: Newsweek

Amazon Warehouse Employees’ Message to Jeff Bezos — We Are Not Robots
Amazon employees risk termination if they sit down on company time, two workers say

Source: The

Jeff Bezos: how the world’s richest man can change his stingy reputation
The Amazon boss became the world’s richest man on Thursday, but he’s still looking for ways to do good with his money. He could start by improving the lives of his workers

Source: The Guardian

Why Are Amazon Warehouse Workers On Food Stamps?


So. There we are with not one, not two, not three but twelve stories – from both liberal and conservative sites – that report some version of the same thing. To wit: Amazon is mistreating its employees badly, so badly some are forced onto food stamps, others are peeing into trashcans, can’t even sit down for a moment and are working under “unbearable” and “grueling” conditions.

The free market soul that I am, the fact that Jeff Bezos could take his idea for Amazon and make it a seriously profitable, thoroughly useful reality is something to be admired.

But most decidedly, life, as they say, is short. If all these stories – and there are others out there of a similar note – are anywhere close to true, something is decidedly wrong at Amazon. There is no excuse – none – for such wretched treatment of hardworking employees and a work culture that is, from these reports, appalling.

The “buck”, as President Harry Truman used to say, “stops here.” By which Truman meant his own Oval Office desk. In this case? The buck stops with billionaire Bezos. And if there is anything all these stories have in common, it is the unhappy tale of a serious problem at Amazon – with Billionaire Bezos Busted.

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