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Amazon workers forced to use pee bottles out of fear of being punished for going to the restroom

Amazon is one of the biggest companies in Silicon Valley. Its founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is one of the most successful businessmen of all time, and is currently the richest person in the world with a net worth of more than $110 billion. So it’s no surprise why many people want to work for the online retail giant. However, a new report reveals that things may not be so prettybehind the scenes.

Based on an online report written by an undercover author, working at Amazon comes with a lot of personal restrictions. More specifically, Amazon workers are said to be so swamped that they are unable to even take normal bathroom breaks, and are instead forced to relieve themselves in so-called pee bottles in order to avoid being reprimanded. This shocking bit of news comes from author James Bloodworth, who went undercover at the Amazon warehouse located in Staffordshire, U.K., while writing a book on low wages in Britain.

According to Bloodworth, the fulfillment workers at the warehouse had a working “toilet bottle” system in place, which had to be implemented due to the fact that bathrooms were not really a priority for their main operations. “For those of us who worked on the top floor, the closest toilets were down four flight of stairs,” he said in a statement to TheSun.co.uk. “People just peed in bottles because they lived in fear of being disciplined over ‘idle time’ and losing their jobs because they needed the loo.” (Related: Jeff Bezos wants to be your medication DEALER: Amazon goes all-in with Big Pharma to take over the drug retail industry.)

It may sound like a pretty ridiculous situation all around, but it’s something that makes sense as a sort of compromise – albeit a disgusting one – due to the setup that they have as far as worker bathrooms are concerned. And the problem is just made worse by the fact that Amazon actively monitors the productivity of its workers, specifically in terms of how fast they can pick and package items from its storage shelves. It is said that the company even enforces timed breaks and target for its workers. And for the ones that fail to follow the specified metrics, punishment awaits.

A separate survey conducted on Amazon workers recently showed that almost three-quarters of all U.K. staff members in fulfillment centers carried a fear of using the toilet due to concerns about taking up too much time. One report on the survey states that there were 241 Amazon warehouse employees in England that can attest to this fact. One survey respondent was even quoted as saying that their targets were “increased dramatically” and that taking personal breaks to go to the bathroom or even just drink water could end up getting them into trouble.

“I do not drink water,” the anonymous respondent said, “because I do not have time to go to the toilet.”

For its part, Amazon has denied all of the allegations. Instead, it boasts about its strengths in the market, and names a few reasons why workers flock to it in the first place. In a statement, the company said that they provide a safe and positive workplace for thousands of individuals in the U.K., and that it offers competitive pay and benefits from the beginning of a worker’s contract with them.

“We have not been provided with confirmation that the people who completed the survey worked at Amazon,” the company continued, “and we don’t recognize the allegations as an accurate portrayal of activities in our buildings.”

It isn’t the first time that Amazon has been cited for violating certain individual rights, and it likely won’t be the last. It will be interesting to see how workers view the company going forward. One can only hope that things take a turn for the better.

Read more about the latest news on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in JeffBezosWatch.com.

Sources include:

UK.BusinessInsider.com

TheSun.co.uk

By | 2018-05-15T23:14:00+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Conspiracy, Featured, Main|11 Comments

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  1. Dan May 16, 2018 at 3:35 am

    Had neighbors who worked at the distribution center in fernley, nevada, if you bump a rack, it goes against the crew, if you call in sick, it goes against the crew, making the workers against each other instead of the system.

  2. Mike May 16, 2018 at 3:36 am

    One cannot fault speed in shipping and an excellent return policy

  3. George C May 16, 2018 at 3:38 am

    These workers are being conditioned for when the NWO takes and we all become slaves.

  4. gene May 16, 2018 at 3:57 am

    Loose change could build ” loos ” on every floor so workers don’t have to go looney with a crazy blatter /

  5. Robert May 16, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Mike, but one can fault the denial of time to facilitate our most basic, human functions such as hydration and elimination of bodily waste.

  6. MadMagyar May 16, 2018 at 9:51 am

    This isn’t the first time someone has done an exposé article on the horrible and inhumane working conditions at Amazon. The one I read a few YEARS ago was of a woman’s experience while working at one fulfillment center (undisclosed location – but seemed like it was in the NW). The performance is all based on previous employee’s records, the fastest ones. So everybody is expected to go as fast as the youngest, most energetic and fastest previous record-holders. Those people had worked out timing of bathroom breaks to have as little time off the floor as possible. So anybody else who maybe has a different physiology is automatically going to be generating negative marks against themselves and their crew. The author described nightmare situations when the order processing software screwed things up, sent her to the wrong racks, levels, bins, etc. Or the software didn’t specify some detail and the bin was filled with items that had various options. Sometimes the bin was empty, or had a completely different item in it, perhaps similar to the ordered one but obviously not the same.

    People are not robots. These workers live in constant fear of not performing to insanely unreasonable standards. The biggest problem with the company might be indicated by a comment from a former employee on infounderground: “A lot of gays were hired. They were the only ones who got promoted, whether or not they had any qualifications. For the rest, it was draconian”. Amazon LIES to the press about their working conditions probably because if anybody ever took them to court, OSHA would get involved and they’d have to pay some pretty big fines. Not that Bezos couldn’t afford it . . .

  7. Steve May 16, 2018 at 10:22 am

    one solution…..BOYCOTT Amazon

  8. Jackie Puppet May 16, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Amazon needs to sell “piss jugs” – they’re missing out on an “untapped” market – maybe they can offer their employees, a discount.

    http://www.rileymartin.com/store/product/official-riley-martin-piss-jug/

  9. Catherine May 16, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Mike, time to go to Oz and get a heart. The priority is people, not convenience. Yes, you can fault speed in shipping and an excellent return policy when they come at the cost of human dignity, quality of life, health and safety.

  10. Jerry Caldwell May 17, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Wtf the Richest guy in the World cannot afford to give its workers bathroom breaks!!! I heard about Another Big company Harassing its employees and Denying them restroom breaks and if they just left, they were Shouted at, Disciplined and Ridiculed. Littler Mendelson. That was all over the news too. What is up with these Big companies Bullying employees. So sad. So much for Morale. And Human Rights. Thanks for the info, Dave.

  11. Stacey May 19, 2018 at 9:12 am

    I wonder who advises them on employment matters. Probably Littler Mendelson. Also known as Hitler Mengele.

    This is really ridiculous!

    This should be a NON-ISSUE.

    Ridiculous. Shame on them!!! for putting their workers in this Bizarre Abusive type of situation.

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