New Horror Story Proves Working For Amazon Is More Soul-Crushing Than We Thought

New Horror Story Proves Working for Amazon Is More Soul-Crushing Than We Thought

It's unspeakably awful to work in an Amazon warehouse. You have to walk between 11 and 24km a day, enter and exit the buildings through a set of airport-style security scanners that take 30 minutes to get through, and you're constantly being watched. Now, we have yet a whole new sort of horror story. Bloomberg just published a chilling report on Amazon's anti-theft intimidation techniques. We've added emphasis:

In an effort to discourage stealing, Amazon has put up flatscreen TVs that display examples of alleged on-the-job theft, say 11 of the company's current and former warehouse workers and antitheft staff. The alleged offenders aren't identified by name. Each is represented by a black silhouette stamped with the word "terminated" and accompanied by details such as when they stole, what they stole, how much it was worth, and how they got caught — changing an outbound package's address, for example, or stuffing merchandise in their socks. Some of the silhouettes are marked "arrested."

Internal theft is a concern for any major retailer, and given the size of its inventory, it's no surprise that Amazon take the crime especially seriously. Plus, given the high turnover and low pay of Amazon warehouse employees, it's easy to see how theft could be a big problem.

But Amazon is using fear and oppression as a way to coerce its employees into working faster, longer, more productive work hours. Make no mistake about it: If you're caught stealing from Amazon, the company will take legal action against you and embarrass you in front of all your former coworkers.

One former employee likened the fear-mongering experience to prison. Whether it's fair treatment or not, however, it is technically legal. And as long as that's the case, it is hard to imagine Amazon using anything but fear to convince its poorly paid employees to obey the rules.

[Bloomberg]

Image: AP


Comments

    Screw working in a warehouse of that size, I'd rather be broke.

    God forbid a company would embarrass employees caught stealing! Although it doesn't sound very embarrassing to become a silhouette with no name, I'd be more bothered about going to jail, but that's just me.

    Personally I'm not sure it's a good idea to show potential thieves what hasn't worked in the past, they might just come up with new methods that Amazon aren't expecting.

    All things considered though, I think you're a being a bit over dramatic, after all, if you're not planning on stealing anything then what's to be afraid of?

      Agreed, I get the vibe it's more that this is "the icing on the cake" for a crummy workplace. As a standalone thing, it's not that bad.... but if you dump it onto a low paying, manual job with already bad conditions.... would make you feel even more like a pos.

        How's this different to the scare mongering ads our own governments use in their anti; speeding, drug, drink driving, smoking, obesity ads?

          I don't watch free to air tv, so that helps.

            Well aren't you such a superior being. Guess you also don't listen to radio, read magazines or go out in public where the ads on billboards, train stations etc. Have fun in your box.

              lol, even if I do come across these publications I take it all with a grain of salt. It's a shitty thing they do but nothing annoys me more than old people and middle aged people sitting down to watch the news and reading column after column of bs.

              Not a superior being living in a box, just a normal rational person.

    Not so much something to be afraid of, but rather much more like being accused of doing a crime you haven't committed a bit like the #noteveryman movement

    Reminds me of those prerecorded "security check isle 3" you hear on in-store radios.

    Yep management by fear can only be done when employers have the upper hand like they do in the states.

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