'Being homeless is better than working for Amazon'

  • metta

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    Nov 29, 2014 3:24 AM GMT
    'Being homeless is better than working for Amazon'

    http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/nov/28/being-homeless-is-better-than-working-for-amazon
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    Nov 29, 2014 1:40 PM GMT
    I saw a TV documentary about an undercover guy working at Amazon's main UK distribution centre. He was relatively young and fit. He ended up walking a total of 18 miles in one shift and could barely keep up with the mandatory time limit pickers are given to retrieve each item. He ended up on a warning. If they get more than three warnings, they are dismissed by Amazon. Obviously there should be a time limit or some people would slack, but it should be a reasonable one.

    I really like Amazon for their efficient delivery and returns service, but I don't like the way they treat their employees. I have curtailed my spending with them and may give up using them altogether if employee conditions don't improve (as I did with Walmart).
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    Nov 29, 2014 3:29 PM GMT
    Interesting. And yet, American labor focuses on Wal-Mart for its latest demand: double time for working XMas and Thanksgiving when required. OTOH, if that's what it takes to keep stores shuttered on those two holidays, I'm for it, but how about the stores showing some class and just doing so on their own?
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    Nov 29, 2014 5:16 PM GMT
    Nice story. But, being homeless is really NEVER better than getting a check that pays your bills, keeps your rent and sustains your credit. This person really needs to let it go and move forward with their life.

    No friends? No family that is an option. There's another story to be told, here.
  • mynyun

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    Nov 29, 2014 7:27 PM GMT
    I worked for Amazon and rather enjoyed it.
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    Nov 29, 2014 7:28 PM GMT
    The actual story is just a bunch of somewhat incoherent ranting from a hyper-entitled woman who claims to have a master's degree, yet cannot write, and who has failed at a series of entry-level jobs, the most recent of which was at Amazon. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 29, 2014 9:17 PM GMT
    One thing that needs to be clear.. The warehouse workers/pickers are not actual Amazon employees. Amazon contracts that out to a third party. In the US, at least. Also..

    "I have completed my MA in American Studies. I ditched plans to pursue a PhD because it clearly wasn’t going to be a viable career option"

    I think it's cool to pursue your dreams. But dreams don't pay the bills. She should have known there isn't a job demand for people with an American Studies education. Should have minored in something more practical. Always have a Plan B and Plan C. Cuz ya know, Murphy's Law.
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    Nov 29, 2014 9:18 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidThe actual story is just a bunch of somewhat incoherent ranting from a hyper-entitled woman who claims to have a master's degree, yet cannot write, and who has failed at a series of entry-level jobs, the most recent of which was at Amazon. icon_rolleyes.gif

    From my interactions with various clients, I find that the higher the education one has, the more entitled they feel. It's really annoying. And sad.
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    Nov 30, 2014 7:36 AM GMT
    Yea sounds like this person has made a series of bad decisions and now is trying to blame it on Amazon. Own up for your own mistakes.

    She says that because of her discontent with her last employer she can not get any more jobs.

    In reality its that she decided to not just get one useless degree (BA) she got two useless degrees (MA). Just because she wrote some have ass piece in some unheard of journal and website, does not entitle her to a high paying job.

    I hope she stays homeless.