I’m not afraid of hard work. I’ve been a waitress, a newsroom clerk, an EMT and spent summers on a dairy farm in Ireland. At every job I’ve ever had, there was a sense it was a team effort. But when I walked into that Amazon warehouse, there wasn’t a team anything. It was just, “Do your job!”
I soon learned that only difference between an Amazon warehouse and a third-world sweatshop were the robots. At Amazon, you were surrounded by bots, and they were treated better than the humans.
In the beginning, I was pumped. After passing an online test that included organizing boxes on the back of a truck, I went to orientation at the Hilton Garden Inn with 50 or 60 others, an across-the-board mix of people from Staten Island, Brooklyn and New Jersey.
This depersonalized experience inspires me not to shop Amazon. It's like the sweatshops of the 18th century. No thank you.:— ML (@Melanie68215947) November 30, 2019
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Amazon warehouses are ‘cult-like’ sweatshops— Spiros Margaris (@SpirosMargaris) December 1, 2019
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