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— Karl Marx

Amazon’s Pee and Poop Problem

Apr 12, 2021

Amazon finally admitted that the biggest company in the world has a pee and poop problem. “We know that drivers can and do have trouble finding restrooms because of traffic or sometimes rural routes, and this has been especially the case during Covid when many public restrooms have been closed,” Amazon wrote last week.

This follows one Amazon manager’s email to others about this rather very frequent problem last May: “This evening, an associate discovered human feces in an Amazon bag that was returned to station by a driver. This is the 3rd occasion in the last 2 months when bags have been returned to station with poop inside. We understand that DA’s [driver associates] may have emergencies while on-road, and especially during Covid, DAs have struggled to find bathrooms while delivering,” Amazon email reads.

But then, Amazon doubled down on this naturally occurring “nuisance.” Amazon, trying to defend itself, said urinating in bottles was an industry-wide problem and shared links to news articles about drivers for other delivery companies who have had to do so, as reported by the Guardian.

In other words: if other companies have the same practice of forcing their workers to the extreme such that they have to pee in bottles to avoid getting fired, what is wrong for Amazon following the same “industry practice?”

Then the sh.. got deeper, with an Amazon spokesperson saying: “Regardless of the fact that this is industry-wide, we would like to solve it. We don’t yet know how, but will look for solutions.” But for now, the proposed solution is as follows: “Regardless, [driver associates] cannot, MUST NOT, return bags to station with poop inside.”

Either way, this is a company that is full of “it!”