Amazon warehouse workers pee in bottles to avoid being punished for taking breaks

“For those of us who worked on the top floor, the closest toilets were down four flights of stairs. People just peed in bottles because they lived in fear of being ­disciplined over ‘idle time’ and ­losing their jobs just because they needed the loo.”

Fellowship of the Minds

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, may be the world’s richest person, with a net worth of about $112 billion. But workers in his warehouses are so desperate to keep their jobs that they don’t even take time to use a restroom, but pee in bottles instead.

Jeff Bezos

The UK Times Union reports that author James Bloodworth went undercover at an Amazon warehouse in Staffordshire, UK, for a book on low wages in Britain. He found that the warehouse’s fulfillment workers, who run around Amazon’s cavernous warehouses gathering products for delivery, had a “toilet bottle” system in place because the bathrooms were too few and too far away to get to quickly. Bloodworth told The Sun:

“”For those of us who worked on the top floor, the closest toilets were down four flights of stairs. People just peed in bottles because they…

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8 thoughts on “Amazon warehouse workers pee in bottles to avoid being punished for taking breaks

  1. Hell, when I was a child, I used to pee in bottles, because I was lazy and didn’t want to go three rooms over to the toilet. Now 40+ years later it’s pee in bottles because… well… they are super industrious
    Oh the humanity

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  2. This is what happens when billions of people are hooked into the matrix and no, I don’t mean their computers. I mean that we are all complicit in what we have come to hate; the fact that all we do is work to keep a roof over head, food in our belly and the lights on. And how many of us are happy at what we do? How many of us are glad to get up in the morning, sit in traffic for hours, go to a drive-through window for lunch, return and either shuffle papers around, fill orders or prepare food?

    Why has no one figured out that if billions of people just stopped doing what we have been programmed to do from the moment we speak and walk, there would not be a damn thing the so-called ‘elites’ could do. If we stopped making them rich, where is their power then? They count on us continuing to be the good sheeple that we are and as long as we continue as programmed, pissing in bottles at work to pay the rent/mortgage will continue until this sad existence ends.

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    • Alas, Shelby, Marx was saying the exact same thing over 150 years ago – that revolution isn’t about violence but about withdrawing your labor from the capitalist machine. Why do people have to learn the same lessons over and over again.

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      • That is just as sad, the fact it would appear to me that we are never, ever going to learn if Marx could see this 150 years ago. That speaks volumes as to what will still be going down 150 years from now. Again, how sad is that? Extremely sad!

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  3. When I worked in retail here in the US, my performance at customer check out was graded by the cash register. I once complained to the store manager that I felt like an indentured worker. After that, I was a marked person for more abuse.

    We can only change the system with collective action.

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