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Mar 24 - Jeff Bezos, World’s Richest Man, Wants Your Donations To Help Amazon Employees
 

 
Jeff Bezos is asking the public for donations to provide basic support to his 800,000 employees who are suffering in poverty in the wake of the pandemic.



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(MPN Opinion) – Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s first centibillionaire, a man who vies with Bill Gates for the title of the planet’s richest individual, is asking the public for donations to provide basic support to his 800,000 employees who are suffering in poverty in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bezos announced:

“We are establishing the Amazon Relief Fund with a $25 million initial contribution focused on supporting our independent delivery service partners and their drivers, Amazon Flex participants, and seasonal employees under financial distress during this challenging time.”

The fund will also support both employees and contractors around the world that face economic hardship due to natural disasters or unforeseen personal circumstances. Those who qualify can apply for a grant of up to $5,000.

“I’ve never been more proud of our teams around the world. People are supporting one another, taking care of themselves and others while also doing what we do best, which is serving customers,” said Beth Galetti, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Amazon.




A man worth over $100 billion, who makes, on average, $230,000 per minute calling on the public to help his own impoverished employees was not met well by many. Amazon itself is worth over $1 trillion, and some felt Bezos himself was in a better position than others, especially members of the public also economically hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, to help his own staff. Furthermore, the company is notorious as a bad employer. Forced to forego bathroom breaks, many company warehouse workers are effectively compelled to wear diapers during their shifts. Other employees report working in unsafe environments and being punished for injuries sustained on the job. The company also does not provide its employees with regular access to clean water.

Amazon workers are poor. Really poor. In Arizona, for example, the company’s own data suggests that one in three employees depend upon food stamps to put food on the table. It is the twenty-eighth largest employer in the state. However, it ranked fifth on the list for most employees enrolled in the Supplemental Nutritional a*sistance Program (SNAP). Across the United States, it is a similar story. In Pennsylvania, for instance, Amazon is the nineteenth largest employer but is in fifth place on the SNAP employees list of corporations. And amidst the deadly COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, the job is one of the more dangerous around, as workers are constantly on the move, handling a great number of packages and in close proximity to others. Despite its poor pay, the job is considered essential to the upkeep of society.




Bezos’ charitable donations often garner him considerable praise in the media. His donation of one million Australian dollars to aid the bushfires in January generated headlines proclaiming his generosity. But as MintPress reported, that was equivalent to just three minutes’ income, as generous as a person making $20,000 per year donating a dime. Linsey McGoey, Professor of Sociology at the University of Ess*x, UK, told MintPress that, “philanthropy can and is being used deliberately to divert attention away from different forms of economic exploitation that underpin global inequality today.”

In other news, Amazon employees in Chicago announced yesterday that, through collective action, they had forced the company to agree to paid time off for all U.S. warehouse workers, something that will be especially useful in the current circumstances. “Almost a year ago, in the summer of 2019, a small crew of us got fed up with Amazon’s bullsh*t and met up outside of work because we felt we had to do something,” they said, proclaiming victory.

In the U.S., the company is currently increasing recruitment to deal with a sharp surge in sales. On the other hand, the government of France has suspended all non-essential Amazon deliveries in a bid to cut down on contagion rates. The company has also been forced to halt price gouging on its website of key products like hand sanitizer.

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While Bezos asks for donations, he appears to genuinely not have considered using his own wealth to help those in need. In 2018 he lamented that “the only way that I can see to deploy this much financial resource is by converting my Amazon winnings into space travel. That is basically it.” His employees might have other ideas about how he could use his fortune.




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 2 weeks ago '05        #2
Tha TC 
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bi*ch should put a billy of his own money up and come up with some kind of formula to set up his employees good after this from all the profits made during this crisis but nah… greed
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 2 weeks ago '18        #3
Proffesor X  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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You ever saw a multi billion dollar national grocery chain doing a food drive, this is the same retarded sh*t.
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 2 weeks ago '12        #4
OldBusiness 
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But everyone in the relief thread this morning said put the corporations over the people

Richest motherfu*ker in the universe whose k*lled jobs across the world now wants you to pay even more of his bills
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 2 weeks ago '17        #5
Timberwolves  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x9
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 Proffesor X said
You ever saw a multi billion dollar national grocery chain doing a food drive, this is the same retarded sh*t.
Just like when Petco, a $13B dollar company asks me, a poor person paying for overpriced cat food, to donate to save a homeless pet


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 2 weeks ago '07        #6
stogz 
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This fake, right?
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 2 weeks ago '09        #7
messy marv stan  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x20
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the $10 billion he "donated" to f*ght "climate change" is equal to about $12000 for each amazon monopoly employee
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 2 weeks ago '18        #8
Proffesor X  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 Timberwolves said
Just like when Petco, a $13B dollar company asks me, a poor person paying for overpriced cat food, to donate to save a homeless pet


Exactly. And people do it.........I decline ever time, fu*k your bad look bi*ch give my goddamn groceries.
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Top 10 most slapped recently  2 weeks ago '19        #9
Stand Down  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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The government got them don’t it? Commie life right?
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 2 weeks ago '05        #10
Micheal C. Will 
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Jeff Bezo's himself could essentially pay those stimulus checks and it still wouldn't put a dent in his bank account.

And this guy is asking for donations


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 2 weeks ago '06        #11
OJ's_sword 
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I tried ordering stuff online yesterday and they snuck in a $5 tip at checkout for the driver. I have no issues tipping the guys out there in these times but for them to autotically do that sh*t made me feel some kinda way.
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 2 weeks ago '09        #12
LOONATIK 
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 Timberwolves said
Just like when Petco, a $13B dollar company asks me, a poor person paying for overpriced cat food, to donate to save a homeless pet


Iman face at the very end sent me away
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 2 weeks ago '19        #13
jojothugadventu  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x9
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I'll donate him sum


Last edited by jojothugadventu; 03-24-2020 at 07:29 PM..
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 2 weeks ago '17        #14
2007 
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Werent u guys just celebrating zion for paying the pelicans stadium workers wages? Keep the same energy
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 2 weeks ago '04        #15
GetEmDaddy902 
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He could give a million to each of them and not crack a billi
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 2 weeks ago '20        #16
YoungLito  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 2007 said
Werent u guys just celebrating zion for paying the pelicans stadium workers wages? Keep the same energy
Read n*gga
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 2 weeks ago '17        #17
2007 
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This is how business owners get over. Never fails
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 2 weeks ago '15        #18
Still Numskull 
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 Timberwolves said
Just like when Petco, a $13B dollar company asks me, a poor person paying for overpriced cat food, to donate to save a homeless pet


If you're a poor person you probably shouldn't be buying marked up sh*t from Petco. Or owning a pet for that matter
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 2 weeks ago '17        #19
Coffee 
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 stogz said
This fake, right?
It has to be.
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 2 weeks ago '16        #20
Proveone  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Just another out of touch billionaire, like read the room my guy


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 2 weeks ago '16        #21
FlyinIron 
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 2 weeks ago '18        #22
KdenIII 
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how can we the people strip all these billionaires down to like 1 billion a piece.

fu*k outta here with this sh*t...
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 2 weeks ago '06        #23
Badnewz100  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Doesn't surprise me.
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 2 weeks ago '18        #24
Dnyce215 
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 OldBusiness said
But everyone in the relief thread this morning said put the corporations over the people

Richest motherfu*ker in the universe whose k*lled jobs across the world now wants you to pay even more of his bills
Boom! Realist sh*t said.

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 2 weeks ago '16        #25
Strong Side Iso 
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