‘Jeff Bezos, contact me’: Amazon driver ‘sent home’ for taking a s*** after boss TRACKED him down to bathroom
An Amazon delivery driver used his TikTok platform (@iagtjuice3) to ask his followers to help him contact former CEO Jeff Bezos after he was allegedly fired for using the restroom during work hours. The TikToker mentioned in the video that he had stomach problems and had to stop at a gas station to use the restroom before starting his delivery route.
The Amazon employee claimed that when he left the restroom, his supervisor was waiting for him at the gas station and asked him why he was "wasting time" at work. Immediately after being met by his supervisor, he was sent home. Toward the end of the video, the Amazon delivery driver asked Jeff Bezos to "holler" at him. The TikTok video has received more than 15,000 likes and more than 1,100 comments.
The Amazon employee has responded to various comments made on his post after sharing the original video. One commentator asked how long the TikToker had been in the restroom, assuming that if his boss was waiting outside, it must have taken a while. He said, he "doesn’t really set timers," when asked about his restroom habits. The Amazon employee said, "If you gotta go you gotta go. If you gotta shit, you gotta shit. If it was a day, two days, a year, it doesn’t matter how long I was taking, if you gotta shit you gotta shit."
James Bloodworth, an undercover journalist, studied the working conditions at an Amazon warehouse in Staffordshire, England in 2018 for his book "Hired: Six months undercover in low-wage Britain." He noted that employees there would use plastic bottles rather than use the restroom, which was "too far" away from their workstations. The employees dreaded harsh punishment for using the restroom during work hours.
Amazon employees have previously questioned the company's restroom regulations. James Meyers, a delivery driver, experienced a similar incident in 2020 while working out of Austin, Texas. Meyers said he "saw no effort on Amazon's part to push delivery service providers to allow their drivers to use the restroom on a normal human basis" in an interview with the Guardian.
Meyers said that whenever a van was idle for longer than three minutes, Amazon was notified. As a result, Meyers predicted that he and the other employees would "urinate inside bottles for fear of slowing down our delivery rates."
Despite all of the discussion and criticism around this issue, Amazon has accomplished absolutely nothing to help it's employees deal with this issue. It appears that the corporation is acting in the exact opposite manner. An additional TikToker, @vaneriam.m, gained popularity earlier this year for demonstrating Amazon's "time off task" regulation, which tracks employees' every move. The "time off task" statistic tracks and examines how much time each employee spends away from the task at hand, such as when they need to use the restroom.
Amazon issues an apology for a tweet denying claims from some @Amazon workers that they were worked so hard that they were forced to urinate in plastic bottles instead of going to the restroom.— Counterfeit Report® (@Counterfeit_Rpt) April 3, 2021
Actually, @JeffBezos, they are pooping in the street.https://t.co/cXaraWPOS7