Welcome to Humor Nation. Amazon is one of the biggest companies in the world, making billions of dollars in profits every year. Although they have been a financial success story. The company has had a bit of a bumpy ride along its almost 25-year long history. Some things have been pretty shocking, Amazon has tried to pay their way out of them and although money talks, sometimes people talk louder. These are their stories.
So Let’s Take A Look At 10 Dark Scary Secrets Of Amazon!
10. Peeing In A Bottle
For many years there have been reports of Amazon treating its workers poorly and often for less than minimum wage. If that sounds unbelievable then listen to this. In 2017, Metro reported that after the Amazon delivery drivers have paid for the van hire and insurance they are effectively earning less than minimum wage. The year before, the BBC reported that drivers also work illegal hours. They said that Amazon expects the drivers to work 12 hour shifts despite UK law prohibiting drivers from working over 11 hours a day.
However the most shocking part of all came when the undercover reporter said that colleagues told him they had to defecate in bags and urinate in bottles because there was no time for toilet breaks. Workers said they lived in fear of being disciplined over idle time and losing their jobs because they needed the toilet. An Amazon spokesman said Amazon ensures all of its associates have easy access to toilet facilities which are just a short walk from where they are working, still many critics were inclined to believe the workers who would have no reason to lie or hold in if they are bursting.
9. Illegal Items
In December 2015, the Guardian shared their investigation which found that the British Amazon site listed illegal weapons including stun guns, pepper spray, pistols and knuckle dusters. Some of them were found to have been developed for military and police forces. To the Guardians surprise they were able to purchase the weapons. These included a pistol that fires a jet of high strength pepper spray at 112 mph, a million volt stun gun disguised as a flashlight and last but not least a baseball cap containing a hidden stabbing knuckleduster. The sellers on Amazon were said to be from the US and Israel. Naturally many people were wondering how these items got through British customers. Well the packages had been declared as an LED flashlight and a toy part.
8. The Nazi T-Shirts
In January 2008, a Czech website called attention to shirts sold on Amazon that bore the words ‘I love Heinrich Himmler and I love Reinhard Heydrich’ Two infamous Nazi officers and convicted war criminals. They are most remembered for being instrumental leaders of the holocaust which saw over 6 million people murdered at the hands of the Nazis. Patricia Smith, a spokeswoman for Amazon told the media ‘Our catalog contains millions of items. With such a large number unexpected merchandise may get onto the web’. The scandal led to the World Jewish Congress calling on the shirts removal from their site. Amazon did just that and also removed ‘I love Hitler’ shirts.
7. Tax Avoidance
In 2012, it was reported that Amazon made 3.3 billion pounds in sales in the UK thats a lot of money and so you’d expect a sizeable sum to be tax, but no. That year Amazon didn’t pay any corporation tax on that amount. After a lengthy investigation Amazon agreed to pay the corporation tax. So lesson learnt right? Well apparently not! Because in 2017, it was once again reported that Amazon had been avoiding taxes. This time it was even worse. Despite making European revenues of 21.6 billion Euros the company paid only. 16.5 million Euros. In the same year its UK corporation tax bill halved despite revenues rising almost 50 percent. A spokesperson said that Amazon pays all the taxes that are required in every country where it operates
6. The Pedo-phile Guide
In November 2010, an e-book was sold on Amazon titled ‘The Pedo-philes Guide to Love and Pleasure’. Of course many people were outraged. There were threats of boycotting Amazon over its selling of the book. Initially Amazon defended their sale of the book saying that they didn’t believe in censoring certain books simply because they or other others believe the message is objectionable. However as the pressure mounted the company wavered. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Amazon defended the book then removed it, then reinstated it, before finally removing it again. Even today a debate still remains between those who believe that the book was not obscene and should not have been censored and those who say that anything of this nature simply serves to normalize child abuse.