Reader Reaction To Amazon Workplace – So What?

PC: Stephen Woods via Flickr Creative Commons

PC: Stephen Woods via Flickr Creative Commons

From USA Today:

LOS ANGELES – Life is tough. “Ever been in the military?”

That sums up the reaction of one reader, and many others, who wrote in to weigh in on Amazon’s hard-charging treatment of employees.

The New York Times filed a 5,700 word expose over the weekend that was the talk of Twitter, and we weighed in Monday with our own comments. Can I still support a company that allegedly puts folks with medical conditions on employment probation? I’m not so sure.

Jeffrey Lane wrote in, via Twitter: “Do you use a cellphone? Those contain metal obtained through slave labor in Africa and assembled in sweatshops.”

Another reader asks: “Do you buy clothes made in Bangladesh, Honduras etc?”

Other readers said they weren’t going to shop at Amazon anymore.

“If Amazon cannot treat its employees with common decency, I will not spend another cent with them,” wrote Joseph Winston on Twitter.

A woman who calls herself Kiko said, “We should boycott Amazon for 1 day to send a message that a human being comes first.”

The complete article, here, at USA Today.

My comments:

Boycott all you want, but before you do, let me ask you this. Do you know how much New York Times is selling through Amazon as of today? Yes, that’s the same New York Times, the one at the forefront of investigative, data-driven journalism.

621,769.

Yes, that is correct. They are still selling as they were yesterday and the day before. Nothing has been pulled from Amazon in the name of morality.

Here’s my screen capture, but if you want to investigate yourself, go ahead and type in New York Times on Amazon search.

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It is funny, isn’t it, how morality runs out the door when it comes down to giving up a spot on the biggest storefront?

S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.

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