Your fellow Americans are working shitty abusive jobs in order for you to receive your Amazon packages, reports The Morning Call, an Allentown, Penn., newspaper. Amazon uses temporary employees in its Breinigsville warehouse, works them to the point of heat exhaustion--no, really, it parks ambulances outside--and then lets them go after they've failed to perform. From long hours, to bad pay, to overheating and exhaustion, the story chronicles what employees go through in order for you to get your packages on time and in good shape.
Things at these warehouses go beyond passive aggressive e-mails from your boss. For one, the heat is a health issue.
One hot day, Goris said, he saw a co-worker pass out at the water fountain. On other hot days, he saw paramedics bring people out of the warehouse in wheelchairs and on stretchers.
And while Amazon recognizes the problem--the company has paramedics to treat any dehydrated workers--it doesn't really fix it. While other warehouses leave loading dock door open to cool things down, Amazon doesn't. "When Amazon workers asked in meetings why this wasn't done at the Amazon warehouse, managers said the company was worried about theft."