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HBO host John Oliver has found himself in a war of words with e-commerce giant Amazon, after criticizing the company’s notoriously “brutal” warehouse conditions.
“The more you look at Amazon, the more you realize its convenience comes with a real cost,” Oliver said on Sunday’s edition of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
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“Because, think about it, we used to have to drive to stores to buy things. Now those things are brought directly to us and they’re somehow cheaper,” he continued. “That didn’t just happen with a clever algorithm — it happened by creating a system that squeezes the people lowest on the ladder hard, and all the while the man behind Amazon is now worth $118 billion, more than anyone else in the world.”
Oliver then pointed to Amazon’s notorious working conditions, with reports of managers closely monitoring the duration of their employee’s bathroom breaks.
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“When people shorten their time in the bathroom they don’t shorten the bathroom part, they shorten the handwashing part, so the next time you order something online it’s safe to assume that it’s been packed by urine-soaked hands,” Oliver quipped.
After watching the segment, the company’s senior vice president of operations, Dave Clark, took to Twitter to argue that Oliver is “wrong on Amazon.”
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