Amazon: I guess they were talking about the heat

Maybe Amazon wasn’t named amazon “because it was a place that was ‘exotic and different’ and the river [founder Jeff Bezos] considered the biggest in the world, like he hoped his company would be…” [wikipedia]

Maybe it’s amazon because their warehouses are really, really hot. Amazon rain forest hot. 

Perhaps I’m being flippant, but it seems as though there’s a dark side to free shipping on orders over $25.

Or so says a report released last month in the Morning Call:

During summer heat waves, Amazon arranged to have paramedics parked in ambulances outside, ready to treat any workers who dehydrated or suffered other forms of heat stress. Those who couldn’t quickly cool off and return to work were sent home or taken out in stretchers and wheelchairs and transported to area hospitals. And [thanks to eager temp agencies] new applicants were ready to begin work at any time.

Take a moment and give thanks for your non-Amazon-warehouse job, find a local shop to do business with, and read the article or listen to the interview {via WHYY’s Radio Times}.