Dildos are non-essential, Amazon worker says, as Romulus facility protests conditions amid coronavirus crisis
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Workers at Amazon’s Romulus order-fulfillment center walked out Wednesday in protest of working conditions and the lack of transparency within their facility after management neglected to inform its staff when the first positive COVID-19 case was confirmed. So far, it’s been reported that three people within the warehouse have tested positive.
As of last week, at least 10 Amazon facilities have reported positive coronavirus cases. Last month, the company pledged to hire 100,000 warehouse workers and to increase their pay, due to high demand.
The Romulus warehouse referred to as DTW1 employs 4,000 workers, which has made it near to impossible for people to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus, putting many employees at risk of infection. Workers are calling for a two-week shutdown of the facility, which would be made possible if Amazon halted the sale of nonessential items. In March, the $160 billion online retailer promised to prioritize the shipment of essential items, like toilet paper, disinfectant products, and medical staples, and to temporarily limit shipments of those deemed non-essential.
“They should not be selling non-essential items,” Mario Chippen said of Amazon’s policies on Wednesday. “If you go on the website, all of the essential items are sold out. Until you restock and until you close this building, shut it down.”
“Dildos are not essential items,” he added. “Books for kids, yes, but dildos? No.”
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April 3, 2020 at 9:31 AM #297138joentokyoParticipant
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I beg to disagree. Without dildos we would have few politicians, and as can plainly be seen by looking at Congress, dildos are most often elected.
“A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves” ~ French philosopher Bertrand de Jouvenel (1903-1987)
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