Amazon delivers one of Corporate America’s best apologies of recent memory after it was taken to task by Congressman Mark Pocan.
The Wisconsin Democrat tweeted on March 24 that paying employees $15 per-hour doesn’t make Amazon a “progressive workplace” when it busts unions and makes workers urinate in water bottles.
Amazon replied the same day: “You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us. The truth is that we have over a million incredible employees around the world who are proud of what they do, and have great wages and healthcare from day one.”
The company apologized April 2 after its crackerjack Twitter team discovered that that thousands of its drivers actually do pee in bottles.
In its apology, Amazon said it “did not contemplate our large driver population and instead wrongly focused only on our fulfillment centers, which have dozens of bathrooms that workers may use at any time."
After saying it failed to give the tweet sent to Pocan the proper scrutiny that it deserved, “especially so when we are criticizing the comments of others,” Amazon tweeted:
“We know that drivers can and do have trouble finding restrooms because of traffic or sometimes rural routes and this has been especially the case during COVID when many public restrooms have been closed.”
Amazon said the pee-in-the-water-bottle problem is an industry-one and it would like to solve it, though at the moment it is clueless when it comes to finding a solution.
There is another problem that Jeff Bezos’ company might want to work on. The Intercept published a story March 25, saying Amazon documents show the company was aware that drivers peed in bottles and sometimes even defecating while en route.
Vizio Holding Corp. chief William Wang tells one of Corporate America’s great founding stories. A plane crash served as his inspiration to launch the smart TV company.
The company’s March 24 IPO prospectus includes a letter from Wang in which he recalls how 20 years ago a plane that he boarded in Taiwan heading home to Los Angeles crashed shortly after take-off.
He wrote: “The entire time, all I could think about was how I had to survive. How I would do anything to get home. I ran to the front of the plane, forced open the emergency door and jumped out.”
Arriving home was one of the best moments of Wang’s life. “I remember thinking how much I loved being home, and from this thought. VIZIO was born.”
His dream was “to make the home everybody’s favorite place” or turning America into a land of homebodies. A place where we entertain ourselves 24/7 and never get the urge to hop on a plane.
Vizio is trading at $23.52. Since the IPO, the stock has traded in the $19.29 and $25.90 range.