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Amazon acknowledges issue of drivers urinating in bottles in apology to Rep. Pocan

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(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) has apologized to U.S. Representative Mark Pocan, admitting to scoring an "own goal" in its initial denial of his suggestion that its drivers were sometimes forced to urinate in bottles during their delivery rounds.

"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," the company said in a blog post https://

Its admission came a week after the Democrat criticised Amazon's working conditions, saying in a tweet: "Paying workers $15/hr doesn't make you a 'progressive workplace' when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles."

Amazon initially issued a denial, saying in a tweet: "You don't really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us." But it subsequently walked back those comments.

"This was an own goal, we're unhappy about it, and we owe an apology to Representative Pocan," Amazon said in its blog post, adding that its previous response only referred to staff at its warehouses or fulfillment centers.

The company said the issue was industry-wide and it would look for solutions, without specifying what these might be.

Amazon's apology comes at a time when workers at an Alabama warehouse are waiting for a vote count that could result in the online retailer's first unionized facility in the United States and mark a watershed moment for organized labor.

Amazon has long discouraged attempts among its more than 800,000 U.S. employees to organize. Allegations by many workers of a grueling or unsafe workplace have turned unionizing the company into a key goal for the U.S. labor movement.

Amazon acknowledges issue of drivers urinating in bottles in apology to Rep. Pocan
 

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Jing Mai
Jing Mai Apr 05, 2021 11:13AM ET
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When I was a truck driver, I also pee in bottles
Anthony Anthony
Anthony Anthony Apr 04, 2021 12:40AM ET
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They don't pee on packages, do they?
Bobster Bambino
Bobster Bambino Apr 03, 2021 5:12PM ET
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Of course they do. Nobody lets you use their bathroom anymore. Somehow opeople think covid is spreading urinal to urinal, ridiculous
alex gallegos
alex gallegos Apr 03, 2021 1:42PM ET
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On rural routes and restrooms closed and caught in traffic where 🤔 are you going to pee?
FBRZ BB
FBRZ BB Apr 03, 2021 1:29PM ET
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I see way more challanging to poo in a bottle.
michael brennick
michael brennick Apr 03, 2021 1:21PM ET
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I pee in bottles at my house # climate change. the world is burning....conserve water pee in a bottle
New Jazenevd
New Jazenevd Apr 03, 2021 1:03PM ET
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Both Amazon and Reuters are harmful companies, inflicting lot of damage on this planet.
Josh Modern
JoshModern Apr 03, 2021 12:29PM ET
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I used to work at ups (25 years ago) and we used to joke that catheters should be bargained for. this is an old issue people. big deal. man up. BTW ups is union and it works fine there.
Gary Christy
Gary Christy Apr 03, 2021 12:28PM ET
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maybe stop at a grocery store or something and use their restrooms.
Michael Donnelly
Michael Donnelly Apr 03, 2021 11:00AM ET
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I worked as a mail carrier for the USPS and had the same problems.
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ZS Beck Apr 03, 2021 10:55AM ET
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It’s not only Amazon problem, Everybody on the road has the same issue with find restrooms. Why don't you build more public bathrooms? It’s the fault of the government and states.Public restrooms are none existing.
Darren Caris
Darren Caris Apr 03, 2021 10:51AM ET
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another hit piece from Reurters, the media arm of the Democrats
gary Gould
gary Gould Apr 03, 2021 10:51AM ET
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well if all the money the corporations made on the last four years of tax breaks ..and nobody can put in a shutter hah..or take the time too use one coukd be because they are all full of the BS that came outta the Republican camp ..cause their was a ton of it and continues too spew outta it ....
Flemming Rasmussen
Flemming Rasmussen Apr 03, 2021 10:06AM ET
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Forcing Amazon to accept unions in their facilities will definitely speed up automation in all warehouses. Soon, there will only be robots and drones at Amazon. However, it is still better than having people to work for miserable paychecks. In the future, the some of the same people will programme drones and robots instead.
Rick Baier
Rick Baier Apr 03, 2021 9:37AM ET
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Amazon seriously you can't pay your wharehouse workers shift differential for night hours. Ridiculous
Darren Caris
Darren Caris Apr 03, 2021 9:37AM ET
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They should pay them what the market demands and no more.
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CHAD TENDIES Apr 03, 2021 9:30AM ET
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The USA is falling apart
 
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