AMAZON has denied that its employees are forced to pee in bottles, but workers have provided graphic photos to “prove” they do.
In a Twitter reply, the company tried to play off the “no time to pee” reports as an urban legend, but the internet is full of images that allegedly back up the claim.
Replying to a tweet from Wisconsin Rep Mark Pocan about Amazon‘s union-busting tactics and other unfair working conditions, the company’s account, Amazon News, outright denied the claims.
“You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us.
“We hope you can enact policies that get other employers to offer what we already do,” the account wrote.
However, Motherboard claims that it has interviewed many Amazon delivery workers across the US — and they say the bathroom claims are true.
Delivery workers who are contracted to drive Amazon vans often deliver up to 300 packages a day on 10-hour shifts, the outlet reported, and can be written up if they don’t do so in a timely manner.
That means pulling over for a bathroom break is sometimes not feasible if drivers don’t want to be penalized.
The outlet provided a photo of two bottles, allegedly filled with urine, from a person that they confirmed worked for the company.
The Amazon employee said workers are “pressured to get these routes done before night time and having to find a restroom would mean driving an extra 10 minutes off path to find one.”
“Obviously, we drink a lot of water throughout the day, so this is happening a lot through the drive,” the worker said.
“I can tell you that if I drove to find a restroom that I would be bringing back packages every night and that would eventually mean I would get infractions, which would lead to termination.”
The employee said that they will normally pull over the van and pee into a bottle in the back of it, making sure to sanitize their hands afterwards.
Amazon did not immediately return The Sun’s request for comment on the matter.
However, the bathroom dilemma also appears to be a hot topic of debate on a sub-Reddit used by Amazon delivery drivers, r/AmazonDSPDrivers.
One user posted a screenshot of Amazon denying the peeing rumors on Twitter, along with the caption “Pants. On. Fire.”
“We should all tweet pictures of our piss bottles to Amazon,” one user commented.
“Are they implying that they give us enough time to drive to a bathroom?” another wrote. “They don’t even factor in the mandatory 30 minute lunches, and now they’re out here on social media GASLIGHTING us on pee bottles?!”
Other users explained that they used coffee cups, soda cups from gas stations, and one said she even purchased a “female urinal device” to make going in bottles easier.
The Intercept also published a report on Thursday further backing up the claims that Amazon workers were forced to get creative when they had to use the restroom, as the problem had reportedly been documented in official policy documents and emails.
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A document provided to the outlet by an Amazon employee from Pennsylvania details various infractions by employees, including “public urination” and “public defecation.”
An email from last May by an Amazon logistics area manager mentioned that there had been an uptick in garbage found in Amazon trucks during the Covid pandemic, including bottles of urine and bags of human feces.
Even though Amazon managers appeared to be aware of the problem, it seems that nothing — like factoring in time for bathroom breaks — was done to mitigate the issue.