Jeff Bezo is rich. Like, really rich. Like, the world’s first centi-billionaire rich. The richest man on the face of this dying planet rich. So, naturally, Jeff Bezos has decided to ask the general public to donate money to support Amazon’s workers through the coronavirus pandemic.
The economy is not doing great right now. Here in Australia we have lines for Centrelink that are winding back around buildings, and MyGov as crashed trying to deal with the sudden influx of people needing to access welfare. It’s a situation playing out all over the globe though, and jobs are being lost everywhere, across every industry.
Amazon have about 800 000 employees across the company, and have announced The Amazon Relief Fund to help them through the coming months. It was created with $25m from Amazon itself, and says it’s focused on “supporting our US-based Delivery Associates … and drivers and support team members of line haul partners under financial distress due to a Covid-19 diagnosis or quarantine.”
They also added this fun line: “While we aren’t expecting anyone to do so, you can make a voluntary donation to the fund if you desire to do so.”
That’s actually the re-written line too, because originally they were straight up asking people to donate via text or through their payroll if they were a worker.
Amazon is worth $1 trillion, and Jeff Bezos himself is worth an estimated $114 billion. As a side note, in 2018 Amazon reported an income of $11 billion but paid $0 in federal taxes.
We’re all under a lot of stress at the moment, some more than others depending on whether or not you’ve still got a job right now. If you do have some spare coins, I’m going to suggest you donate them to something other than doing Jeff Bezos’s job for him.
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