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kleinbl00  ·  307 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: One third of Amazon employees in Arizona need food stamps to feed themselves.

This is a horrifying graph.

Amazon aside, every state is Walmart, McDonald's, grocery store. 4 might be grocery store, might be restaurant, 5 might be restaurant, might be grocery store, might be Amazon.

I don't know if I've seen a better argument made for a livable minimum wage.

    Let's be honest. In 10 years many of these people won't even have these jobs. Localized GPS + drones are going to take out so many jobs in warehousing, from people who pick orders all the way to inventory control specialists.

Half million employees at Amazon.

75,000 warehouse robots added LAST YEAR ALONE.

user-inactivated  ·  307 days ago  ·  link  ·  

There's a subtle cruelty to being surrounded by an abundance of food as part of your job and knowing you're not able to have it for yourself without help from the government.

ixnar  ·  300 days ago  ·  link  ·  

This is one of the reason McD:s have cameras - not just in case of robbery, but also if workers decide to redistribute some of that food

kleinbl00  ·  307 days ago  ·  link  ·  

...I don't know how subtle that is.

user-inactivated  ·  307 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Compared to some of the overt cruelties we see in the world? It's pretty subtle. The psychological, financial, and social impacts it has on workers and their families, once again, if left unanalyzed, pretty subtle.

I don't know. None of this is surprising. Everyone knows that Wal-Mart benefits from Foodstamps both in the sense that they are used to subsidize worker pay and at the same time as payment for goods Wal-Mart sells. In the context of this article I can make a statement such as "It only makes sense that Amazon would try and copy that business model" and once again, I've stated nothing profound, only the obvious. You bring these ideas up in a conversation and people respond with "and water is wet." People don't really stop to think about how fucked up all that is, at least, not on the regular.

It's like we all willfully trivialize the issue because in doing so, it's easier for us to ignore it, or at least, ignore the idea that we should do something about it.

Dala  ·  307 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm seconding kb on the 'not very subtle.'

mk  ·  256 days ago  ·  link  ·  

If they can calculate this, there ought to be a way to determine tax penalties for it.

ForPetesSake  ·  299 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The other top leader on that list is Kroger. They are in third place in the first three states listed and fourth on the list in the forth state listed, but apparently not bad enough to appear in Pennsylvania's top 10 (Dillion's, Fry's, and Fred Meyer are all Kroger owned companies).

b_b  ·  307 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Damn McDonald's needs to step up their game. Can't believe their shareholders stand for being number 2.

user-inactivated  ·  307 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Actually, I'm sure they'd object to being on the list. I figured they'd go the whole route of "Wait a minute! We're a franchise system!" They tend to go that route for pay disputes.