Amazon has come under fire once again for the way it treats its employees after the company began encouraging them to get inside coffin sized pods in order to ‘recharge’ their ‘mental and emotional’ batteries.
The company calls them ‘zen booths’ or ‘Amazen’ in a video that it posted to Twitter and subsequently deleted just hours later after it was relentlessly mocked and criticised.
The internet doesn’t forget, however:
Hat Amazon den bizarren Psychotelefonzellentweet grad gelöscht? pic.twitter.com/aV8Se57VJs
— Hendrik Wieduwilt (@hwieduwilt) May 27, 2021
— Ssaman Mardi (@SsamanMardi) May 27, 2021
The pods are sitting on the warehouse floor (presumably so slave workers don’t have to stray too far from their stations) waiting for mentally and physically shattered drones to enter when they need to scream, cry or… look at a bonsai tree.
Inside the chilling despair pod there is also a computer that, Amazon says, allows workers to “navigate through a library of mental health and mindful practices to recharge the internal battery.”
One can only imagine what kind of monstrous cringe is contained within.
This adds to the litany of other reports of Amazon employees being treated so poorly that they are literally killing themselves.
“They treat us like disposable parts,” an anonymous writer, who worked at an Amazon fulfillment center, wrote in an article published by The Guardian last year.
The employees say they are tracked everywhere they go (which has increased with COVID measures) and punished if they dare to stop working at any time.
Drivers have reported that they have to piss in bottles because they cannot take sufficient breaks to empty their bladders. Amazon dismissed the claim, then walked back the dismissal after it was revealed to be true via internal documents that proved the company was chiding employees for “public urination” and even “public defecation.”
So, this mindful pod is supposed to balance out all that and more.
Still no toilet in there though.
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) May 27, 2021
Imagine working for a company so dystopian where conditions are so awful that they need to put a cry closet in the middle of the floor, and the company tries to sell it as a badge of honor.
— David Chartier (@chartier) May 27, 2021
if you provided a thriving environment for employees why would you need this in the middle of your shop floor
— Cat Graffam (@catgraffam) May 27, 2021
Employees don’t even have time to take bathroom breaks. How in the hell are they supposed to have time for your despair closet?
— Kendall Brown (@kendallybrown) May 27, 2021
At least workers have privacy now when they have to piss in a bottle
— Diana Hussein (@heyadiana) May 27, 2021
The mindfulness ‘kiosk’ is a feature of dystopian movie THX-1138: