By Sahid Fawaz
Jeff Bezos is the richest man in history, with a net worth of $119 billion. But apparently that is not enough as his workers forego bathroom trips in the name of productivity.
"One ex-worker said staff fear getting into trouble for taking too long away from the job.
The Amazon warehouse measures 700,000 sq ft and workers may face a ten minute, quarter-of-a-mile walk to two toilets on the ground floor
The warehouse measures 700,000 sq ft and some of the 1,200 workers face a ten minute, quarter-of-a-mile walk to two toilets on the ground floor of the four-storey building.
Undercover investigator James Bloodworth said: “For those of us who worked on the top floor, the closest toilets were down four flights of stairs.”
Mr Bloodworth, who worked ten-hour shifts as a picker selecting goods for despatch, walked ten miles a day in the job to research for a book on low-wage Britain.
He claimed workers were continually monitored for time wasting by supervisors.
It meant workers operated a 'toilet bottle' system.
Mr Bloodworth said: 'People just peed in bottles because they lived in fear of being disciplined over "idle time" and losing their jobs just because they needed the loo.'
He said the warehouse in Rugeley, Staffs, is like a prison with airport-style security scanners where workers are checked and patted down in case they steal."
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