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[–]LiquidMotion 7165 points7166 points  (479 children)

Oh, did the virus end and nobody told me?

[–]Admiral_obvious13 4890 points4891 points  (274 children)

Yes, you just have to say "I want to get a haircut" into the mirror three times and then you will be immune to covid-19 all day.

[–]draconothese 572 points573 points  (150 children)

i still have my covid hair im scared to have a haircut done at this point hell the haircut place in springfield mo that made the news is one of the ones i used to go to

[–]jld2k6 262 points263 points  (92 children)

I'm getting a damn mullet in the back. I was overdue for a haircut when everything shut down and it's looking really bad now lol. I'm getting ready to just take the clippers to it

Edit: To all the people suggesting I just have someone do it, I had a bad experience with home hair cuts as a teen. I dated a girl whose dad just got out of prison for robbing a bank when we started dating. He said he cut hair in prison and I was terrified of him so I let him cut my hair and he absolutely butchered it lol. In my defense, he was ripped and had swastika tattoos and (jokingly) liked to ask me if I've ever seen a grown man naked whenever he walked around in his boxer briefs, so 16 year old me figured if he wanted to cut my hair I better let him lol. Little did I know by haircuts he probably meant he just shaved people's heads.

Edit again: just to clarify, I'm fine with somebody buzzing my head with clippers, just not gonna let an everyday person with no training, or even a Nazi with fake training, use scissors on my head ever again lol

[–]PM_ME_A10s[🍰] 136 points137 points  (28 children)

"Joey, have you ever been in a Turkish Prison?"

[–]jld2k6 102 points103 points  (26 children)

Holy shit, I just looked that up and found the grown man naked line. I had no idea after all of these years that he was just quoting Airplane! He said it just like in the movie too, very dryly, which made me not sure he was joking until he kept doing it. Thank you for that lol, I always randomly think about how ridiculous it was that he asked me that all of the time and have a good laugh. Makes me feel better to know he was quoting a movie even if I knew he was still joking anyways lol

Edit: went to watch it and the entire movie is messed up on Amazon. The sound is way ahead of the video no matter how many times I reload it. I used a CBS free trial for nothing :(

This about sums it up:

https://youtu.be/cJGuq37LRjA

[–]Phailjure 30 points31 points  (17 children)

You should watch Airplane!, it's a great movie.

[–]jld2k6 15 points16 points  (13 children)

I've got nothing going on today, gonna actually check it out now! Found I can watch it on prime with some CBS free trial

[–]Kizik 23 points24 points  (3 children)

Just remember that his name is Roger Murdock, and he's the co-pilot. As you can clearly see by his name badge.

[–]ninj4b0b 8 points9 points  (5 children)

Oh you are in for a treat. I'm sure you'll end up recognizing a bunch of jokes from later shows but, damn. Such a good movie.

[–]jld2k6 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Is the sound supposed to be way out of sync in the beginning? I've reloaded it many times on Amazon and the audio is a good ways behind what's happening so far in the first 5 minutes. I know it's full of jokes but is this one too? I don't know if they're pulling one over on me or not lol

https://youtu.be/cJGuq37LRjA

[–]Mothringer 17 points18 points  (6 children)

Honestly, it's not actually that hard to give yourself a decent haircut with clippers and a guard, you just have to go over all the areas you can't see repeatedly to make sure you don't miss anything.

[–]InterruptedI 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Tell that to my super thick, slightly wavy hair. It doesn't help that my head looks like a potato when my hair is short.
I'm just going to keep rocking this until all is said and done.

[–]PatDaddysFShack369 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yeah that's not possible for everyone unfortunately. Some of us are Black, with hair that grows in 27 different directions. I'd surely patch myself.

[–]MinuteFong 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Get yourself a handheld mirror. No patches.

[–]Atomic_Maxwell 27 points28 points  (7 children)

My hair grows “out” like a Chia Pet. By mid-May I had a hair-met and finally Amazon’d some clippers and honestly didn’t butcher it as bad as I thought. Higher number up top, a little less on the bottom, though I botched my sideburn a tiny bit and didn’t bother to perfectly taper the back, but I wasn’t leaving the house anyway.

[–]ritchie70 14 points15 points  (2 children)

I bought some clippers a year or so ago and just do the whole mess with a #2 guard. It looks ok.

But honestly there’s not much left on top - I just don’t want to look like I’m trying to hide it.

[–]Obieousmaximus 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I buzzed it all off cause it was starting to look like that patch on my yard I can’t get the grass to grow. I am so much happier now and I’ll be saving money!!

[–]The-Green-Arrow 11 points12 points  (3 children)

I got some clippers to do a haircut and did a very good job being that I’ve never doing my own hair before, high number on top low on sides... then my wife banged on the bathroom door as I was doing sideburns. Now I have a buzz cut. I was in shock but it’s all just hair and it’ll grow back.

[–]CoryTheDuck 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Wear that Wisconsin waterfall with pride.

[–]televashekra 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Holy shit what an experience lol

[–]jld2k6 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Believe it or not, he actually turned his life around before dying of heart disease a few years later. He didn't die a Nazi, luckily. His funeral was pretty sad. He gave me some funny memories that still make me laugh now 15+ years later. Wouldn't take the haircut back if I could, but I still don't wanna let another amateur cut my hair lol

[–]mikem0 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Me too, I'm about to just accept it, fuck it it's hilarious anyways. Plus I work in transportation so its fitting.

[–]guccilittlepiggy11 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Oh god. I’m in the same exact hell. I was a few weeks overdue before the nightmare happened. My hair type is the kind that grows more outwardly than like downwards, almost like it gravity is a suggestion and not a law.

[–]WithEyesSetAbove 2 points3 points  (0 children)

At least yours grows down. My hair grows up, so I’m starting to look like a vampire Marge Simpson with a beard.

[–]Belfengraeme 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Fuck it, go full mullet man, I've given up on wanting to go to a hair cutter and plan on making my look like Giorno.

[–]ben9105 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I gave myself a quarantine Mohawk and it now fits right in with the protests.

[–]Fancy-Button 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Shelbyville has better barbers anyway.

[–]Obieousmaximus 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Mine was thinning out and I freakin shaved it all off!!! I think I look pretty awesome and I’m going to be saving $50/month on haircuts.

[–]DrDerpberg 383 points384 points  (51 children)

No, people are desperate enough for work that Amazon is no longer threatened by people getting sick or quitting.

[–]veive 135 points136 points  (33 children)

This is the right answer- Telling people to stay home and stay safe only works while they have money for groceries, rent, etc.

TBH I think that the despair that comes from being essentially locked in your house with no money and a dwindling supply of food is what is driving a lot of protests. Not saying that people are wrong to protest about this, but I don't think it would have been this big under normal conditions, and I do think there would be something else garnering a protest if it had not happened.

[–]OsiyoMotherFuckers 82 points83 points  (9 children)

In the year leading to the Arab Spring, a historic drought gripped the Middle East. People who were already poor got poorer, farmers left their rural communities for the cities, and food got expensive. When people don't have jobs to go to, and don't have much or anything to lose, they end up in the streets, and they aren't happy.

[–]veive 29 points30 points  (8 children)

Let's hope this isn't the US version of the Arab Spring.

Looking back over what has happened in the region since I don't particularly want to go through that.

[–]CancerLogistics 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Unless Russia or China start full-scale arming militias in the US, I think we're ok, for now.

[–]veive 6 points7 points  (3 children)

They don't need to arm militias. The arms are already here. They just need to stir the pot and incite shit.

[–]OsiyoMotherFuckers 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Yeah the Arab Spring became the Arab Winter.

[–]peoplerproblems 14 points15 points  (0 children)

And it kind of just, sort of, you know - stuck.

[–]GreyBoyTigger 40 points41 points  (18 children)

Man, it sure makes Obama look bad that he didn’t leave a plan in place to mitigate outbreaks three years into the next presidents term. /s

[–]DrDerpberg 35 points36 points  (3 children)

If only he had printed 2 copies of the pandemic team's playbook so they'd still have one after Trump threw it out.

[–]GreyBoyTigger 13 points14 points  (2 children)

They should have labeled it “proof of Obama’s Kenyan birth” and it would have been treated better than an upside down bible

[–]majorchamp 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Yes but these protests would have still happened cause those cops were around before Trump ... We can't blame Trump (as much as we want to) over the thousanda shoulder to shoulder pissed as racism in America and how cops treat black people. So pandemic plan in place or not....this could have still occurred.

[–]theoutlet 32 points33 points  (3 children)

Yeah, Total Wine did the same thing a month ago. Total Wine announced the raise before the horrific unemployment numbers came out. Then after the numbers came out, Total Wine just let the raise quietly expire.

Workers are still in danger, Total Wine just isn’t all that concerned about it and they never really were.

[–]Sorodo 150 points151 points  (19 children)

Media attention moved on so the pay rise is no longer needed

[–]mobilesurfer 57 points58 points  (16 children)

Bezos is the slimiest greedy son of a bitch in the tech industry. They better split is bullshit company before he is completely consumed

[–]ramon13 90 points91 points  (6 children)

Yeah, are you not watching the news? The riots are all the rave now, covid is old news just like global warming.

[–]ChocktawRidge 41 points42 points  (2 children)

I don't know. Seem to be plenty of people out and about lately.

[–]Gmneuf 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Nah the "Hero" marketing campaign isn't profitable anymore

[–]insipidwanker 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I dunno, seems like tens of thousands of people are congregating in the streets and the people who told us going golfing would kill Grandma are cheering it on, so it must have.

[–]SwordOfKas 60 points61 points  (19 children)

No, Americans just got bored of it...

[–]luminousfleshgiant 67 points68 points  (15 children)

I'm all for hating on ass backwards Americans.. But this seems to be a problem all over the world. Anywhere that's reduced restrictions is seeing their dumbasses take that to mean the pandemic is over.

[–]vaynebot 12 points13 points  (0 children)

It's true that a lot of other countries are lifting restrictions, and unless a vaccine comes with miraculous speed that is most likely going to end up with another wave (although maybe a really flat one).

However, in the US it's kind of especially hilarious because the number of active cases haven't even gone down yet. There are still like 20 times the number of active cases there were when schools initially closed.

[–]DM_ME_YOUR_DIMPLES 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It's not a trend anymore. That was an April thing.

[–]TEMPWILLDELETESOON 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Weren’t there protests across the entire world the last week? Like I was literally just listening to a story about 80k people protesting in France

[–]joswayski 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Yes you’re especially immune if you’re out protesting in large groups

[–]Youtoo2 8 points9 points  (5 children)

The protesters seem to think so. I really hops the heat reduces transmission or we are going to be right back in lock down in a few weeks.

Edit: a nurse responded to another post of mine and said we are fucked.

[–]milkymilkmilk 409 points410 points  (33 children)

Whole Foods employees as well.

[–]WholeFartsMarket 212 points213 points  (5 children)

Correct. $2 pay differential ended Monday while employees are still required to be temped at the beginning of the shift, wear masks and utilize increased sanitation procedures.

[–]AltimaNEO 112 points113 points  (14 children)

Pretty much most companies that were paying hazard pay have stopped as cities open back up

[–]glittertongue 41 points42 points  (4 children)

Target is holding onto hazard differential til July 4

[–]fatpat 18 points19 points  (1 child)

A few weeks after July 4 is going to be like a covid brush fire.

[–]glittertongue 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Trust me, I know it..

[–]BearCavalry 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Funny thing is they were already planning on bumping the minimum wage by the end of the year. There's a chance they keep it going past then, but who knows when it comes to corporate.

[–]itzshifty 32 points33 points  (2 children)

Which is incredibly counterintuitive... reopening will lead to another outbreak and more risk for employees.. barely working for above minimum wage

[–]AltimaNEO 24 points25 points  (1 child)

I think the idea is that grocery stores are no longer the only places open now, so there would be less people shopping.

But yeah, it was nice getting a few extra bucks while it lasted. Theyre already telling us to get ready for hours to get cut as they forecast business to slow downl

[–]Dvrza 8 points9 points  (1 child)

They kept our unlimited call outs and dumped our hazard pay, guess whose calling out next week. We’ll see whose “essential” when my produce department is empty.

[–]westernringo 14 points15 points  (5 children)

Let’s not forget that for Whole Foods employees in a lot of areas we have been FORBIDDEN to get OVERTIME without PERMISSION. The double time for OT has been a lie for almost 2 months but they still perpetuate that it’s a real, tangible incentive.

And they aren’t even requiring customers to wear masks and enforcing 6 feet rules.

[–]KineticPolarization 8 points9 points  (2 children)

You should report them to the press or something. Make it to where the owners get uncomfortable and feel pressure. We all, in any way possible, have to start forcing our society to actually work for us. Do what ever you can to make change. We are going to have to cause some people to be uncomfortable or even make them hurt (like financially). Right now the bubble of our society is popping. Keep the momentum up in every aspect of society. Otherwise we will have gone through all of this and gotten nothing by the end of it. Or even worse.

[–]Impossible_Tenth 464 points465 points  (34 children)

This does nothing. Jeff Bezos continues to have peaceful sleep with sweet dreams, in which he has luxurious hair.

[–]ididntstudy_1 82 points83 points  (2 children)

Do you think when something touches Bezos' hair he exclaims " AAA, my cabezos

[–]Impossible_Tenth 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Well, he would want to. But the sensation is so alien to him now that it wakes him up. Even billionaires get wet dreams.

[–]Itsbigboiseason 2 points3 points  (0 children)

As they are carried off into the Amazon dungeon

[–]thetruthteller 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Dude the stock market (not the indices yes but the underlying stocks mostly) are at ALL TIME highs. Billions have been made in the last 6 weeks. The poor are rioting and the wealthy just established their finances for the next decade. Think about that.

[–]TheLordKord 15 points16 points  (23 children)

The guy has enough wealth to take over countries if he wanted. I don’t think there is any stopping him even if he started committing mass murders.

[–]xoEVOox 5 points6 points  (1 child)

How much of that wealth do you think is actually able to be liquidated though? I'm not doubting what you say because honestly I'm sure he could by large swaths of Africa if he wanted to. I'm just unsure that you could actually realize 150 billion if he fully liquidated.

[–]TheLordKord 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You are probably right but the fact that we are questioning it means he probably has more than enough money to stop any action against him.

[–]sorry_squid 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Watch Amazon still blame any inconvenience on their site with "Due to COVID-19..."

[–]EchoRex 1880 points1881 points  (315 children)

So from reading the article the headline doesn't make sense...

Amazon is planning to continue with the scheduled removal of the $2/hr pay increase.

Workers are split and either find the $2/hr makes no difference or they see it as disheartening/want more now that it is going away.

Then at the end of the article it just notes that Bezos wealth is estimated to go up to $150b without context to the pay changes or his connection, if any, with the decision (Amazon has about a thousand boards and board members or some shit for all their different divisions).

Lazy journalism plus click bait headline.

Give us context, link the two ideas together, do the work.

Edit: for those who don't understand how there is no "general knowledge" direct connection and those who don't understand how multi billionaires are that wealthy, Bezos net worth is linked to stock prices, the pay of warehouse workers means fuck all for his portfolio compared to investors bidding up Amazon stocks as a good bet as everyone orders more and more online.

The problem isn't his wealth or direct accountability, the problem is his apathy for his entry level workers.

[–]Pascalwb 404 points405 points  (12 children)

"Lazy journalism plus click bait headline." Describes r/technology well.

[–]Rizizdead 93 points94 points  (5 children)

Pretty sure it describes almost all of mainstream, non mainstream, social, and any other kind of media.

[–]domcobb8 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Couple of thoughts on that. 1, “almost all” media is probably a bit generalized. There are many sources that have quality information, even if nested among sensation. 2, most sensationalized media is a direct result of consumer behavior.

Not saying it’s ideal but any organization has to deal with costs. The move to online venue, at to some extent, was a blow to revenue that supported journalism. Add to that “AI” generated content as replacement and here we are. Don’t think there are great simple solutions. Perhaps to best of ability make good choices about what each of us choose support with site visitation and/or cash money; word of mouth recommendations.

[–][deleted] 508 points509 points  (131 children)

I think the connection is the implied moral dilemma of a billionaire existing at the same time as his own company pays shit.

Edit:

I did not advocate for any stance other than trying to understand the lack of the connection mentioned in OP's comment.

His company paying shit and yet better than other companies are not mutually exclusive. For example, I worked at Quad Graphics for a bit. The pay was worse, but the work was much easier than what I've seen from Amazon. I cannot recall the source, but I saw a show or short on the conditions of working there; it can be damn rough from what I saw.

[–]EchoRex 70 points71 points  (85 children)

Absolutely that position seems to pay for shit at 15/hr base, but there needs to be some sort of link from that idea in a headline to the article, not just an out of context footnote at the end, giving a reason (even if stupid or bullshit) that the wealth of Bezos is affecting that pay.

But hell even this article states that the Amazon people are making more than Amazon's competitors are paying for equal positions, so I don't know how that shit pay angle plays out.

From what I've read, Bezos is basically completely divorced from these kinds of decision processes outside of sweeping general direction moves. And I doubt the decision of when to end the increased pay ever really came up in his brain, some board guy probably just said something about "end it when the states are ending their phase one reopening guidelines".

[–]1ofZuulsMinions 19 points20 points  (0 children)

We were told back in March that it would end in April, then Amazon pushed it til the end of May. This was no surprise to us employees.

[–]NOTorAND 27 points28 points  (41 children)

I thought 15/hr was a good target for labor jobs?

[–]Styckles 9 points10 points  (3 children)

We lost a lot to get that $15/hr minimum, enough that we probably really only broke even on what we'd actually bring home year to year, except for brand new people that hadn't gotten any raises yet. It probably hurt people in the really big cities like New York where the pay might have already started at $15.

We lost stock grants, at a time when it is valued higher than ever. I don't check it anymore now that we don't get any but last I did it hovered around $1900, compare that to barely $300 in the first half of the 2010s. Instead we have a stock purchase program that will deduct from our paychecks to slowly work towards owning a share, but I think it can be used for any stock, not just Amazon. Since most of us live at or close to paycheck to paycheck levels, I consider this a slap in the face, it'll take months to years to get a single share and the value is volatile and it's coming out of our own pockets instead of being a grant.

We lost the VCP monthly bonus program, of which you could earn up to 8% of the last month's gross as a bonus. 4% came from perfect attendance, 4% came from building metrics, so you could reasonably rely on at least that 4%. Being based on gross this obviously really benefitted overtime junkies, of which I am not.

Our raises are now tightened and we get less overall at the 3 year top out now. We start at $15, but at 3 years you cap out at a whopping $16.15. It takes 2 years to get ANY raise out of that amazing $1.15 total.

You do get insurance on day 1, and IMO it has always been good, but I'm single and not paying for children/spouse. They did switch my state to copays this year, not sure if that is better than before or not. Life insurance is ultra cheap, a few dollars a paycheck for 10 years of your income (I'm healthy though, don't smoke or drink), every single employee should opt in to it, especially given the current world situation

Amazon refers to all of the above as Total Compensation. They'll bundle your actual base pay, insurance, benefits, etc and say that is LIKE you make X amount. This is how we broke even. They simply said "OK, people want $15/hr, fine, but they're gonna make even more on VCP so scratch that annnnd let's see what else oh they're not gonna need those stock grants now either so RIP." My building used to start at $12, so obviously all the new people loved the change, because they hadn't gotten any stocks, they never had VCP, they didn't know they aren't really making any more than they would have and why would they care about things they never had anyway? All it did was get people to apply in droves. The only difference is now our paychecks are reliably the same instead of having the VCP paycheck (last check of the month) be hundreds, even a thousand dollars higher during peak since when it existed the bonus doubled to 16% potential.

Overall I feel like Amazon doesn't want grunts to stick around. They want you to move up, or get out via their Caeer Choice program that pays a fairly significant amount of tuition towards a wide variety of two year degrees. People that stick around get unhappy and call for unionization, although I personally think a union would be a "grass is greener" situation that might start off good but go to utter shit within 5-10 years. My only real basis for that is my dad working for Kroger for a lot of years and saying their contracts got worse and worse without fail.

I have 4 years currently with Amazon, and we used to get some incentives at 5 years, but I'm not sure they exist anymore. I'm also not sure I want to deal with another peak season, with Prime Day being moved to September we might as well consider September-Christmas as our peak season and that is fucking nightmarish. Peak will be pure hell anyway with COVID restrictions like 1 person per aisle regardless of distance, I have no idea how they will expect stowers to get product into bins once we have twice as many people working if they gotta keep moving to let pickers in, meanwhile 5 pickers will all be waiting one by one to get into an aisle and 4 of them will be new hires that are slow and don't give a fuck since they will disappear after Christmas. I assume they expect to do away with this rule or even the 6 feet rule by September, but COVID isn't going anywhere so 😕. It will be miserable.

If it weren't for the fact my building has a shift that is three 12hr shifts with a $2.90 differential, I'd probably have quit by now even though every other online retailer I've worked for has undeniably worse....everything, from benefits to pay to just how they perform individual tasks. I don't have the energy to go back to school let alone ability to pay it off once payments start. Already wasted 7 years once paying off an Associates from a shitty school, I'm not doing it again.

Hey we got some T-shirts though. It makes it alllll worth it.

[–]rundmcarlson 3 points4 points  (1 child)

The sad thing is, even with all youve lost, you are still doing way better than a lot of warehouse and manufacturing work. The facility I work at pays the warehouse and production employees 12 to start (was 10 until last year), offers the saddest insurance options I have ever seen (people could get those rates on their own so the company is providing no value there) and get no tuition assistance options or any other perks. Other than insurance, they get 3% 401k match and thats it.

[–]Kaywin 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Depends. If you’re in Los Angeles $15/hour won’t really pay the rent.

[–]f4te 71 points72 points  (29 children)

totally- I'd didn't have to read the headline article to tell you that his net worth has nothing to do with a $2 pay increase to frontline workers at Amazon

[–]growt 86 points87 points  (24 children)

I'm not a native speaker, so maybe I read that wrong, but I interpreted the "as" in the headline as "at the same time". And that seems right: Bezos is worth 150 billion at roughly the same time as the extra $2 for "his" workers stops.

[–]SuperSatanOverdrive 27 points28 points  (10 children)

Not a native speaker either and I interpreted it the same as you. It’s highlighting hypocrisy, not causation.

Shouldn’t be too hard to get.

[–]Weldeer 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I AM a native speaker and I interpreted it that way, cuz that's how it was meant to be put forth. Not as a direct result.

[–]theangriestbird 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Exactly. Does reporting these two things in the same headline send a biased message? Totally. Is it inaccurate? Not in the slightest.

The point is not necessarily that Jeff Bezos' net worth is a result of underpaying his employees. The point is that, given his his current wealth, he could probably afford to stop cutting corners in places that negatively impact the people that work for him.

[–]ruffiana 38 points39 points  (15 children)

Pretty sure the $150b is net worth based on current value of various stocks and property. He doesn't have $150b in gold doubloons sitting in a big ole bank vault. Trying to liquidate that wealth into cash would yield only a fraction of that value and be monumentally destructive to millions of people.

[–]SwoleJohll 29 points30 points  (1 child)

This is not even a technology article!

[–]wuhkay 54 points55 points  (0 children)

Yay! We beat COVI.... wait...

[–]DreadandButter 43 points44 points  (16 children)

I work for Starbucks. For the months of April and May we were given a $3/hr service pay raise. That ended as of 5/31, and now despite seeing their stock prices raise and after no executives offering to take reduced or forgo salaries during this difficult time, they’re now moving to dramatically reduce hours and workforce by means of temporary furlough or laying them off entirely.

To believe that Starbucks, one of the biggest multinational corporations on the planet, is suddenly out of money, is sheer idiocy. Just last year they spent millions of dollars on a week-long conference in Chicago for all their store managers to raise morale.

The real looters wear suits.

[–]Yevon 14 points15 points  (12 children)

Stock price rising doesn't help the company unless the company is currently fundraising by selling more shares.

A company's stock price is a reflection of how well people think a business is doing, but is sometimes divorced from reality. That's why you can see a company report losses but the stock price goes up because people thought the losses would be even worse than the reality.

[–]Pascalwb 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This constant fortune nears x. Then next headline lost y. He didn't lose or gain anything unless he sells the stock.

[–]teraza95 18 points19 points  (9 children)

As an Amazon employee in the UK it's not a big deal. Still the best paying warehouse job around and it's not difficult. Had a wave of staff quitting when it ended but none if them were good workers anyway.

[–]FartingBob 3 points4 points  (2 children)

How much does the entry level warehouse make? Ive heard they pay well, got a friend who lives near one of the warehouses and she needs a job.

[–]teraza95 3 points4 points  (0 children)

In Yorkshire it's 9.50 day 11.50 nights

[–]tee_fanny 27 points28 points  (5 children)

Wait, you guys are getting coronavirus pay? stares confused in Publix uniform

[–]EdgyWalmartSlave 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Walmart employee shares Publix employee's confusion

[–]BaBbBoobie 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I feel bad for you publix guys. Everytime someone comes from Publix to Walmart they always tell me how shitty it is.

[–]EzLittleBoy 10 points11 points  (2 children)

I used to work as a package handler at fedex during the virus and they gave us no pay raise they didn’t care lmao

[–]BishopBacardi 320 points321 points  (174 children)

FYI..Bezo’s is rich because he created Amazon, so he owns millions of Amazon’s stock. It’s not as if Amazon is paying him billions every year.

Titles like this are always so misleading

[–]apadin1 99 points100 points  (91 children)

Yeah it's not like Bezos has $150 billion in cash just laying around. Not that I condone Amazon as a company because I do think they take advantage of the system, but "Jeff Bezos net worth nears $150 billion" does not mean "Jeff Bezos has $150 billion in his bank account"

[–]luminousfleshgiant 124 points125 points  (60 children)

He has more liquid cash than any one human being could ever need.

[–]rowpwn 36 points37 points  (14 children)

I mean, like any other billionaire, he tries to have as little liquid cash under his name as possible cuz that’s taxes he has to pay everytime he turns some of his net worth into cash and when he uses the cash. But you’re right, he has the ability to get more cash than 99.9% of other people

[–]YodaLoL 11 points12 points  (0 children)

When you have that amount of net worth liquidity literally doesn't mean shit.

[–]juanlee337 38 points39 points  (30 children)

misleading yes, but cutting workers and services means more profit, which in turn increases share holder value, which means hes net worth keep going up.

[–]KitchenDepartment 34 points35 points  (29 children)

And that is why he increased the minimum wages by 50%.

Hold on that doesn't fit the narrative?

[–]TJzzz 5 points6 points  (0 children)

They were still getting them? Talbots kicked that out 2-3 weeks ago

[–]SirSpegeta 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Aldi did the same thing! $2 raise ended the last day of May. Workers who work during June will get a $300 bonus split in two payments for full time employees, $150 split into two payments for casual and seasonal workers

[–]sunbeatsfog 4 points5 points  (3 children)

I stopped buying from Amazon; it's not that hard to just google and buy direct from stores and companies for a lot of stuff.

[–]travismacmillan 103 points104 points  (81 children)

You know... instead of bitching, you could just stop buying from amazon. Support local stores, and other businesses directly. People in those jobs will find other jobs with better companies who don’t have razor thin margins and constantly pushing for growth instead of profit.

But yea, go ahead and try to convince someone to change who literally has fuck you everyone money.

[–]drstock 85 points86 points  (19 children)

Daily reminder that Reddit runs on AWS.

[–]Second899 14 points15 points  (15 children)

Is there a local alternative to aws?

[–]DiabeetusMan 16 points17 points  (5 children)

Not sure what you mean by "local", but Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure are both large cloud hosting competitors.

[–]bluesoul 19 points20 points  (6 children)

Not really, no. Not without a lot of performance sacrifices. An application the size of reddit uses a lot of crayons in the AWS box.

[–]badboystwo 18 points19 points  (1 child)

On top of that you can't really just take reddit and copy and paste it to a new service provider. You'd have to rebuild it.

[–]Decyde 98 points99 points  (19 children)

What local stores?

Walmart did a great job of gutting most of those prior to Amazon taking over online.

[–]TheSetbacks 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Support local stores, and other businesses directly.

the people bitching about Amazon just destroyed all of those stores and businesses 🤣

[–]Mr_Holden 29 points30 points  (8 children)

Jeff Bezos doesn't personally pay Amazon's payroll. Why do we talk as if a company a rich man owns is full of his personal money?

I'm sick of these ultra rich billionaire fucks as much as anyone, but Bezos isn't the example of gross executive pay we should be targeting. His wealth is made of a percentage of AMZN stock which is worth $150 billion as of now. He hasn't sold it yet.

Amazon itself has its own budgets, is who is actually screwing workers out of fair pay, and should be who we're targeting here. Bezos is a totally separate issue.

[–]zanderf87 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I’d bet anything most of that net worth is valued in his Amazon stock, which can’t be directly used as money for anything except maybe other stocks.

[–]Banuvan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That doesn't work with reddits agenda so it's conveniently ignored by the masses.

[–]GrecoISU 6 points7 points  (5 children)

Isn’t Amazon a publicly traded company?

[–]XtaC23 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Nope! Bezos actually rules over it with complete authority like a feral dictator and he personally decided to do this!

[–]MelodyMyst 10 points11 points  (1 child)

/r/technology is a place to share and discuss the latest developments, happenings and curiosities in the world of technology; a broad spectrum of conversation as to the innovations, aspirations, applications and machinations that define our age and shape our future.

Submissions relating to business and politics must be sufficiently within the context of technology in that they either view the events from a technological standpoint or analyse the repercussions in the technological world.

In what way does this submission relate to the rules. I see no discussion about technology at all. 18.2k upvotes though.

[–]iconic_tm 19 points20 points  (8 children)

What does his net worth have to do with anything? The man started a company. He owns most of the company. The market cap of the company goes up because people prefer to buy things cheaper online. So he gets wealthier. He owes nothing to anyone. They choose to work for him, for Amazon. Not like Amazon is the only company out there.

It’s called being a business owner. Try it some time.

[–]deusrex_ 91 points92 points  (193 children)

I'm never one for boycotts but even I'm thinking it's time to put bezos in his place. He should be helping the world during these times, instead he's sticking it to the workers responsible for his fortune.

[–]DankNerd97 103 points104 points  (41 children)

The number of people who would follow through with the boycott would be a drop in an ocean. Amazon is too big.

[–]Brandhor 65 points66 points  (16 children)

they could completely close the store and still be rich with just aws

[–]w2tpmf 29 points30 points  (14 children)

Right. You'd have to boycott using every site they host on the internet to hurt them.

That would mean boycotting Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, LinkedIn, Pintrest, IMDB, Twitch, Yelp, Adobe, Disney, Turner, CNN, BBC, ESPN, Time, Sony, Ubisoft, Square Enix, AirBnB, Lyft.....and on and on and on.....

Like anyone would ever go along with that. Even after all of those companies started to loose money, they'd still be contractually obligated to pay AWS for services till they all went bankrupt.

[–]Rizizdead 10 points11 points  (4 children)

Amazon's marketplace isn't the driving force of revenue for the company. And you would be hard pressed to get a boycott going against AWS.

[–]mmmpussy 24 points25 points  (26 children)

Just curious, why does he have a responsibility to help the world?

[–]ellipses1 25 points26 points  (16 children)

And further, hasn’t the existence of Amazon been a huge benefit to people, in general? The virus and lockdowns didn’t really affect me very much, but I live in a rural area and amazon is a wonderful service to have available.

[–]Gatmann 25 points26 points  (6 children)

I love this idea going around reddit of how rich Bezos is getting - Bezos is getting rich because the service he owns 10% of is being valued more because it has been shown to be the only pandemic-proof way of getting goods around, and because more and more companies are going to use AWS as they set up work-from-home infrastructure. Bezos does not get to choose when he makes money - the market chooses that.

Even after Bezos paid his workers way above minimum wage for warehouse work, that wasn't enough. Then he tries to raise the minimum wage overall - which reddit loves in any other case - but because it's him he's doing it out of evil. When he donates money, it's "not enough". Reddit's hatred of Amazon is bizarre to me.

[–]DikBagel 25 points26 points  (22 children)

His wealth is vast majority stored in the company. He doesn’t have 150 billion in cash just lying around.

The only reason his wealth has gone up is bc everyone wants to buy amazon stock thus causing the value to go up astronomically. In 5 years amazons stock has gone up over 470%. Should he be forced to sell part of his stake in the company he founded just bc outsiders view his company as a good investment? At what percentage should he have to sell?

FFS people demand 15/hr and amazon pays that then suddenly it isn’t enough.

[–]bookant 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Of course they did. It was all PR to begin with, and with the attention spans of the average Americans being what they are, eveyone's now forgotten that we're in the middle of a pandemic.

[–]attaboyyy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

aka back to business as usual.

[–]R_M_Jaguar 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They lasted longer than AT&T.

[–]ApatheticNarwhal 2 points3 points  (0 children)

“iT’s nOt iN tHe bUdGeT”