Hands up if you want to work at Amazon.
No, not in upper management, where you can become very rich, but in the warehouses.
That’s where the hours are long, the pay paltry, and the conditions highly pressurised, with the risk of getting the sack looming large at any moment.
Welcome to The Amazon Race, created by ABC News, which is designed to illustrate how things go down at the Melbourne warehouse.
That’s explained in one of the opening screens:
Go on – pick your character.
I know it’s not Mortal Kombat, or Golden Axe (a classic, show some respect), but you have these three options:
OK, by now you’ve probably figured out that this isn’t going to be a wild Grand Theft Auto-style ride, and the missions set are a depressing reminder of the conditions that these people work under.
No surprise that an Amazon spokesperson, who talked with Mashable, was less than impressed:
An Amazon spokesperson told Mashable that ABC’s article is “intentionally sensational in its reporting and is demeaning to the hard working dedicated people who work at Amazon fulfilment centres and do a great job.”
Fulfilment centres – wow, now I’ve heard it all. That rings more hollow than a yoga studio in Constantia Village promising enlightenment.
Keen to see what it takes to crack the nod at Amazon’s Melbourne warehouse? Play here.
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