Warehouses: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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It’s easy to buy things online, and even easier not to think about how they get to you. John Oliver discusses what happens when you click “buy now.”
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Ember Reed
Ember Reed Hace 37 minutos
I worked at a warehouse once. It was the middle of winter, I was filling metal trailers in a metal building. I had no gloves. My ring finger was literally swollen, purple, and on the brink of hypothermia; my manager said "uhh we don't have any gloves, just keep working and let me know if it doesn't get better."
james fortin
james fortin Hace un hora
I have worked in warehouses for the past 10 years. Being able to see these conditions from an outside perspective has made me realize just how insane they are. None of the warehouses I've worked in provided employees with air conditioning, and I live in South Carolina where summer temperatures can easily reach the high 90s with downright oppressive humidity. I am in my early 30s and suffer with moderate back pain on a daily basis. It is not uncommon to find a 50% turnover rate for new employees who simply cant handle the conditions. Worse still is the fact that workers in this field are viewed as commodities rather than people. Its impossible for me to believe that the higher ups work anywhere near as hard as I do, yet expecting more than 15/hr (a mere fraction of their pay) is almost laughable in their eyes. I can attest to coming home utterly broken from the manual labor, yet still having to maintain a household and be present for my family. Upon reflection, it almost seems hopeless to ever transcend the drudgery, especially if you lack any higher education which is difficult to attain given the exhaustion one already feels. Something is seriously wrong with the labor laws in this field. I'm encouraged by knowing that I'm not alone here, but also deeply troubled that so many of us simply have to grit our teeth and literally fight through every day of the work week. I'm glad it's coming to light with news clips like this, and I'm hoping that we can reach a point where we're seen as human beings instead of machines.
Saint Martins
Saint Martins Hace 6 horas
I use to work at a major grocery store. We wanted only 20 cents more per hour (not to seem too greedy) but the business claimed poverty & could not afford it. 4 months later they spent $ 2.5 billion to buy a pharmacy retail chain. This B.S. is the reason why we employees stole items from the store everyday. It was payback !
Saint Martins
Saint Martins Hace 6 horas
The only thing i like about retail jobs shifting from stores to warehouses is that you don't have to deal with annoying customers ! But sadly working in a warehouse is slave like labor in a dull industrial environment.
Anna YYC
Anna YYC Hace 6 horas
I'm really worried that, in the not so far future, I will have to order toilet paper on amazon, and just sit in the bathroom until it is delivered. Reason being that because EVERYTHING can be ordered online and ppl are getting more and more accustom to things being directly delivered to their home, retailers are actually diminishing their variety of products in store. So, to make up the revenue they lost from selling less product, prices of other products are being raised because retailer have to pay rent and cover other expense coming from having a physical store. However, these changes are, in a way, forcing customer to get their item online which offers CHEAPER price with free fast delivery to their home. Now, even less people are going to a physical store and the cycle repeats again.
Adam Cr
Adam Cr Hace 7 horas
Walking back and forth in the warehouse to pick items seems wildly inefficient to me. Surely there is a better way to do things?
Maxphyspage Hace 7 horas
I worked my way up from bagger to third manager and a night shift leader for a grocery store at 19. Not even a Boomer. Midnight till whenever we were done stocking the store, bailing the boxes and facing the shelves. It was SUPER HARD work. What a bunch of enormous pussies.
Juan Juri
Juan Juri Hace 7 horas
not even a boomer, already a bootlicker
bob marley
bob marley Hace 8 horas
I can't believe I worked for 3years doing this shit... finally quit because i kept telling managers about the same heat problem blowing warm air, and even chugging water I felt faint and having serious issues breathing, I think I dodged a bullet because I was told any longer and It could have been fatal... keep in mind I'm in my late 20's... I saw people in their 40's working to the bone I felt so sad and even suicidal this last year... physical issues are intense but mental issues are even deadlier there.. one guy was screaming outside saying we dont know whats coming, people crying, sleeping, and exhausted in the warehouse and parking lot. one guy was laughing hysterically ready to prob light the place up....(metal detectors are so employees don't steal, none coming in so anyone can lock and load) we even had some thugs threatening to shoot an employee. be warned and be ready because the day you commit is the day your life could end.
mji245 Hace 10 horas
Please sir, may I pee some more.
digital/vibes Hace 11 horas
After watching this episode, I have started to choose delayed shipping times on Amazon. Feel bad for the poor workers.
Jj Jones
Jj Jones Hace 11 horas
I worked with 2 x employees of Amazon fullfillment centers, both are great workers (not slow). They both had horrible experiences and quit. When they send you to break, you could be anywhere in the wherehouse, so it It could take you 5 minutes just to get to the restroom and 5 minutes to get back. So, your whole break was going to the bathroom. If you go to the bathroom while at work and not on break. You fall behind in your numbers and get a talking too. You fall to behind to much and they will let you go. They where required to wear the safety vests at all times and if they weren't wearing them it could be grounds for termination. Did I mention the entrance they had to use to go to work was about 100 feet away from where they kept their vests. So, they had to walk without vests to get the vests in fear of being terminated. I think this is part of the phycological make up of how they do business. If at any point you are not satisfied you are replaceable. It's a fear based system imo.
EyFmS Hace 13 horas
Im starting to think the movie Elysium is more of a documentary than a sci-fi flick...
Falcorian Sabbat
Falcorian Sabbat Hace 15 horas
You actually can have a very fulfilling job at Amazon. I didn't. I left my shift every day after literally standing in a puddle of sweat from working so hard trying to keep my Quota(tm) up. I broke my ankle and worked on it for a month because I was told to expect a little pain. I didn't make it at Amazon. On the other hand, the woman across from me who spent the entire time gossiping and cherry-picking boxes with high count single-item merchandise... she thrives quite well.
Sydney Brosious
Sydney Brosious Hace 16 horas
A woman died while I was working at an Amazon warehouse. My understanding was that the scene was pretty bad but it didn't even slow the place down besides some confusion. Then they try to say we're all one big family.
Aly-Bocar Cisse
Aly-Bocar Cisse Hace 18 horas
Why the fuck does he feel the need to joke with MJ each chance he gets? Not cool.
1Cabieles Hace 18 horas
this could have been 1000 better with ryan reynolds voice
U Gone Need A Drank
U Gone Need A Drank Hace 19 horas
Stop doing the mountain of cocaine at work and better yourself warehouse workers! We see you tweeking at amazon.com
Blackfalk Hace 19 horas
Jeff Bezos is hispanic right?
Blitz Regen
Blitz Regen Hace 19 horas
I work in a warehouse and it's the worst job I have ever had. The WalMart clip really speaks to me because we are killing ourselves in dangerous conditions and the managers and corporate don't give a crap about us.
wietze gerfen
wietze gerfen Hace 22 horas
You need to fix the subtitles man
Jeremiah Bayles
Jeremiah Bayles Hace un día
I don't think I'm alone in thinking the bear spray wasn't an accident...
trenoops Hace un día
Treating people like robots, Robot means slave. Slaves worked from sun up to sun down, did they get bathroom breaks?
Staples Hace un día
Fuck everything about this.
Yes I know. I'm Gay. Thanks for noticing
Yes I know. I'm Gay. Thanks for noticing Hace un día
This is why I ONLY buy things online if I absolutely have to. Things aren't THAT much cheaper
joeydelrio Hace un día
i dont know about amazon but i worked at dillards fulfillment and it was by far the worst job i have ever had. the work was not hard but the rules were to much to keep up with, they went out of their way to belittle you, they had a production pay system that was never explained to you, and yes you got in trouble for going to the bathroom. i kept getting short checks and was told my units per hour was off, i knew they were full of shittt because i could easily tell i was out producing the person in the next section over, i complained enough that i was able to get a supervisor to follow me while i worked, i wanted to see these mistakes. after a few hours she was foced to admit i was doing nothing wrong, and i continued to get short checks, the manager actually told me that i only worked fast when people were watching and the rest of the time i did nothing, i asked him to show me where i did nothing, they had a million dollar camera system so they had to have this "doing nothing" on tape. i was fired a few weeks later. one of the times i was getting wrote up the manager actually bragged about firing a guy because he had to miss work to witness the birth of his child. they also had a permanent "now hiring" sign that stands in front of their building. i think the avg career is about 6-10 months. what a crap hole.
Ghøšt Bïrd
Ghøšt Bïrd Hace un día
My GOD‼️😳...... It is WHY I do NOT have Prime and will NEVER have it. I, at least have empathy for people and brain cells to know that getting crap sent in 1-2 days, have to come from people who are being worked to death. NO❗️ I can wait a week to get my crap and IF I need crap, do what people have done for ages, go to the damn store and get it. Amazon NEEDS to improve their work conditions - 1 hour of lunch, longer breaks, more bathrooms and an average working hours - 8 to 9 hrs for shift, even IF it means hiring MORE workers. You treat people with RESPECT and like human being = good workers who actually love their jobs and are productive. What is SO hard to understand about the that.....❓But, somehow, I believe it will NEVER change as long as you have hungry consumers, greedy CEOs and shareholders where $$$$$ ONLY matters. There is NO stop to the greed - it like a black hole - endless pit. REALLY REALLY sad.
Rude Hace un día
Thanks Jon for saying it.
Max B. Chorney
Max B. Chorney Hace un día
*Gives the credit for the Amazon wage increase to Amazon itself instead of Bernie Sanders's "STOPBEZOS" Act.*
Caroline Cooke
Caroline Cooke Hace un día
*Fuck you, Amazon*
Gene Stewart
Gene Stewart Hace un día
Good thing the North won the Civil War against Slavery, huh? / When shooting a movie, they cluster the scenes to make filming more efficient. They could do this with the warehouse 'pickers'. They could also station people in each aisle. But ... slavery.
Astro Wolvez
Astro Wolvez Hace un día
I don't know, after a while you'll grt cabin fever and that is never fun.
anug14 Hace 2 días
Amazon is probably creating robots to do this work in 5 to 7 years
Baresh Hace 3 días
They want people like Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) in Castaway to push others to deliver as fast as possible but without crashing into bear repellents (or have their planes crash).
Laurie Huntley
Laurie Huntley Hace 3 días
I think a few Comedians should start SHOWING THE MOVIE...” IDIOCRACY” Clips whenever they talk about the Insanity of this ⁉️
Jason Coughenour
Jason Coughenour Hace 3 días
I think amazon sucks anyway. Most of the products besides what you can just get at wal mart or best buy are junk.
Christopher Callen [Thorpe ES]
Christopher Callen [Thorpe ES] Hace 3 días
Jeff Bezos looks like a Bond Villain.
Christopher Callen [Thorpe ES]
Christopher Callen [Thorpe ES] Hace 3 días
You would think there would be a computer program they could use to cut down on steps in the wrong direction. Or orders being passed onto someone else in that area.
Igor Dasunddas
Igor Dasunddas Hace 3 días
I wonder how Bezos and shit like him would end up if everyone had the money and brains to be smart enough to have jobs where they can choose their employer.... friggin hate how people must be kept poor and dumb just so there actually is someone down the ladder the supposedly smarter and especially richer people can shit on. I guess in that case we'd have 100% robots working in the warehouse.
captain Rockatron
captain Rockatron Hace 3 días
Perhaps bezos needs multiple cans of bear repellent! (Not just the spray, but also have the empty cans shoved up his nose!)
Denis Spirin
Denis Spirin Hace 3 días
Thank you for an interactive guide to Amazon warehouses!
Isaac Stout
Isaac Stout Hace 3 días
Early in the show.. these people are obviously out of shape or ya know.. old..? The problem isn't the job where they have to WALK a long ways it's the people who read the job requirements and say yup I can do that, and then complain when its hard. Another thing, the people having problems with their scanning rates are people that can't keep up with the standards across THE ENTIRE company. So, I see some minorities complaining that they cant meet the average or even baseline requirements that literally everyone else has to meet. They should be fired, probably lucky they get so many warnings. If it was an unapproachable standard they wouldn't have so many employees. Quick search says there are 125,000 in these fulfillment centers.. pretty much 125,000 meeting the standards, damn.(Vox)
Isaac Stout
Isaac Stout Hace un hora
@Juan JuriAre you referring to the heavy steel toe boots I had to walk around in all day? I've never licked them but I imagine it doesn't taste very good.
Isaac Stout
Isaac Stout Hace un hora
@Dan Moyer I know what it's like. I know there are people definitely not fit for the job who try to do it, i've seen it. FedEx was nice and put some on appropriate positions, you can't accommodate everyone though.
Isaac Stout
Isaac Stout Hace un hora
@Dan Moyer I've worked at FedEx Ground moving boxes and an AutoZone Warehouse sorting goods walking throughout the whole Warehouse. Same or similar job, either the moving requirements or the walking requirement.
Juan Juri
Juan Juri Hace 7 horas
Tell me Isaac, how does that boot taste?
Dan Moyer
Dan Moyer Hace 2 días
Tell me Isaac, have you ever worked in an Amazon warehouse? No? Then shut the fuck up!!!
danyl barbour
danyl barbour Hace 4 días
what people dont seam to understand that company are prone tword fashisam when you hold no value tword humans this is wat happens becos of automation you are now obsolete Panzerlied eswomen.com/id/v%C3%ADdeo-i-n8YW1rrxI.html
Kevin Logue
Kevin Logue Hace 4 días
interesting how oliver missed to mention that BERNIE SANDERS made sure amazon paid their worker $15 an hours.. INTERESTING..
EDDIE LEAL Hace 4 días
Amazon employees may be asked to wear depends. lol! Unbelievable slave drivers!
Cpt. Crunch
Cpt. Crunch Hace 4 días
I work on an oil rig in -30 degree weather and I'd rather be here for $15 an hour than at Amazon. I'm in the freakin woods and I get treated more humanely.
steve cortez
steve cortez Hace 4 días
Ha🤣 most of us r high, or buzz frm drink,,,,,the younger cats r on fukin pills😔...😶 l snorted cocaine with the manager 🤗 hey Jerry Go×le>
bigboss1118 Hace 4 días
They should try working in the oilfield
Grim Reaper
Grim Reaper Hace 4 días
Slavery at it's finest
TE BE Hace 4 días
Harlan Hamakawa
Harlan Hamakawa Hace 4 días
John Oliver and Last Week Tonight is in a good position to shed a critical light at some democratic presidential candidates and their platforms. One in particular. If you know your audience. You don't have to endorse or dismiss him, but there's a solid proposal backed by studies and research for a progressive step. Please don't miss your shot
Jason Ashby
Jason Ashby Hace 5 días
Fuck you, Bezos.
Karma Hace 5 días
I have NEVER used Amazon nor do I plan to. 👎
iohannesfactotum Hace 5 días
America stil got slaves
david liu
david liu Hace 5 días
Thank god when I was working in a warehouse it was a union shop
Alexandre Vong
Alexandre Vong Hace 5 días
Oh, so now we are back into industrial age where people are treated like machines.
MightiestArm Hace 5 días
I literally did a spit-take when he said "no fuck you!"
Robert Vysther
Robert Vysther Hace 5 días
After this report, I am glad they weren't allowed into New York. Working their associates to death and injury is not a good selling point. Trust me, the turnover rate is enormous.
K K Hace 5 días
The only way I can see to deploy this much financial resource is by converting my Amazon winnings into space travel" Mofo is thinking about apocalypse and how to run away in case the world ends. He only thinks about himself. He is a demon.
Emily Delamar
Emily Delamar Hace 6 días
For usual stuff I never use amazon because the shipment is so expensive. But for some things... I have tried buying Series 7 of Call the midwife in 3 shops in London, in the end I got it delivered to my hotel... Or go and find a Niffler figure in the city. You probably won't.
Dávid Danos
Dávid Danos Hace 6 días
I want an internet browser that was built upon the boycott. Like it would show a virtual picket line, temporarily blocking websites like amazon, nestlé and more you can add.
Who?????? Hace 6 días
i just got hired by a wearhouse lets pray i dont fucking die
Shim Novak
Shim Novak Hace 6 días
Oh my god, what can we do
Swatino Hace 6 días
So here's the thing. We all know everything is going to be robots right? Robots should be the ones doing such menial and repetitive tasks as they will do them more efficiently and without injury. But, people still need jobs. So why not pay the humans to become product testers and experts on those products. Better yet, just pay everyone a universal living wage to go off and use their time to innovate and pursue their passions. Wouldn't this only accelerate human potential, invention, and creativity? I mean sure, there will be some people who end up doing very little, but think of those that would create and invent? People whose potential is currently wasted on menial work to simply get by. People whose mental exhaustion of having to do something that they wouldn't otherwise do, only diminishes their chances of being entrepreneurial. Think of the creative potential to build things more effectively, how grow better food, how to heal diseases. An economy of learning, invention, and self-driven passion. Doesn't that at least sound like better capitalism to you? An economy where we could actually be able to talk about meritocracy in a meaningful way, rather than in a context of inherited privilege which is not based on merit at all. :P
the real Jack Myers
the real Jack Myers Hace 6 días
I obsessed all over a customer, and hugged the package, too.
Jeevan Chhetri
Jeevan Chhetri Hace 6 días
It's 1 bull buck for winning the power hour in my warehouse. 10$ gift card is way better bro. There are still some stupid employees in my warehouse who go for that bull buck. What a waste!!!!
Algernop Krieger
Algernop Krieger Hace 6 días
"people walking tens of miles a day... backbreaking, exhausting work" - laughs in Infantry.
Chickenwing Crossface
Chickenwing Crossface Hace 6 días
JLUROCK Hace 6 días
Capitalism: (offers the option to buy cheap stuff from less great employers or pricier stuff from better employers) Consumers: We chose to keep buying from the cheapest companies, even though we know their employees probably don't work in the best conditions. It must be capitalism's fault that we chose that option over and over again. Capitalism: Are you all stupid? -_-
Kane Van Ee
Kane Van Ee Hace 6 días
This amount of labour is nothing in comparison to working in a kitchen and yet no one is talking about that. Enjoy your cheap, fast food built on blood sweat and tears. At least they have a lunch break.
Green Mean
Green Mean Hace 6 días
Why did that bear have balls in the bear war photo😭
Durka Durka
Durka Durka Hace 5 días
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