Warehouses: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
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  • Nasir Mohamed
    Nasir Mohamed

    If you want to talk about unnecessary purchases: 11:03 is where it's at

  • Jim Logan
    Jim Logan

    Oh Boohoo. Don't like your job? Quit.

  • Geoff Thachuk
    Geoff Thachuk

    Distribution Centers the cure for obesity? How far does a postal worker walk in a day doing door to door?

  • Zoe Mosaic
    Zoe Mosaic

    That guy in his early 20s looks more like 30s

  • Wolf Michael Gerhäusser
    Wolf Michael Gerhäusser

    Rob Hart "The Store", read it, it is THIS!

  • ASMR TexanLatinWhisper
    ASMR TexanLatinWhisper

    Amazon I will only buy something from you if you promise to deliver it 14 days later as it should be. I do not want my shit right away, let me enjoy the feeling of expecting something in the mail again.

  • kiwii.bomber

    As someone who works loading/unloading Walmart trucks, I have NEVER seen those yellow steps.

  • Joey St. Andrew
    Joey St. Andrew

    People have a choice where they work lol.

  • xpress onex
    xpress onex

    Call centres on Steroids ...

  • Garret Anderson
    Garret Anderson

    I hate this guy

  • austin harper
    austin harper

    I work at a Walmart Import center and the trucks are usually 120+ degrees

  • Samuraisahsah

    So, is it just me or does anyone else think the “Glad I went to college” guy sounds eerily like Jeff Goldblum??

  • rj smith
    rj smith

    Amazon needs to initiate a "zone defense" where workers are assigned to a particular area and all orders for that area are directed to them, instead of having workers walk all over the place. Would save time and effort.

  • Matt561

    Some people say a man is made out of mud

  • Ember Reed
    Ember Reed

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Walking back and forth in the warehouse to pick items seems wildly inefficient to me. Surely there is a better way to do things?

    • Sun E
      Sun E

      Yeah, like hiring more people. It's been answered in the video. It's not a question of if the stupid CEO can, it's a question of if he wants to. Clearly he doesn't want to.

  • Maxphyspage

    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

      not even a boomer, already a bootlicker

  • bob marley
    bob marley

    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

    Please sir, may I pee some more.

  • digital/vibes

    After watching this episode, I have started to choose delayed shipping times on Amazon. Feel bad for the poor workers.

  • Jj Jones
    Jj Jones

    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

    Im starting to think the movie Elysium is more of a documentary than a sci-fi flick...

  • Falcorian Sabbat
    Falcorian Sabbat

    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

    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

    Why the fuck does he feel the need to joke with MJ each chance he gets? Not cool.

  • 1Cabieles

    this could have been 1000 better with ryan reynolds voice

  • U Gone Need A Drank
    U Gone Need A Drank

    Stop doing the mountain of cocaine at work and better yourself warehouse workers! We see you tweeking at amazon.com

  • Blackfalk

    Jeff Bezos is hispanic right?

  • Blitz Regen
    Blitz Regen

    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

    You need to fix the subtitles man

  • Jeremiah Bayles
    Jeremiah Bayles

    I don't think I'm alone in thinking the bear spray wasn't an accident...

  • trenoops

    Treating people like robots, Robot means slave. Slaves worked from sun up to sun down, did they get bathroom breaks?

  • Staples

    Fuck everything about this.

  • Yes I know. I'm Gay. Thanks for noticing
    Yes I know. I'm Gay. Thanks for noticing

    This is why I ONLY buy things online if I absolutely have to. Things aren't THAT much cheaper

  • joeydelrio

    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

    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

    Thanks Jon for saying it.

  • Max B. Chorney
    Max B. Chorney

    *Gives the credit for the Amazon wage increase to Amazon itself instead of Bernie Sanders's "STOPBEZOS" Act.*

  • Caroline Cooke
    Caroline Cooke

    *Fuck you, Amazon*

  • Gene Stewart
    Gene Stewart

    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

    I don't know, after a while you'll grt cabin fever and that is never fun.

  • anug14

    Amazon is probably creating robots to do this work in 5 to 7 years

  • Baresh

    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

    I think a few Comedians should start SHOWING THE MOVIE...” IDIOCRACY” Clips whenever they talk about the Insanity of this ⁉️

  • Jason Coughenour
    Jason Coughenour

    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]

    Jeff Bezos looks like a Bond Villain.

  • Christopher Callen [Thorpe ES]
    Christopher Callen [Thorpe ES]

    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

    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

    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

    Thank you for an interactive guide to Amazon warehouses!

  • Isaac Stout
    Isaac Stout

    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

      @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

      @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

      @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

      Tell me Isaac, how does that boot taste?

    • Dan Moyer
      Dan Moyer

      Tell me Isaac, have you ever worked in an Amazon warehouse? No? Then shut the fuck up!!!

  • danyl barbour
    danyl barbour

    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 it-my.com/watchvideo/video-i-n8YW1rrxI.html

  • Kevin Logue
    Kevin Logue

    interesting how oliver missed to mention that BERNIE SANDERS made sure amazon paid their worker $15 an hours.. INTERESTING..


    Amazon employees may be asked to wear depends. lol! Unbelievable slave drivers!

  • Cpt. Crunch
    Cpt. Crunch

    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

    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

    They should try working in the oilfield

  • Grim Reaper
    Grim Reaper

    Slavery at it's finest

  • TE BE
    TE BE


  • Harlan Hamakawa
    Harlan Hamakawa

    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

    Fuck you, Bezos.

  • Karma

    I have NEVER used Amazon nor do I plan to. 👎

  • iohannesfactotum

    America stil got slaves

  • david liu
    david liu

    Thank god when I was working in a warehouse it was a union shop

  • Alexandre Vong
    Alexandre Vong

    Oh, so now we are back into industrial age where people are treated like machines.

  • MightiestArm

    I literally did a spit-take when he said "no fuck you!"

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