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Amazon finally acknowledges delivery driver bathroom problem

Amazon acknowledged Friday that it has a loo-ming problem.

The web giant fessed up that its delivery drivers have limited access to bathrooms, meaning that accusations of them urinating in bottles or elsewhere in public are likely to be true.

“We know that drivers can and do have trouble finding restrooms because of traffic or sometimes rural routes,” the online retail giant posted on its AboutAmazon portal. “And this has been especially the case during Covid when many public restrooms have been closed.”

The admission comes following a Twitter spat with Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) last month in which the congressman accused Amazon of being a union-busting operation that will “make workers urinate in water bottles.”

Amazon originally denied the claim.

“You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you?” the company responded on Twitter. “If that were true, nobody would work for us.”

Amazon’s mea culpa admits that the original response was wrong.

“It did not contemplate our large driver population and instead wrongly focused only on our fulfillment centers.”

A driver wears a protective mask while traveling in an Amazon.com Inc. delivery truck in New Rochelle, New York on March 12, 2020.
A driver wears a protective mask while traveling in an Amazon delivery truck in New Rochelle, New York, on March 12, 2020.
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But, the company added: “This is a long-standing, industry-wide issue and is not specific to Amazon.”

No word yet on how Amazon will solve the problem, other than to report “[we] will look for solutions.”

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