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A former Amazon worker is charged with stealing $100,000 worth of merchandise from Amazon warehouses, authorities say.

The Coweta County Sheriff's Office charged Markece Ryans with stealing $30,000 worth of electronics, including Apple laptops and iPhones, from a metro Atlanta Amazon warehouse, according to WSBTV.

The 28-year-old man was arrested in Alabama, and will be extradited to Georgia, Fox 5 News reports.

Ryans is believed to have stolen $28,000 worth of items from an Amazon warehouse in Mississippi, as well as $15,000 worth of merchandise from a warehouse in Huntsville, Alabama.

In total, he's accused of stealing over $100,000 worth of merchandise from Amazon distribution centers in the Southeast, investigators say.

Investigators believe that's just the tip of the iceberg and there may be more warehouses that Ryans allegedly stole items from.

The sheriff's office released surveillance video that shows Ryans loading stolen items into bins on a cart and then pushing the cart to a car outside the big warehouse in Coweta County.

An investigator said Ryans knew his way around the big building in metro Atlanta, and was able to get in, and get out quickly. He's accused of stealing thousands of dollars' worth of Apple products and other electronics.

Ryans may have sold the items to friends or on the Internet for a five-finger discount.

Ryans was booked into the Coweta county Jail on 2nd-degree burglary and theft by taking charges.

Investigators say the Amazon distribution center in Newnan, Georgia has tightened security to prevent similar incidents.

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American corporations have cut their sick leave policies for asymptomatic workers who abuse the COVID sick leave policy.

Millions of asymptomatic Americans stood in lines for hours to get tested during the holidays. They then requested 10 days of paid sick leave despite having no COVID symptoms.

PCR tests have been criticized for returning false positive results for people who have the common cold or flu.

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The epidemic of testing caused severe staff shortages in every industry over the holidays.
Major corporations complained to the CDC, which reduced the quarantine time from 10 days to just 5.

Corporations such as Amazon and Walmart followed suit by cutting sick pay to 40 hours.

Furniture retailer IKEA went one step further and cut sick pay to zero for unvaccinated employees who test positive and self isolate even though they have no symptoms.

The company announced the new policy will apply only to unvaccinated employees with "high levels of absence."

IKEA already offers workers paid leave to go get vaccinated.

In London, PCR tests are banned for people who have no Covid-19 symptoms.

Oncology professor Angus Dalgleish of St George's Hospital, University of London says British people have become obsessed with taking COVID tests.

Dagleish said "hundreds of thousands of British businesses are now being crippled because of a mania over checking people for an infection that they may have no symptoms for."

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Amazon's gender recognition system identified former First Lady Michelle Obama and tennis superstar Serena Williams as male.

According to MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini, Amazon's response was that the software is not "facial recognition, it's gender recognition" -- as if that makes it acceptable to identify women as male.

Both Michelle and Serena are genetically and biologically female, but they have been plagued by vicious rumors that they are men.

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It doesn't help that Amazon's gender recognition software also identifies them as the male gender.

While "gender" and "sex" are often substituted for the other, their meanings are different. According to Dictionary.com, sex is "a label assigned at birth based on the reproductive organs you're born with."

"Gender includes a person's perception, understanding, and experience of themselves and roles in society... their inner sense about who they're meant to be and how they want to interact with the world."

However, both Michelle and Serena interact with the world as biological women.

Critics complain that Amazon's system shows gender and racial bias, and recent studies have confirmed that bias.

Studies led by Buolamwini found huge racial and gender bias in the facial recognition software.

Protests across the United States prompted Amazon to suspend police use of its software in 2020.

After some tweaking, the ban was lifted by Amazon, saying it hoped Congress would pass a law to ensure ethical use of the gender recognition technology. However, no such law has been passed, according to Fox Business.

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A dangerous TikTok challenge was quickly shut down by Amazon before it could lead to serious injuries or death.

According to the BBC, Amazon was made aware of the penny challenge on TikTok after its smart home device, Alexa, allegedly instructed a 10-year-old girl to perform the dangerous stunt.

On December 28, Alexa challenged the girl to "Plugin a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet, then touch a penny to the exposed prongs."

The parents of the girl came forward and reported the dangerous instruction to Amazon after the girl nearly burned their house down.

Amazon acted quickly to delete the information from Alexa's memory banks.
 
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The BBC reports Amazon issued a statement admitting an "error" caused Alexa to find the dangerous challenge online and pass it on to the child. The company said Alexa will not repeat that mistake in the future.

"Customer trust is at the centre of everything we do and Alexa is designed to provide accurate, relevant, and helpful information to customers. As soon as we became aware of this error, we took swift action to fix it."

The penny challenge first became popular in 2019 on YouTube and eventually made its way to TikTok in 2020.

The New York Post spoke to Massachusetts Fire Marshall Peter J. Ostroskey who said the penny challenge can cause "sparks, electrical system damage, and in some cases fire."

He advised "local news outlets, school officials, and parent organizations" to "not only look for signs of fire play like scorched outlets but to have conversations about fire and electrical safety with tweens and teenagers."

Children who are fixated on starting fires are severely emotionally disturbed and should be seen by a mental health professional as soon as possible.

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The fired Amazon driver who was seen in a viral video sneaking a woman out of his delivery truck finally explains what happened.

In a video call with TMZ, Tywan George confirmed that the woman captured on surveillance video was a working girl.

"It ain't nothing like I know her personally, you know what I'm sayin'?" he told TMZ.

Tywan said rent is high in the Tampa, Florida area, and the young lady was doing what she had to do to "make ends meet."

The viral surveillance footage, uploaded to TikTok by user @patrickhook01, shows the barefoot, scantily-clad woman slipping out the backdoor of an Amazon Prime delivery truck last month.

Tywan says he knew he would probably be fired because Amazon has strict policies against unauthorized people in delivery vehicles.

"There was no packages reported missing - nothing was reported stolen, you know what I'm saying? It was just the incident just went viral, you know what I'm saying? That's pretty much what cost me my job."

With nothing to lose, Tywan admitted he did what any other red-blooded American male in his situation would do.

"Honestly, I just look at it like it is what it is now, you feel me?"

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In a second video, Tywan is seen rapping and dancing in his delivery truck.

Watch the videos below.


 

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Remember the Amazon driver who gave a scantily clad woman a lift in his van? According to published reports, he is currently unemployed.

The Florida Amazon Prime driver was caught on cell phone video letting the woman out of the backdoor of his van on a side street.

The woman, who appeared to be barefoot, was seen adjusting her dress as she strolled away from the van.

The video was first uploaded to TikTok where it generated over 12 million views since last weekend, according to the NY Post.

The video sparked rampant speculation on all social media platforms. Many wondered if the driver was only giving the woman a lift.

While others joked that he was giving her a ride she would never forget.

Despite the humor behind the clip, Amazon bosses didn't find the viral video funny at all.

According to TMZ, the driver was quickly identified and fired for allowing unauthorized passengers into the van.

"This does not reflect the high standards we have for our Delivery Service Partners and their drivers," a rep for the company told TMZ.

"Allowing unauthorized passengers to enter delivery vehicles is a violation of Amazon policy, and the driver is no longer delivering packages to Amazon customers."

 

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A cell phone video that shows an Amazon driver apparently giving a friend a lift home in his delivery truck has gone viral on social media.

The video shows a woman wearing a black cocktail dress exiting the back of an Amazon truck while the driver holds the door for her.

The video is straight forward, but speculation has run rampant on social media that the driver was not delivering a package to the woman.

According to one Twitter user, the Amazon driver was simply giving an acquaintance a ride home.

The Twitter user said the driver was being unfairly judged by Twitter users who were jumping to conclusions.

Others shared their concerns for the driver's job in these challenging times. Some said he might get fired for being a Good Samaritan.

The video was originally posted to TikTok by user @patrickhook01 who gave no context to what was happening in the video.

One Twitter user wrote:

"You can't get away with anything in this century with all the technology lmao. Dude is definitely getting questioned or getting fired."

 

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Employee working conditions are reportedly so demanding at Amazon that some delivery drivers are forced to pee in bottles.

The working conditions and physical demands of the job don't leave much time for bathroom breaks or rest periods, according to driver complaints.

Amazon CEO Dave Clark welcomed Sen. Bernie Sanders' upcoming visit to an Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama on Friday, March 26, where employees will vote on whether to form a union.

"...if you want to hear about $15 an hour and health care, Senator Sanders will be speaking downtown. But if you would like to make at least $15 an hour and have good health care, Amazon is hiring," Clark tweeted.

But Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democratic congressman from Wisconsin, criticized Clark.

"Paying workers $15 [an] hour doesn't make you a 'progressive workplace' when you union-bust [and] make workers urinate in water bottles," Pocan said on Wednesday night.

Clark hopped into the comments on Twitter and denied "the peeing in bottles thing."

"You don't really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us."

But an Amazon driver responded in the comments by posting a photo of urine-filled bottles.

"We're pressured to get these routes done before night time and having to find a restroom would mean driving an extra 10 minutes off path to find one," an Amazon delivery driver told Motherboard. "Ten to fifteen minutes to find a bathroom can add up, meaning 20 to 30 minutes there and back all together."

Another Amazon driver in Florida confirmed:

"All the guys do it... The best drivers get overtime so there's incentive to cut corners. The most productive drivers get rewarded the most hours."

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Amazon has resisted calls to ban "Blue Lives Murder" merchandise from its website. Amazon says it has a policy against the sale of "offensive and controversial materials," but the "Blue Lives Murder" merchandise is still for sale.

"Blue Lives Murder" t-shirts depicts a law enforcement officer clubbing people with his nightstick. The merchandise enraged law enforcement officials who say they are canceling their Amazon Prime subscriptions.

According to SaraCarter.com, the following email exchange between an Amazon employee and a customer was posted on Facebook.com:

The customer service response: "Let me check. We stand in solidarity with our Black employees, customers, and communities, and are committed to helping build a country and world where everyone can live with dignity and free from fear. As a part of that effort, Amazon will donate a total of $10 million to organizations that are working to bring about social justice and improve the lives of Black and African Americans. For more information, please visit the Amazon Day One blog."

Customer: "Okay, so I'm going to take that as you don't support our law enforcement. Thanks for letting me know. I'll be sure to spread the world."

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The government stepped in after two Tennessee brothers were accused of attempting to sell 17,000 bottles of hand sanitizer for $70 each during the coronavirus outbreak.

Matt and Noah Colvin thought they would make a killing when they attempted to sell 17,000 bottles for $70 each on Amazon.com. But Amazon blocked the sale, and the brothers were stuck with 17,000 bottles that they couldn't unload.

The Colvin brothers bragged that they were making "crazy money" online. They told reporters they drove 1,000 miles all over Kentucky and Tennessee buying bottles of hand sanitizer and other anti-viral products to take advantage of the pandemic.

The government asses stiff fines and jail time to lawbreakers who enrich themselves through price gouging during shortages.

After the government stepped in and opened an investigation into price gouging, the brothers quickly donated the 17,000 bottles.

CrimeOnline.com went to the brothers' storage unit and observed the Tennessee state's attorney's office carting off the bottles and supplies. The AG's office made multiple trips to the storage unit to haul most of the bottles off.

According to NBC3, the brothers donated the remaining bottles to a local church.

Samantha Fisher of the Tennessee Attorney General's office said the brothers still face a hefty fine for price gouging. The fine might wipe out their "crazy" earnings.

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