young man in Amazon warehouse with caption 'i shoulda known i was getting myself into some hard work when i started at amazon..these mfs got group stretches before our shift' (l&r) amazon warehouse (c)

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‘TF am I stretching at work for?’: Amazon warehouse worker says workers stretch as group before shift, sparking debate

'My shoulder still hurts and I haven’t worked there since 2020.'

 

Braden Bjella

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Posted on Aug 16, 2022   Updated on Aug 16, 2022, 8:27 am CDT

This week, a Twitter post purporting to show an Amazon-mandated “Positive Affirmation” break went viral.

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Posted by user Connor Spence, the image shows a computer screen listing several positive affirmations. On the top, a timer counts down from 30 seconds; on the bottom, clip art shows two Amazon packages being sorted.

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“Dystopian is an understatement,” wrote one user in response.

“They also frequently told me ‘Find some time in your day to go outside, and enjoy the sun and nature,’” recalled a second. “They scheduled me from 7 AM to 5 PM. Sun-up to sun-down.”

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Even mindfulness author and former Democratic presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson got in on the action, writing, “Genuinely dystopian use of affirmations. And I *write* that kind of stuff!”

Now, another post about Amazon has gone viral, this time on TikTok.

In a video with over 1.5 million views, user @ayjaytee says that his job at an Amazon warehouse encouraged him to participate in a group stretch before work.

@ayjaytee tf am i stretching at work for 🤨 #fypシ #relatable #amazon #viral #blowthisup #blowthisup ♬ original sound – Tik Toker
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“I shoulda known i was getting myself into some hard work when i started at amazon,” he wrote in the text overlaying the video. “These mfs got group stretches before our shift.”

“Tf am i stretching at work for,” he added in the caption.

In the comments section, users recounted their alleged experience with the physical labor of working in an Amazon warehouse.

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“My feet was so mfin sore. & the breaks were more like 5mins,” claimed a commenter. “I only worked for two days.”

“My shoulder still hurts and I haven’t worked there since 2020,” stated a second.

“I literally had quit on my second day,” a further user added. “You built different if you work there.”

“I’ve never ever ever had a job make my feet hurt so bad,” a fourth explained. “I legit couldn’t stand at the end of my 12hr shift.”

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Many others claimed that Amazon warehouses sell pain medication in their vending machines, an idea seemingly backed up by a 2019 article in the New Yorker that describes “employees lin[ing] up at vending machines that dispense free over-the-counter painkillers.”

The aforementioned strenuous labor may be one of the reasons why a study from earlier in the year found that “Amazon warehouse workers in the U.S. suffered serious injuries at twice the rate of rival companies in 2021,” per CNBC.

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We’ve reached out to Amazon via email and @ayjaytee via Instagram direct message.


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*First Published: Aug 16, 2022, 8:26 am CDT