The Daily Populous

Monday April 16th, 2018 evening edition

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Amazon warehouse workers have to pee into bottles because they are too scared of missing their targets if they walk to the bathroom.

Author James Bloodworth went undercover at an Amazon fulfilment centre in Staffordshire and said staff feared being disciplined for "idle time.".

A survey of Amazon workers released on Monday found those who reported feeling sick — even through pregnancy — were penalised for not turning up or taking breaks.

Amazon is famous for tracking how fast its warehouse workers can pick and package items from its shelves, imposing strictly timed breaks and targets.

A survey of Amazon workers, released on Monday, found almost three-quarters of fulfilment centre staff are afraid of using the toilet in case they miss their targets.

The survey, compiled by worker campaign platform Organise, also found that workers felt considerably more anxious after joining Amazon.

"Amazon provides a safe and positive workplace for thousands of people across the UK with competitive pay and benefits from day one. »

Lost dog found safe after eluding 1000 searchers and a helicopter for nine days

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If Benny the beagle could talk he would have a great story to tell, it could even make a great Walt Disney movie.

Despite only being a few hundred metres from where he went missing, he somehow escaped the attention of 1000 searchers and a helicopter with specialist thermal imaging gear.

Matt Newman-Hall estimated that in the nine days Benny was missing, 1000 people had helped with the search. »

John Oliver Bought Russell Crowe's Jockstrap for Alaska's Last Blockbuster Video

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Also purchased were a hood Crowe wore in 'Robin Hood' and a vest he wore in 'Les Miserables,' among other items.

John Oliver on Sunday revealed that his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, did indeed buy the jockstrap Russell Crowe wore in Cinderella Man during the actor's recent divorce auction.

Before he revealed that his show bought the jockstrap, Oliver did a short piece on the news that all but one of the few remaining Blockbuster videos in the country — specifically in Alaska — recently closed. »

R. Lee Ermey, aka 'The Gunny,' has passed away

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On Sunday, R. Lee Ermey’s long-time manager informed the world that a little after 6:30 p.m. EST, the beloved R. Lee Ermey “The Gunny” passed away Sunday morning due to complications from pneumonia.

This is a statement from R. Lee Ermey’s long-time manager, Bill Rogin:.

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. »

Undercover author finds Amazon warehouse workers in UK 'peed in bottles' over fears of being punished for taking a break

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Amazon said it didn't recognize the allegations as an accurate portrayal of its warehouse working conditions.

The author James Bloodworth went undercover at an Amazon warehouse in Staffordshire, UK, for a book on low wages in Britain.

Amazon said it didn't time workers' toilet breaks and set its performance targets based on previous worker performance. »