An Amazon driver says he is quitting his job at the company because he has to finish other drivers’ shifts, and has never received a salary.
Mitchell Racing (@707mitchell) shared a video on TikTok that details the many reasons Amazon is fed up with it after working for more than four years. The video has been viewed nearly 166,000 times as of Thursday.
@707mitchell fuck you amazon I quit. #amazon #amazondriver #amazondelivery #quit #fyp Original Sound – Michelle Racing
In the video, Racing says he started his most recent shift at 9 a.m., and he didn’t land until 4 a.m. the next day, when he recorded TikTok. He says that once he finishes his scheduled shift and gets the allotment of packages, he will have to do the work of other drivers which they have not completed. They claim that drivers hired by Amazon through third parties often give up, leaving extra work to pick up drivers like them.
Racing says he has had a job as an Amazon driver since February 2018, but he still hasn’t received a salary. He has tried to transfer to work at Amazon’s dispatch center, but his manager will not allow him. He says that they want him in the position of driver as he is good at his job.
TikToker cautions others to work for Amazon. He says the job was “fun” when he joined in 2018 because you had lots of help and enough time to deliver and still take a break. But now, his shift includes enough work for two or more people, Racing says. Drivers pick up 600 packages at about 400 stops, he explains.
As a delivery driver, Racing says Amazon gave him a company cell phone that has Amazon Flex, the app they use to deliver packages. They claim that if drivers don’t complete their delivery route as fast as other drivers, the app will kick them out in 12 hours. Racing says Amazon’s Dispatch team sent their assignments to his personal cell phone to ask him to log out of the app.
The next day, he wasn’t able to log back into the app, he says, and he wasn’t paid that overtime the last time he asked him to work an additional six hours.
“I have to go back to work in five hours and do it all over again, but you know what? No,” Razing says in the video. “I did a lot. I’m not doing this anymore, Amazon, I quit. You have abused me for a very long time. I’m not going to take it anymore.”
He claims that the company wants to keep him in the same role, without promoting him to overwork him.
“Amazon, pay your employees, pay us fair wages, give us fair hours,” Racing says in his video addressing the company. “Don’t abuse us like this. You will have no employees and no fucking company. ,
At the end of his video, Racing says he is tired of being forced to skip breaks for a job and “pee in bottles”, which doesn’t even help him make ends meet.
The TikTok viewers applauded Racing for quitting his job and convinced him that he would find work elsewhere for a more admirable company.
“Don’t go back! They don’t deserve employees!” One viewer commented.
“Keep your head up. Glad you’re speaking. They don’t deserve you!” Another commented.
Many viewers said Amazon employees should unionize, while others questioned the legitimacy of what Amazon is claiming.
“Yes that is illegal,” said one user.
“Dot violation. Period!” Another user wrote.
The Department of Transportation prohibits drivers carrying property from driving for more than 11 consecutive hours, according to its website. Drivers should also take a 30-minute break if they have driven for eight hours in a row.
Other Amazon employees commented on the video of the racing, saying they were “working to the bone.”
“I worked at Amazon, warehouse. I know what you mean. I [quit] 3 years later. They will work you to the bone (in the warehouse),” said a bystander.
Someone else commented, “I work for Amazon and the stuff we are forced to do is absolutely ridiculous, I get scheduled 4 days a week but my manager told us we have to come. ”
Daily Dot reached out to the creator via TikTok comment and contacted Amazon via email.
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*First published: September 15, 2022, 4:53 pm CDT
Cecilia Lenzen is a journalism student at the University of Texas at Arlington and a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot.