TikToks show workers stuck at Amazon warehouses during outages

An outage of Amazon’s cloud computing system shut down work at its warehouses on Tuesday, leaving employees with nothing to do but spend time.

The outage also caused disruptions for other tech giants using Amazon’s services, including Netflix, Coinbase, and Slack.

But while some Americans sit at home trying to remember the old ways of entertaining and exchanging currency, Amazon workers are stuck in the warehouses where they usually work.

One TikTok shows employees standing around, scrolling on phones and eating snacks as Roddy Ricch’s “The Box” plays over the loudspeaker.

“They really did [us] had a meeting to show us this song,” the caption read.

In another TikTok, an employee waits on boxes and watches over workers playing a makeshift game with a baseball and crate.

The person who posted the post in a comment replied: “No complaints at all 🤟.

A reddit user on the Amazon worker subsite called a power outage a “humanized” experience.

“Have talked to and know the names of many people I have worked with for the first time since I started working eight months ago,” they said.

However, not all workers are able to take a break during the shutdown. An employee wrote on subreddit that they are not allowed to use the phone or even sit down.

“Wtf do [you] want us to rotate the thumb? ” They write.

A TikTok titled with four broken heart emojis shows workers scraping labels off a table.

Decisions about whether to send workers home appear to happen on a warehouse-by-warehouse basis, with some employees offering the option of unpaid leave and others forced to stay.

The outage comes a week after the National Labor Relations Board ordered a revised report at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama, where a union failed earlier this year. Amazon’s opposition to the effort prompted the board to call for amendments.

This week’s top tech story

* First published: December 8, 2021, 10:20 a.m. CST

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