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Amazon denies stories of workers peeing in bottles, receives a flood of evidence in return

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Amazon is trying a new tactic in its endless PR battle against stories of its exhausting and exploitative working conditions: outright denial. It’s not working.
When replying to a tweet from Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) complaining about the company’s union-busting tactics and the fact that some of its workers are forced to “urinate in water bottles,” Amazon’s official Twitter account responded: “You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us.”
But people do believe these stories and for a very simple reason: there are numerous accounts of it happening, documented by employees and journalists around the world.
Indeed, after Amazon sent out its ill-judged tweet, reporters who cover the…

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