Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who made a trip to space On Tuesday, received backlash on social media after he thanked Amazon workers and customers for making the journey possible.
The aircraft carrying the wealthiest man on the planet, his younger brother Mark, an 82-year-old female pilot, and a high school graduate touched down in the west Texas desert after breaching the boundary of space, the company’s live broadcast showed.
In a video released by Reuters, he is seen saying: “You guys paid for all this."
After his successful flight to the edge of space, billionaire Jeff Bezos thanks Amazon customers and employees at the company he founded, saying ‘you guys paid for all this’ 🚀 https://t.co/rPZa1cIjcJ pic.twitter.com/RkOoH7zIxl— Reuters (@Reuters) July 20, 2021
Many including American politicians like Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pointed out that Bezos is a tax defaulter and does not provide optimal working conditions to his workers in warehouses.
Senator Warren tweeted: “I’m pushing for three changes to our tax laws – a Wealth Tax, a Real Corporate Profits Tax, and long-term funding for the IRS [Internal Revenue Service] to go after wealthy tax cheats – to make billionaires and mega-corporations start paying their fair share."
It's time for Jeff Bezos to take care of business right here on Earth and pay his fair share in taxes.— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 20, 2021
I’m pushing for three changes to our tax laws—a #WealthTax, a Real Corporate Profits Tax, and long-term funding for the IRS to go after wealthy tax cheats—to make billionaires & mega-corporations start paying their fair share.Add your name to join me: https://t.co/XdCf8UDxwx
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 20, 2021
In a sarcastic tweet, Democrat representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said: “Yes, Amazon workers did pay for this - with lower wages, union busting, a frenzied and inhumane workplace, and delivery drivers not having health insurance during a pandemic. And Amazon customers are paying for it with Amazon abusing their market power to hurt small business."
Yes, Amazon workers did pay for this - with lower wages, union busting, a frenzied and inhumane workplace, and delivery drivers not having health insurance during a pandemic.And Amazon customers are paying for it with Amazon abusing their market power to hurt small business. https://t.co/7qMgpe8u0M
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 20, 2021
Showing the real path of empowering workers, Amnesty International tweeted: “Here’s how Jeff Bezos can REALLY show his appreciation for @amazon workers: Let all Amazon workers unionize. Stop placing them under surveillance. Drop exhausting productivity targets. Listen to their health & safety concerns. Respect rights to decent working conditions."
Here's how Jeff Bezos can ✨REALLY✨ show his appreciation for @amazon workers:Let all Amazon workers unionize.Stop placing them under surveillance.Drop exhausting productivity targets.Listen to their health & safety concerns.Respect rights to decent working conditions.
— Amnesty International (@amnesty) July 21, 2021
Giving an idea about Bezos’ wealth, entrepreneur Dan Price said: “Jeff Bezos added $1.745 billion to his net worth since he went to space so he literally could have dumped a billion dollars out of his space ship and still gained more money in the last 36 hours than 23,000 Amazon warehouse workers will make all year combined."