Amazon’s Dead Baby Incident

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Amazon’s Dead Baby Incident

Tyler Kieft, Staff Writer

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Amazon.com, Inc. is the biggest company on the Internet and the most valuable public company in the world, even topping Apple and Alphabet Inc. (Google). Known best for their focus on technology and the online market, it’s hard to be an Internet user who is unaware of the company’s presence. With such a widely accepted reputation in public circles, incidents surrounding the business are of the most importance.

In fact, there of have been many controversies surrounding counterfeit items, working conditions, sales tax, etc. before, but nothing like that which happened on January 16, 2019.

On Wednesday night, the Phoenix Police and Fire Department responded to a call claiming that there was, “a deceased infant in the women’s restroom” located at an Amazon distribution center. Found in a trash can at the facility, this sparked investigation and much controversy from the public who wanted to know who was responsible for the actions and why they would do such a thing.

Unlike any sort of economic issue, the company faced before and sure to steer the problem away from their business, an Amazon spokeswoman said in a statement that the case was a “personal medical event.”

In her statement she said, “This is a terribly sad and tragic incident. We are working with local authorities to support their investigation. The safety and wellness of our team is our top priority.”

The Phoenix Police Department also came out after the investigation began, announcing that the mother of the infant was found and was spoken to by authorities, the identity and her position at Amazon still being concealed. The gender of the baby, which was highly asked after, was also revealed to be female.

Other than that information, nothing has been updated involving the incident, the cause of death, the mother’s identity, or the purpose of her actions.

Many have taken interest in the way that Amazon responds to this controversy compared to their others. When faced with criticism for the pay and work quality of their workers, the responses are typically denials and claims that it’s not their “policy or practice” and that “if we were to become aware of anything like that, we would take swift action to correct it.”

Unlike the baby controversy, where the company took notice of it immediately and tried to get information for the public, when faced with economic questions, rejection of accusations is usual. It’s something interesting to think about when looking at the goals of the company, with a greater focus on making money and keeping customers than providing proper care to their employees in need.