Warehouses: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Published on Jul 1, 2019
  • It’s easy to buy things online, and even easier not to think about how they get to you. John Oliver discusses what happens when you click “buy now.”
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Comments • 18 616

  • Baresh
    Baresh 7 hours ago

    They want people like Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) in Castaway to push others to deliver as fast as possible but without crashing into bear repellents (or have their planes crash).

  • Laurie Huntley
    Laurie Huntley 8 hours ago

    I think a few Comedians should start SHOWING THE MOVIE...” IDIOCRACY” Clips whenever they talk about the Insanity of this ⁉️

  • Jason Coughenour
    Jason Coughenour 9 hours ago

    I think amazon sucks anyway.
    Most of the products besides what you can just get at wal mart or best buy are junk.

  • Christopher Callen [Thorpe ES]

    Jeff Bezos looks like a Bond Villain.

  • Christopher Callen [Thorpe ES]

    You would think there would be a computer program they could use to cut down on steps in the wrong direction. Or orders being passed onto someone else in that area.

  • Igor Dasunddas
    Igor Dasunddas 12 hours ago

    I wonder how Bezos and shit like him would end up if everyone had the money and brains to be smart enough to have jobs where they can choose their employer.... friggin hate how people must be kept poor and dumb just so there actually is someone down the ladder the supposedly smarter and especially richer people can shit on.
    I guess in that case we'd have 100% robots working in the warehouse.

  • captain Rockatron
    captain Rockatron 13 hours ago

    Perhaps bezos needs multiple cans of bear repellent!
    (Not just the spray, but also have the empty cans shoved up his nose!)

  • Denis Spirin
    Denis Spirin Day ago

    Thank you for an interactive guide to Amazon warehouses!

  • Isaac Stout
    Isaac Stout Day ago

    Early in the show.. these people are obviously out of shape or ya know.. old..? The problem isn't the job where they have to WALK a long ways it's the people who read the job requirements and say yup I can do that, and then complain when its hard. Another thing, the people having problems with their scanning rates are people that can't keep up with the standards across THE ENTIRE company. So, I see some minorities complaining that they cant meet the average or even baseline requirements that literally everyone else has to meet. They should be fired, probably lucky they get so many warnings. If it was an unapproachable standard they wouldn't have so many employees. Quick search says there are 125,000 in these fulfillment centers.. pretty much 125,000 meeting the standards, damn.(Vox)

  • danyl barbour
    danyl barbour Day ago

    what people dont seam to understand that company are prone tword fashisam
    when you hold no value tword humans this is wat happens
    becos of automation you are now obsolete

  • Kevin Logue
    Kevin Logue Day ago

    interesting how oliver missed to mention that BERNIE SANDERS made sure amazon paid their worker $15 an hours.. INTERESTING..

    EDDIE LEAL Day ago

    Amazon employees may be asked to wear depends. lol! Unbelievable slave drivers!

  • Cpt. Crunch
    Cpt. Crunch Day ago

    I work on an oil rig in -30 degree weather and I'd rather be here for $15 an hour than at Amazon. I'm in the freakin woods and I get treated more humanely.

  • steve cortez
    steve cortez Day ago

    Ha🤣 most of us r high, or buzz frm drink,,,,,the younger cats r on fukin pills😔...😶 l snorted cocaine with the manager 🤗 hey Jerry Go×le>

  • bigboss1118
    bigboss1118 Day ago

    They should try working in the oilfield

  • Grim Reaper
    Grim Reaper Day ago

    Slavery at it's finest

  • TE BE
    TE BE Day ago


  • Harlan Hamakawa
    Harlan Hamakawa Day ago

    John Oliver and Last Week Tonight is in a good position to shed a critical light at some democratic presidential candidates and their platforms. One in particular. If you know your audience.
    You don't have to endorse or dismiss him, but there's a solid proposal backed by studies and research for a progressive step. Please don't miss your shot

  • Jason Ashby
    Jason Ashby 2 days ago

    Fuck you, Bezos.

  • Karma
    Karma 2 days ago

    I have NEVER used Amazon nor do I plan to. 👎

  • iohannesfactotum
    iohannesfactotum 2 days ago

    America stil got slaves

  • david liu
    david liu 2 days ago

    Thank god when I was working in a warehouse it was a union shop

  • Alexandre Vong
    Alexandre Vong 2 days ago

    Oh, so now we are back into industrial age where people are treated like machines.

  • MightiestArm
    MightiestArm 2 days ago +1

    I literally did a spit-take when he said "no fuck you!"

  • Robert Vysther
    Robert Vysther 2 days ago

    After this report, I am glad they weren't allowed into New York. Working their associates to death and injury is not a good selling point. Trust me, the turnover rate is enormous.

  • K K
    K K 2 days ago

    The only way I can see to deploy this much financial resource is by converting my Amazon winnings into space travel" Mofo is thinking about apocalypse and how to run away in case the world ends. He only thinks about himself. He is a demon.

  • Emily Delamar
    Emily Delamar 3 days ago

    For usual stuff I never use amazon because the shipment is so expensive. But for some things... I have tried buying Series 7 of Call the midwife in 3 shops in London, in the end I got it delivered to my hotel... Or go and find a Niffler figure in the city. You probably won't.

  • Dávid Danos
    Dávid Danos 3 days ago +1

    I want an internet browser that was built upon the boycott. Like it would show a virtual picket line, temporarily blocking websites like amazon, nestlé and more you can add.

  • Who??????
    Who?????? 3 days ago

    i just got hired by a wearhouse lets pray i dont fucking die

  • Shim Novak
    Shim Novak 3 days ago

    Oh my god, what can we do

  • Swatino
    Swatino 3 days ago

    So here's the thing. We all know everything is going to be robots right? Robots should be the ones doing such menial and repetitive tasks as they will do them more efficiently and without injury. But, people still need jobs. So why not pay the humans to become product testers and experts on those products. Better yet, just pay everyone a universal living wage to go off and use their time to innovate and pursue their passions. Wouldn't this only accelerate human potential, invention, and creativity? I mean sure, there will be some people who end up doing very little, but think of those that would create and invent? People whose potential is currently wasted on menial work to simply get by. People whose mental exhaustion of having to do something that they wouldn't otherwise do, only diminishes their chances of being entrepreneurial. Think of the creative potential to build things more effectively, how grow better food, how to heal diseases. An economy of learning, invention, and self-driven passion. Doesn't that at least sound like better capitalism to you? An economy where we could actually be able to talk about meritocracy in a meaningful way, rather than in a context of inherited privilege which is not based on merit at all. :P

  • the real Jack Myers
    the real Jack Myers 3 days ago

    I obsessed all over a customer, and hugged the package, too.

  • Jeevan Chhetri
    Jeevan Chhetri 3 days ago

    It's 1 bull buck for winning the power hour in my warehouse. 10$ gift card is way better bro. There are still some stupid employees in my warehouse who go for that bull buck. What a waste!!!!

  • Algernop Krieger
    Algernop Krieger 3 days ago

    "people walking tens of miles a day... backbreaking, exhausting work" - laughs in Infantry.

  • Chickenwing Crossface

    CONNOR RATLIFF!!!!!!!!!!!

    JLUROCK 3 days ago

    Capitalism: (offers the option to buy cheap stuff from less great employers or pricier stuff from better employers)
    Consumers: We chose to keep buying from the cheapest companies, even though we know their employees probably don't work in the best conditions. It must be capitalism's fault that we chose that option over and over again.
    Capitalism: Are you all stupid? -_-

  • Kane Van Ee
    Kane Van Ee 3 days ago

    This amount of labour is nothing in comparison to working in a kitchen and yet no one is talking about that. Enjoy your cheap, fast food built on blood sweat and tears. At least they have a lunch break.

  • Green Mean
    Green Mean 3 days ago

    Why did that bear have balls in the bear war photo😭

  • John Ellis
    John Ellis 3 days ago

    Xpo sinks

  • They call me Nugget
    They call me Nugget 3 days ago

    Used to think amazon would be a great company to work for. Boy was I wrong.

  • alec hauser
    alec hauser 3 days ago


  • Mahousuke Songfox
    Mahousuke Songfox 3 days ago

    18:12 Look, John, take it from me, that is not a dick. That is clearly a vibrator.

  • Giuseppe Pollicino
    Giuseppe Pollicino 3 days ago

    Amazon should überize its processes so any individual can work when it is profitable and have flexible times. They can simply make it possible to pay for individuals to process their package directly so they can remove minimum wage and cut the cost of their products allowing them to have the edge over Walmart at the same time offset possible internal union activists.

  • Expedition Overlanding Nomadic Adventures

    Bitching about walking as part of your job that's similar to a US mail delivery employee will become unemployed people when a rumba type device moves those same packages without injury-prone walking humans.
    Automated warehouses, that load tractor-trailer, in a warehouse managed by two people. 😏🤨🤓✌️🏾👍🏾 Americans bitching about working, leads to automation.

  • Francesca King
    Francesca King 3 days ago

    That's about what it's like to work in a warehouse.

  • Jonny Tolley
    Jonny Tolley 3 days ago

    15 bucks an hour is chump change if you live in places like California or New York.

  • holly grace
    holly grace 4 days ago

    It's horrifying to me how many young people under 30 are suffering from knee and back pain from these sorts of jobs.

  • Rob Vespa
    Rob Vespa 4 days ago

    It will save us 30 million dollars a year. Here's your 10 cent an hour raise.

  • Rob Vespa
    Rob Vespa 4 days ago

    Thank you, John Oliver and company.

  • MonkeyJedi99
    MonkeyJedi99 4 days ago

    Wow. I thought I worked hard at UPS in the 1980's. I quit at the two month mark when the NON-VOLUNTARY union money started to be taken out. When I asked what the union did for the half-time truck loaders like me, they gave a lot of ums and ahs, and no information. Then they came out with gems like "We make the workplace safe!" I said, "OSHA." ...We make sure there is overtime beyond 40 hours! - State law, and I work 20-25. We make sure that if you work holidays you get a holiday rate! - State Law, next. Well, if you're going to be a smart(quack)… - Bye!

  • Lori Grierson
    Lori Grierson 4 days ago

    Fuck the shareholders

  • MonkeyJedi99
    MonkeyJedi99 4 days ago

    Someone tell that plaid dweeb that humans used to walk tens of miles a day in normal life. That is the activity our DNA selection used to be for, not sitting like I am at a keyboard, getting carpal tunnel and losing my vision.

  • isocuda
    isocuda 4 days ago

    How come OSHA hasn't figured out what the range is?

  • jobriq5
    jobriq5 4 days ago

    21:04 Black people are immune to bear repellant?

  • Krypton How To
    Krypton How To 4 days ago

    Come on people. Bunch of Pansies!!!

  • Athletic_Education
    Athletic_Education 4 days ago

    I worked at an Amazon warehouse twice, I quit within 2 weeks both times

  • Maud Louth
    Maud Louth 4 days ago

    Why not just give them scooters? Or partition the warehouse so ALL workers walk less? Both of those things will increase efficiency

  • o
    o 4 days ago

    Amazon's phallic logo grosses me out. Don't hug the box! Seriously, the workers need to consider organizing. Knowing the owner, he would just fire anyone speaking of a union

    RYAN BARUAH 4 days ago

    Fuck #XPO_Logistics

  • The Crafty Cyborg
    The Crafty Cyborg 4 days ago

    I’m a Prime member and feel horrible for it, but I need it. I’m disabled, a crutch-user, and live alone. I use Chewys to get my pet supplies delivered to my door because they fucking rock, but there are many things I struggle to buy in person. As it is, a few times a year my mom will deliver a set of toilet paper and paper towels from the big box store- I can’t carry those items due to sheer bulk.

  • utubesgreat7777
    utubesgreat7777 4 days ago

    Amazon is torture. I've worked in both the full time and part time buildings, and I didnt mind the part time gig. It's actually a fairly simple job and quota is simple to achieve.
    What's described is the full time buildings. They are living hell. I worked directly with the position that had the machines that broke bear mace. It's what I imagine a prison cell feels like. Stand in one place for 10 hours a day, no interaction with anyone, work at an inhuman pace, and do so in a station that is poorly lit and has no air circulation.
    My tipping point there was when I was given a warning for coming back from a break one (1) minute late. They were ready to fire me for being ONE MINUTE LATE.
    But hey, enjoy your shit you dont need getting to your door in two days.

  • wizbang68
    wizbang68 4 days ago

    Amazon and warehouses are not the only industries where outsourcing organizations and their leaders have a slave labor mentality. It's not just warehouses. it's also call centers, tech repair service centers, etc. Almost any company who calls themselves a logistics specialist is simply putting a fancy name on "outsourcing". In other words do it as cheap and fast as you can without paying worker benefits, any raise, and finding any reason to get rid of people who get close to being eligible to receive benefits. Things like needing to go to the bathroom will get you in trouble. In part because you have to walk the length of a football field to get to the bathroom, wait in line to use it and get back to your desk. You get a 10 minute break and it was not possible to do it in that time period. Finally, why is the hell is Amazon shipping hazmat materials?? Bear repellent?

  • Jack Torrance
    Jack Torrance 4 days ago

    And that's why I really love being a Teamster!!!! Almost 30 years at U.P.S was tolerated because of my union!!!! Don't think U.P.S was a cakewalk with them,but it would've been fucking hell without them!!!

  • Justin Kuhn
    Justin Kuhn 4 days ago +2

    I worked at a pharmaceutical warehouse. Listening to this brought back bad memories. I was either working on the line doing this stuff for 15-20 miles a day, or I was working on trucking. Almost as much running around, but with the added addition of lugging around 10-40 pound totes. The work is grueling and I'm glad I left when I did. The other workers always joked about how if you worked there for two years, you were gunna need either knee or back surgery. I thought it was funny until I found out that every 2+ year veteran of that warehouse had either knee or back surgery. I was only there for a year, and I still have intense knee pains 3 years later. I'm 27 by the way.

  • Michael Darling
    Michael Darling 4 days ago

    i still want next day delivery, don't offer something, but also you can get those devices you stand on and move you about. a coworker did that at our warehouse store.

  • Gus Sfakianos
    Gus Sfakianos 4 days ago

    If you think this report will help give workers better working conditions you couldn’t be more wrong. Amazon is just going to start using machines and AI technology possibly using robots. Amazon is going to ruin millions of jobs in the next 5 years. Get ready for it

  • Gus Sfakianos
    Gus Sfakianos 4 days ago

    5:58 that guys voice is the absolute worst voice for a voice over

  • Luminescence
    Luminescence 4 days ago +4

    "There's a line of other people and a lot of these waiting to take jobs" - sounds eerily similar to the circumstances during the industrial revolution.
    Wanna have a guess how we europeans got it under control? Unions.
    Wanna guess what americans are deathly afraid of? That's right, unions...

  • Astro Wolvez
    Astro Wolvez 4 days ago

    This guy could end the homeless crisis and still have a shit load of money, but nope, space travel.

  • Allan Adamson
    Allan Adamson 4 days ago

    I remember when Alex St. John talked about dude crashing his hummer in the water fountain after the bubble burst.... and RIP Paul G. Allen

  • Allan Adamson
    Allan Adamson 4 days ago

    Jeff isn't a stupid guy... 20 years ago I told people to buy Amazon stock... 15 years ago.. 10 years ago... today... well.. anyway... he's a big Star Trek fan like myself... he won.. like he said.. winnings.. people forget.. there were a lot.. and I mean a lot.. of failures... the tech bubble.. the silicon valley crash.. I mean.. it's ongoing... myself for example.. I was on the verge a few times... from my perspective I did a lot but just when you think your'e going to make it to that next level.... but I can't complain.. I've always done well.. I'm just not a fucking billionaire

  • Allan Adamson
    Allan Adamson 4 days ago

    yes the union argument will continue forever... they got the government involved on one end but you know.... it's their way of protecting their trillions

  • Allan Adamson
    Allan Adamson 4 days ago

    13:18 that's because corporations use programs such as avaya and while sure you can take as many bathroom breaks as you need to in the corporate world... but guess what that's going to do to your metrics.. and guess how you get bonuses.. and guess how you get promoted or just even the good duties for the day and guess what they look at during your review.. that's right.. a little metric called compliance... and those bathroom breaks.. start knocking that percentage down down down... ........ I was a business major.. with 5 degrees...

  • Allan Adamson
    Allan Adamson 4 days ago

    8:30 not exactly true...... I never worked logistics for Amazon.... I've just been working off and on with tech billionaires since the 90's..... and I'll tell you this... ultimately.. Amazon doesn't give a FUCK about your package.... your money.. yes.. your package... well.. you'll get it.. but that urgency.. that's for the people that work there... that's not for you or me

  • Shaden Shaar
    Shaden Shaar 5 days ago +1

    Damn I had no idea how terrible conditions are at places like Amazon. Granted I never lived in the US for a period longer than 6 months, but I don't think I will ever be able to press on the 1 or 2 day shipment option ever again!