Amazon Cuts Ties with “Neo-Nazi” Security

Disinfonaut Russell Grant tipped us that Amazon.com will no longer employ alleged Neo-Nazi security firm Hess.

Via Salon:

An Amazon spokeswoman in Germany, Ulrike Stoecker, said Monday the online retailer has ended its relationship with Hensel European Security Services “with immediate effect.”

A documentary shown on ARD public television last week showed staff of the security company – whose initials spell out the name of Adolf Hitler’s deputy Hess – wearing clothes linked to Germany’s neo-Nazi scene. It interviewed people claiming they were mistreated by the staff.

Stoecker told The Associated Press that Amazon has a “zero tolerance limit for discrimination and intimidation and expects the same of other companies it works with.”

Keep reading.

Thanks Russell!

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  • BuzzCoastin

    that’s a step in the right direction
    now maybe Jeff can ditch the DRM technology for Audible next

  • Anarchy Pony

    Yeah sure, after the public light gets shone on them.

  • Matt G

    I thought the story was about Amazon taking advantage of immigrant workers working conditions and not about their means of doing it. whatever … “It’s a celebration bitches” a win for the good guys?

  • lazy_friend

    and now installs armed korean jail bot drones so the abuse can be done remotely.

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    they aren’t that good of a company. they don’t pay shit. i know from working as a temp in one of their warehouses. Nothing like packing $1000 dollar clothing orders all day for $8.00 an hour.

  • Raz

    And that is why i love piracy so much! You never gonna hear this kind of shit from the guys from Pirate Bay! No thank you! I like my books and movies for free and no ties with the nazi party!

    • Bruteloop

      I’d rather pay the author of a book I want direct. People have to eat. I don’t want stuff for free I just want the money to go to the right people.

  • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

    “zero tolerance limit for discrimination and intimidation” – except through the socially accepted methods of coercion via capital. Now get back to working and buying shit OR ELSE.

  • emperorreagan

    I spent part of a summer packing hand tools at night at a facility for $8.00 an hour. It was boring & soul sucking – they locked you in (lock at the main door, then a second security fence) and you walked in an seemingly endless loop in silence putting tools in boxes. And of course, people to yell at you if you the productivity they’re monitoring isn’t up to par. Easily the worse job I ever had and the most depressed group of people I ever worked with.

  • Matt Staggs

    Anyone seen “Sleep Dealer”?

    • https://sites.google.com/site/themattprather Matt Prather

      Last night I did!

      And it reminded me of these:
      1: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/amazon-com-buys-kiva-systems-for-775-million
      2: http://www.peakprosperity.com/blog/80454/siren-song-robot

      Amazon scares me with the power it has for-people / from-people. Not saying Amazon is an all-bad thing. Just that it scares me.

      Actually, I guess it’s the corporate consumer-demand-satisfaction model and way of life that actually engenders my fear. Or maybe it’s the learned (essentially: indoctrinated) consumer culture. The scary power of Amazon (of all Big Businesses) is perhaps secondary or tertiary to something deeper.

      In any case, I would like to see something that makes me feel like we’re headed toward a happy post-game or end-game here. Not just a bunch of “megacorps” owning every avenue on the Monopoly Board, with robots and private security systems and high-powered legal corporations guarding the properties. (They’re just pieces of plastic and real estate with paper deeds! And the pieces all go back in the box at the end, right?)

    • https://sites.google.com/site/themattprather Matt Prather

      Last night I did!

      And it reminded me of these:
      1: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/amazon-com-buys-kiva-systems-for-775-million
      2: http://www.peakprosperity.com/blog/80454/siren-song-robot

      Amazon scares me with the power it has for-people / from-people. Not saying Amazon is an all-bad thing. Just that it scares me.

      Actually, I guess it’s the corporate consumer-demand-satisfaction model and way of life that actually engenders my fear. Or maybe it’s the learned (essentially: indoctrinated) consumer culture. The scary power of Amazon (of all Big Businesses) is perhaps secondary or tertiary to something deeper.

      In any case, I would like to see something that makes me feel like we’re headed toward a happy post-game or end-game here. Not just a bunch of “megacorps” owning every avenue on the Monopoly Board, with robots and private security systems and high-powered legal corporations guarding the properties. (They’re just pieces of plastic and real estate with paper deeds! And the pieces all go back in the box at the end, right?)

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