Amazon finally acknowledges delivery driver bathroom problem

Amazon acknowledged Friday that it has a loo-ming problem.

The web giant fessed up that its delivery drivers have limited access to bathrooms, meaning that accusations of them urinating in bottles or elsewhere in public are likely to be true.

“We know that drivers can and do have trouble finding restrooms because of traffic or sometimes rural routes,” the online retail giant posted on its AboutAmazon portal. “And this has been especially the case during Covid when many public restrooms have been closed.”

The admission comes following a Twitter spat with Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) last month in which the congressman accused Amazon of being a union-busting operation that will “make workers urinate in water bottles.”

Amazon originally denied the claim.

“You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you?” the company responded on Twitter. “If that were true, nobody would work for us.”

Amazon’s mea culpa admits that the original response was wrong.

“It did not contemplate our large driver population and instead wrongly focused only on our fulfillment centers.”

A driver wears a protective mask while traveling in an Amazon.com Inc. delivery truck in New Rochelle, New York on March 12, 2020.
A driver wears a protective mask while traveling in an Amazon delivery truck in New Rochelle, New York, on March 12, 2020.
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But, the company added: “This is a long-standing, industry-wide issue and is not specific to Amazon.”

No word yet on how Amazon will solve the problem, other than to report “[we] will look for solutions.”

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Driver Of Stolen Pickup Truck In Boston Public Garden Crash Arrested

BOSTON (CBS) – A homeless man has been charged in a horrific pickup truck crash at the entrance to the Boston Public Garden that left a woman critically hurt. Keith Andrade, 58  was ordered held on $20,000 bail at his arraignment in municipal court Friday afternoon.

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According to WBZ-TV I-Team sources, a firefighter left the truck running outside the Boylston Street fire station Thursday afternoon when a man stole it and took off. A short time later, it crashed through the garden gate at the corner of Boylston and Charles Street South.

A woman who had been walking on the sidewalk was pinned under the debris. A nurse and a doctor rushed to help her before she was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

“She grabbed the victim’s hand in an attempt to pull her out of the way.  She tripped on her high heel and was consequently unable to get out of the way to avoid being struck,” said prosecutor Colleen O’Neill.

According to the police report, she was entering the garden with a friend when they heard a “loud sound” and saw a pickup truck coming at them at a “rapid rate of speed.” The woman tripped on a high heel and couldn’t get out of the way before she was hit.

Witnesses said the driver, later identified by police as Andrade, simply walked away.

About four hours later, police said they found the man who fit the description of the driver at Washington Street and School Street. When officers approached him they said he gave them another name. Police discovered he had two active warrants for larceny and arrested him.

Andrade is facing several charges including larceny of a motor vehicle, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and leaving the scene of an accident.

In court Friday, Andrade’s attorney said his client has been misidentified.

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Driver killed, 2 others hurt in crash along Garden State Parkway

A Jersey City man was killed and two of his passengers were injured when the vehicle they were riding in struck a tree along the Garden State Parkway in Atlantic County on Sunday, authorities said.



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The wreck occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on the highway’s northbound side, near milepost 38.1 in Egg Harbor Township, according to Trooper Charles Marchan, a spokesman for the New Jersey State Police. A Chevrolet was headed north when it went off the highway and crashed into a tree.

The Chevrolet driver, Jacquim Lovely, 38, was killed, the spokesman said. Two others – a 42-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man, both of Jersey City – were hurt.

An investigation was ongoing, according to the State Police. More information was not immediately released late Sunday.

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Woman driver is shot and two children were injured when SUV hits house, KC police say

Kansas City police are investigating a woman who was shot and then slammed the SUV she was driving into a house, injuring two child passengers.

The shooting was reported just after 5:30 p.m. in the 5800 block of Askew Avenue. It stemmed from an incident that happened moments earlier at a liquor store at 57th Street and Swope Parkway, police spokesman, Sgt. Jacob Becchina said in an email.

Several shots were fired as the woman drove away. The vehicle struck a house on Askew Avenue and caused minor damage to the residence. The woman and the two children were injured and taken to nearby hospitals.

It was initially unclear if the woman’s injuries were the result of being shot or caused when the SUV struck the house. Medical crews determined the woman had been shot. She is listed in stable condition, Becchina said.

The two children had minor injuries.

Michelle Butler said she was driving near 57th Street and Bales Avenue when she heard several gunshots.

“I had just missed that vehicle running over the curve and then it wound up hitting this house,” Butler said. “And it’s sad. I don’t know who got hurt. If it was over a fender-bender, then it shouldn’t gotten that deep.”

On Friday, details of what prompted the shooting remained under investigation. Police did not say if any arrests had been made.

Anyone with information should call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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Garden Grove Uber Driver Arrested In Passenger Sexual Assault

GARDEN GROVE, CA — An Uber driver suspected of sexually assaulting a 51-year-old woman in Santa Ana was behind bars Thursday.

The woman called the ride-sharing service about 4 a.m. Wednesday to get to work, police said. Uber driver Jason Rodas, 51, of Garden Grove, responded to the call, but after picking her up and while en route to her destination he told the woman he would “do it for no charge,” police said.

Rodas asked the woman “several questions about her sex life,” which frightened the woman, police said.

When she demanded he just take her to work, he threatened to throw her out of the car if she called police, according to police.

Rodas eventually drove the woman to 300 S. Minnie St., where the victim “bailed out of the car and tried to run away.” The suspect caught her and choked her before sexually assaulting her, police alleged.

Evidence at the scene led Santa Ana Police Detectives to Roadas’s home. Officers served a search warrant at his residence to recover additional evidence. Rodas was arrested hours after the attack, and booked at the Santa Ana Jail for several sexual assault charges including kidnapping with the intent to commit rape. His bail was set at $1,000,000.00.

Investigators asked the public to call if they had any other relevant information about Rodas. The public was asked to call Detective Julio Gallardo at 714-245-8378 or email [email protected] Orange County Crime Stoppers will accept anonymous tips at 855-TIP-OCCS.

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