Jeff Bezos reveals in one sentence how cynical his world is

After space flight
“You paid for it”: In one sentence Jeff Bezos reveals how cynical his worldview is


See in the video: Jeff Bezos posts video from the booth – “My expectations were exceeded dramatically”

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos made his first foray into space on the anniversary of the first moon landing. On his ten-minute journey, he reached an altitude of 107 kilometers on Tuesday and thus flew to the boundary between atmosphere and space, which, depending on the definition, is between 80 and 100 kilometers. Bezos was accompanied by his brother Mark, 82-year-old Wally Funk, and 18-year-old high school graduate Oliver Daemen. Funk and Daemen are the oldest and the youngest person in space. Bezos took off into space in a blue astronaut suit and a cowboy hat – and that’s how he appeared at the final press conference. Apparently in a good mood: “I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer, because you have paid for all of this. Seriously, for every Amazon customer out there and every Amazon employee, thank you very much Hearts very much. I really appreciate that. And, you know how it feels. Oh, my god! My expectations were high and they were dramatically exceeded. ” Bezos is the second of three billionaires vying for leadership in space tourism. British billionaire Richard Branson flew into space nine days ago. The third billionaire who wants to offer private travel to space is Tesla boss Elon Musk. Bezos founded his space company Blue Origin two decades ago and plans to bring more space tourists into space in September or October.

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After his space flight, Amazon founder thanked his employees: “You have paid for all of this.” A sentence that proves how unfair his world is: while the boss flies into space, the employees work down below.

Jeff Bezos was absolutely over the moon. “My expectations were high and they were exceeded dramatically,” enthused the Amazon founder when he was back on solid ground after his brief excursion into space. That was “the best day ever”. The weightlessness was a “very pleasant experience” and the view of the earth was “the most profound”.

So there are things that even the richest man in the world can enjoy like a child about. After his historic trip into space, Bezos also thought of those who made this project possible in the first place: “I would also like to thank all Amazon employees and Amazon customers,” he said at the press conference. “Because you paid for all of this. That’s why I thank you from the bottom of my heart.” The sentence caused laughter in the audience – in reality it shows how cynical Jeff Bezos’ space trip is.

Criticism of working conditions at Amazon

The so praised Amazon employees may only have puckered their lips bitterly. It has been known for many years how bad the working conditions at the company are. Although Amazon is committed to being – as Bezos says – “the best employer in the world”, the reality is different. Amazon had to admit that it does happen that delivery drivers have to pee in bottles because they are under enormous time pressure during their work. Employees are monitored at work with video cameras and in their private lives via social networks on the Internet. Many also come to work sick because they must be afraid of losing their jobs.


Jeff Bezos: This crew accompanies the billionaire on his space flight

In Germany, too, there has been repeated criticism of the company’s conduct. There are regular strikes by the workforce, who are demanding better pay. During the pandemic, Amazon tried to prevent employees from wearing FFP2 masks during work so that they would have to take fewer breaks. Amazon employees also complain about the high pressure from superiors, even if the company regularly rejects such allegations.

Jeff Bezos is getting richer even in space

In addition, in many parts of the world Amazon hardly pays taxes. With various tricks, the internet giant manages to minimize its taxes despite high income. Even under the now targeted global minimum tax for large corporations, Amazon should not fall, as the company may not officially reach the necessary profitability limit – despite increasing sales in the past year. Jeff Bezos himself is also said to have not paid a single cent in income tax in the United States in a few years.

Bezos’ incredible wealth came in large part at the expense of his staff and the tax community. The result is only logical: the boss flies into space, the employees toil downstairs. You shouldn’t expect more than warm words after the space flight. Bezos, on the other hand, has not only fulfilled his big dream, but has also continued to earn a lot of money over the years. As the British “Independent” has calculated, the 57-year-old became more than 1.5 million dollars richer during his eleven-minute flight with the Blue Origin rocket alone.