Amazon drivers seemingly putting themselves in danger to meet delivery deadlines have become unexpected viral stars on social media platform TikTok.
TikTok videos with the hashtag #JefferyBezos showing Amazon delivery vans driving through floods, neighbourhoods hit by tornados and over highway medians have racked up millions of views.
The videos, set to comedian Bo Burnham’s viral song ‘Jeff Bezos’, follow a stream of controversies surrounding Amazon’s treatment of its army of drivers.
In July, a report from CNBC revealed that 10 current and former drivers for Amazon-contracted delivery companies had been told by their managers to ignore basic safety issues, including damaged seatbelts and broken mirrors, to ensure deliveries remained on schedule.
@camihardmanwhen Jeff personally guarantees next day delivery ##trafficjam ##amazon ##jeffbezos♬ Bezos I – Bo Burnham
A separate poll of 700 UK Amazon delivery drivers conducted by campaign group Organise found that 80 per cent say they are being forced to drive dangerously to hit unmanageable delivery targets, in with 82 per cent of those stating they are forced to break the speed limit.
One video, which has over three million likes shows an Amazon delivery truck driving over a highway median.
Another video, which has almost a million views, shows an Amazon-branded van speeding through a flooded street.
@bbschneidsthis man doing jeffery’s work ##naperville ##cookcounty ##illinois ##tornado ##kanecounty ##amazon ##jefferybezos ##fypシ
The videos are continuing to appear across TikTok, with the hashtag #JefferyBezos, referring to the company’s founder and former chief executive, trending on the platform.
Amazon has not immediately responded to requests for comment, but has previously said: “We’re hugely proud of the Amazon delivery service partner drivers who do such great work across the country, getting customers what they want, when they want, wherever they are. We are committed to ensuring drivers are fairly compensated and treated with respect.”