Wasn't turning distressing times into opportunities praiseworthy? Wasn't it considered brilliant that people can emerge from a crisis making the most out of it? Isn't it smart that people can actually take advantage of the most troubling times as much as they can?
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos grows fortune by $24bn amid coronavirus pandemic https://t.co/B7bJcoyORC— The Guardian (@guardian) April 15, 2020
News of Amazon's CEO and richest man on earth Jeff Bezos growing his wealth by about $24b during the coronavirus pandemic, has soon landed him under fire by people who quickly accused him "of exploiting the crisis."
Despite plunging stock markets and more than 16 million Americans filing for unemployment aid amid serious warnings of long-term rescission, the e-commerce giant has been able to benefit from the crisis; mainly be providing delivery services to millions of people in lockdown. Thus adding billions of dollars to the already huge wealth he has.
Good for him, he took the risks and built his company. He deserves the rewards— Rhino (@Wicked_Rhino) April 15, 2020
Criticism targeting Bezos was focused on how one man can continue to make profit despite the increasingly alarming health situation on a global level, especially in the US where COVID-19 has infected and killed more people than it did anywhere else in the world so far.
People furious at Bezos also pointed out several disputes his company has had with its workers in the last few weeks. The disagreements were mostly over demands for better personal protective gear and fears of contracting the deadly virus if the workers continued to operate in warehouses on a daily basis.
Amazon has fired two employees critical of its working conditions, weeks after the firing of another worker who had raised health and safety concerns https://t.co/A5kqaGSCxW pic.twitter.com/HDkEJfUonO— Reuters (@Reuters) April 14, 2020
The richest man on earth has also been blamed for putting very little money into donations to coronavirus victims or the health sector in light of how much he makes. Many social media users called him "selfish" and "greedy".
Jeff Bezos could feed the unemployed, provide PPE to all US frontline medical workers, provide 10x the benefits to his employees and never be poor, but he chooses to continue to be a beacon of selfish corruption. The day I see this guy taxed at 30% will be nirvana— MillionsHateTrump (@NancyTexass) April 15, 2020
Earlier this month, Bezos reportedly donated $100m to food banks, in order to support their efforts to feed the homeless and the millions of unemployed Americans.
Last month, the $138b worth-man launched The Amazon Relief Fund which he supported by $25m, through which the public can donate to help Amazon employees during the crisis.
Dear @JeffBezos,— Ryan Knight ? (@ProudResister) April 16, 2020
Your wealth’s increased $24 billion amid the pandemic & you’re asking the American people to donate to an Amazon Relief Fund for your workers?
I long for the day that we have a progressive government that taxes your wealth & redistributes it to the people!
This is not the first time for Bezos to stir controversy during global disasters. Last January he was also under fire for donating less than a million dollars to relief victims of the Australian wildfires, which devastated the country for several weeks.