A mother has revealed that her teenage daughter discovered a "help me" note hidden inside an Amazon Christmas delivery.
The 32-year-old Kim Dorsett said that on April, 13, her daughter found the words scrawled onto an invoice inside a £30 make-up advent calendar ordered by her dad Philip. The note said: "Help me please, PMP staff are evil." Amazon uses PMP as its recruitment agency to fill jobs at its distribution sites.
This comes just over a week after a Sunday Mirror investigation exposed shocking working conditions inside Amazon's huge warehouse in Tilbury, Essex. Kim Dorsett said that her daughter was worried about Amazon workers' wellbeing after reading the note.
Shockingly, Amazon bosses try to raise morale by giving exhausted staff two 7p chocolates each after shocking working conditions. It turns out that the exhausted warehouse staff was falling asleep on their feet as they chased impossible targets.
The workers are expected to pack a parcel every 30 seconds. Kim, 32, from Bolton, Greater Manchester, said: "I want to know if it's a prank or if they have people in sweatshops.
"My other half ordered the calender as a present. He ordered a note in it saying 'love from mum and dad'.
"We asked April 'have you read the note?' and she said 'do you mean this one?'”
"That's when we saw it. I thought 'this isn't right'. Then I thought it must be a prank and I was overreacting, but then people pointed out all the stories about Amazon lately."
In response, PMP revealed that the note is not "an accurate or fair representation" of the experiences of the people it recruits, but is investigating the incident alongside Amazon. Kim continued: "My daughter was worried. She is a vegan and she likes to know people and animals are OK. "She said 'mum, you need to contact Amazon'. I have ordered loads from Amazon before and I've never had any problems.
"This is quite worrying. It's the sort of thing you hear about happening in sweatshops in China." Unfortunately, Amazon has been told to “hang its head in shame" as staff exploitation inside new warehouse was condemned.
One reporter from Sunday Mirror reporter spent five weeks undercover at Amazon's Tilbury plant. The reporter concluded the investigation which led to a widespread backlash against the £7.3billion-a-year online giant.
It’s grueling that staff at Amazon’s “fulfillment” centres, where orders are put together, packed and shipped, work up to 55 hours a week for £8.20 an hour.
The reporter photographed “packers” asleep at their stations where, if they achieve 120 boxes an hour, they earn 7p per box. The staff also revealed that their toilet breaks were monitored and they weren't allowed to go outside of scheduled break times.
PMP also released a statement about the note saying: "PMP Recruitment employs over 100,000 people across a range of clients, many of whom have stayed with us for a number of years or return each year during our peak trading period, so we do not recognize the comment made as being an accurate or fair representation of the employee experience we provide. "We provide various channels to raise concerns, including a confidential helpline, and have not received any complaints of this nature.
"We do, however, take such comments extremely seriously and will be investigating in conjunction with our client."
It’s hilarious how staff on grueling 10-and-a-half-hour shifts were given one Celebration sweet in the first half of their day and another in the second half.