The World’s Richest Man Is Looking for Donations
Just a few days ago, the richest man in the world – Jeff Bezos, creator of Amazon – asked for donations to help some of his employees. But why?
It's hard to even comprehend that Mr. Bezos is said to make, on average, over $230,000 a minute. That's just insane. Meanwhile, many of his employees working in the Fall River warehouse or delivery trucks just got a raise to make only slightly over minimum wage.
The creator of Amazon could probably give every one of his employees a million dollars and still have plenty leftover. It's because of that basic math that I have a hard time wanting to donate to his cause.
Jeff is asking for donations from the public to help pay many of his delivery drivers for their hardships.
Here is what Bezos had to say:
“We are establishing the Amazon Relief Fund with a $25 million initial contribution focused on supporting our independent delivery service partners and their drivers, Amazon Flex participants, and seasonal employees under financial distress during this challenging time.”
The fund will also support both employees and contractors around the world that face economic hardship due to natural disasters or unforeseen personal circumstances. Those who qualify can apply for a grant of up to $5,000.
While I think this is a great start and the thought is there, it's kind of hard to swallow this coming out of the mouth of a man worth over $113 billion.
With a Fall River warehouse and hundreds of delivery drivers right on the SouthCoast, I'm thinking Bezos needs to just give all of his employees a $5,000 donation out of his own pocket to ensure his business continues to provide for so many communities like ours, especially in times like this where so many of us are depending on services like Amazon to get us necessities.
Do you know an Amazon employee who is struggling? Do you think Jeff Bezos should step up with a bigger chunk of his wealth to help those that helped him get it? What do you think of him asking the American population for donations?
Personally, I won't be making a donation to this fund – not that I don't want to help Amazon employees, but because Jeff Bezos needs to step it up.