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Amazon Relocates 1,800 Workers Due To Seattle’s Skyrocketing Violent Crime Rates

Amazon Relocates 1,800 Workers Due To Seattle’s Skyrocketing Violent Crime Rates

“Given recent incidents near 3rd (Ave) and Pine (St), we’re providing employees currently at that location with alternative office space elsewhere”

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Citing skyrocketing violent crime in downtown Seattle, Washington, Amazon has “temporarily” arranged for its employees at that location to work elsewhere.    The workers are either continuing to work from home or have been provided office space by Amazon in a safer area.

Apparently the move is only “temporary” because those progressive policies will kick in any day now and the glorious Utopia will rise from the ashes of Seattle’s bear-hug embrace of radical far-left policies that have left parts of their city not just uninhabitable by anyone other than criminals but practical “no go” zones for law-abiding workers.

The New York Post reports:

Amazon is temporarily relocating employees from the company’s downtown Seattle office after an uptick of violent crime rocked the area.

Roughly 1,800 employees are assigned to the office space on Third Avenue and Pine Street in the heart of the city, but many of the employees are still working remotely, Amazon said in a statement to KOMO News.

“Given recent incidents near 3rd (Ave) and Pine (St), we’re providing employees currently at that location with alternative office space elsewhere,” an Amazon spokesman said in an emailed statement to the outlet.

“We are hopeful that conditions will improve and that we will be able to bring employees back to this location when it is safe to do so.”

It sounds like there won’t be much progress on that front, though, given the Seattle mayor Bruce Harrell’s office word soup response that all but promises a ‘progressive’ approach to fixing the crippling problems created by progressive fantasists in the first place.

“While it will take time to reverse longstanding safety issues, Mayor Harrell’s early efforts are critical first steps to address crime and improve safety through dedicated SPD officers, a mobile SPD precinct, and additional environmental changes,” the statement said.

“Mayor Harrell will continue to develop a comprehensive approach to public safety in collaboration with police and safety advocates, community members, service providers, and businesses, including Amazon, to activate, revitalize, and restore downtown for all.”

Other businesses have already left downtown Seattle due to rampant violent crime, Newsweek reports.

Numerous other businesses have closed due to the recent spike in crime, including Qumulo, a cloud technology firm, and Piroshky Piroshky, a popular Russian bakery, according to a local NBC affiliate. McDonald’s also confirmed the closure of its downtown Seattle locations, citing an inability to keep its workers safe.

“My top priority is the health and safety of our employees and customers,” franchise owner and operator David Santillanes said in a statement to KOMO News. “Out of concern for the safety of our employees and customers, we temporarily closed our restaurant located at 1530 Third Avenue following last week’s shooting.”

I guess this is what “progress” looks like. No wonder people of all races are fleeing the Democrat party in droves.

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“progressive policies will kick in any day now”

A very smart friend of mine said ‘If you have a theory and test it, and the test dosen’t match the theory, believe me test and get a new theory ‘.

Colonel Travis | March 15, 2022 at 7:25 pm

I moved from the political left to right long ago. It was a conscious decision, I spent a few years seriously thinking through it all. I wonder why others never wake up? Are they that naïve about the world around them? I’m guessing yes.

With all of Amazon’s money why aren’t they hiring the teams of social workers said to be needed for the problem? They could do double duty for the PTSD employees might get working there.

    B Buchanan in reply to jb4. | March 16, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    My son-the-social-worker rolls his eyes at liberal calls to send in social workers to do police work. As he puts it, ”When we are going into a volatile and potentially violent situation we call in the professionals who are TRAINED to deal with such situations – the police!”

    Now, finding counselors to help with PTSD is something they do.

Next the cruise industry will flee. Go to Vancouver, I think. Perhaps Our own every other year trip to Seattle is now permanently cancelled.

    healthguyfsu in reply to puhiawa. | March 16, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    It’s a real shame because progressive destructionists have infested so many great areas with natural resources and beauty.

    Cali and the PNW are littered with them and mostly in the seaside places.

Offer an open season for clearing the community of the derelicts. $10K a day, per person, for the members of the clean-up committee, and immunity from prosecution… and we’ll have that area secured in five days, or less.

Amazon workers voted for this overwhelmingly.

KEEP THEM THERE!!!!!

I wouldn’t be so bullish on AMZN stock with inflation. A family earning 100k and spending everything… (which is most families) is now going to have to find 10k of things to cut out of their annual budget.

Buh bye Prime membership and buh bye to half the crap they bought on AMZN…. and when shipping density per square mile decreases, shipping costs go up. This is on top of the rising cost of everything else. Biden-nomics is going to be most unkind to these liberals.

    Danny in reply to Andy. | March 16, 2022 at 10:20 am

    Not actually sure what exactly you are talking about. Do you have proof that Amazon workers vote overwhelmingly Democrat?

    Furthermore why would people choose to spend on MORE expensive things over Amazon?

    Far from being in distress Amazon is a beneficiary of the largest transfer of wealth in history from middling and small (both business and individual level) to the upper crust.

    I for one do feel for working class families going downtown to work who are subject to a mass of crime. Now the city voted for these policies and if this was about the city generally you would have a point but your claim is about Amazon workers so I would like to see your proof that Democrats are sweeping the white working class at all instead of losing that constituency badly. Trump’s 2% regression among that white working class s till left that constituency overwhelmingly voting Republican in 2020.

      henrybowman in reply to Danny. | March 16, 2022 at 5:56 pm

      Distinguish between “Amazon workers” and “Amazon workers in that building.”

      The building is not a warehouse. You can’t just tell warehouse people to show up at another building that doesn’t have your shit in it, and keep doing warehouse work. The building is a clerical center. So you are talking white-collar workers, not blue-collar workers. Yes, I bet any poll would show that these workers voted overwhelmingly Democratic.

        That isn’t what he said although even with the modification you gave it which the part of the building employees I will refer to as “the help” (i.e. janitors, maintenance crew etc) are a class that tends to vote Republican.

Hey Siri, is the emotion I’m feeling right now called schadenfreude?

Diversity, Inequity, and Exclusion (DIE) is Amazon corporate policy. They rape… reap what that they sow.

That building used to be the flagship store for the upscale department store chain The Bon Marche. It’s a block or two from the Westlake Mall and 3 or 4 from the Pike Place Market. Go east on Pine and you’re at the convention center. It once was the vibrant center of downtown.

But also recall this was the location 2 years ago where the 2 cop cars were torched and the one private security guy had to shoot at some people.

Why would they relocate those people? They voted for this, they should be happy about it.

    RandomCrank in reply to Ironclaw. | March 16, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    Amazon’s employees are floaters with little or no connection to the city. It’s a place to make money and nothing more. That’s not as much of a slam at them as it might sound. I see nothing wrong with chasing after what they’re chasing. The problem is the knee-jerk “progressive” crap. Hard for me to have much sympathy for them.

The utter indifference the d/prog currently display to the results of their policy choices; defund LEO, CRT/Equity, support of voluntary vagrants, tribalism, transgender ideology, Covid Karen is going to cost them. IMO, some perhaps many elected d/prog know this but because they sold this transformative agenda to their base and the base is still hell bent on enacting it they can’t get off the bus or reverse course until they are rebuked in an election.

This might turn out like tax policy. Once people begin to understand that absurdly high state and local taxes are causing an out migration to more tax friendly locations they start to push back against the excesses of the extremists in their party.

    Danny in reply to CommoChief. | March 16, 2022 at 10:22 am

    It would be better if it was indifference but they don’t like white working class people so harm to Amazon workers is in all truth probably positive for them. They are always talking about how white people having comfort is white privilege, or how horrible it is they have nice lives…..

      CommoChief in reply to Danny. | March 16, 2022 at 4:42 pm

      Danny,

      I’m pretty sure the actual villains in this; those who make decisions, don’t like anyone regardless of race, ethnicity, creed or color outside their economic status bubble. IOW they don’t care about what happens outside the gated community, buildings with doormen, private schools and private clubs. That some of the victims are of this or that race is immaterial to them; breaking eggs is required to make the omelet.

I lived in Seattle for 16 years, and have a tidbit by way of more information. Third Avenue was dicey long before the disorder of 2020-22. It grew worse over time, and we stopped going downtown for dinners and to the symphony after I had to run a gaunlet of derelicts to retrieve my car. This happened in the mid-teens.

My point is that Seattle’s downtown has been in decline for a decade. My other half wanted to move out before I did. I had moved around the country for job reasons, and retired in Seattle in the early ’00s. It was a very difficult decision to leave, made after many sleepless nights and honest evaluation of what I saw happening there.

It was not just one thing, or two or three things, but a constellation of bullshit that caused me to pull the trigger in 2016. It took time to find land in eastern Washington and have a house built, so we didn’t actually move until late 2017.

No one could have predicted the events of ’20-’22, but the response of the city’s putative “leaders,” while outrageous in the extreme, did not surprise me, nor does their ongoing self-justification. Seattle is relentlessly turning itself into San Francisco. No thanks. We dodged not just a bullet, but a howitzer shell.