Amazon.com hopes to deter theft among its warehouse workers by prominently displaying past colleagues that were fired or arrested.
Bloomberg, citing nearly a dozen current and former Amazon employees, reports that the e-commerce giant displays silhouetted images of former workers — and the details of their alleged crimes — on large flatscreen TVs installed at many of its warehouses.
The messages do not identify the workers by name, but they do include the text "terminated" — or, in select cases, "arrested."
Although workers interviewed for the article were not exactly enthusiastic about the practice, Amazon officials likely recognize the potential for theft of small, expensive shipments among its high-turnover and low-paid workforce.
Employees, meanwhile, were also more concerned about their hours and wages than the company's anti-theft policies.
The TVs can also include terminations for workplace violence or happier messages about company announcements or worker incentives.
In warehouses without the TVs installed, Bloomberg reported that the company instead printed out similar messages and posted them on bulletin boards.