JEFF Bezos is being attacked online after celebrating his Blue Origin space trip instead of the collapse at one of his Amazon warehouses that left six people dead.
A tornado ripped through Edwardsville, Illinois, hitting an Amazon warehouse, trapping about 100 workers inside. As a result, six of them died.
The Amazon founder made no mention of the tragedy as he took to social media to praise the successful landing of one of his Blue Origin missions.
“Congratulations to the crew this morning at the training center”, billionaire wrote on Instagram along with a photo of “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan, daughter of Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard and four others.
Most of the comments applauded Bezos for the successful mission, but others were not so kind.
One user wrote: “You should be more worried about the tornado situation.
Another asked, “Are any of your Amazon employees going to fly?”
On Twitter, rumors about the billionaire continue.
One user said: “Workers at the Amazon warehouse in Evansville, Illinois died being forced to work during a tornado so Jeff Bezos could fly himself into space.
All in all, one user wrote, “SHAME ON JEFF BEZOS!!!”
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Search and rescue teams are at the collapsed warehouse, trying to assess the situation and assign responsibility to those who have not been recovered.
About 30 people were pulled out of the building after it collapsed around 8:30 p.m. Friday.
“We are deeply saddened by the news that members of our Amazon family have passed away as a result of the storm in Edwardsville, IL,” an Amazon spokesperson said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones and everyone affected by the storm. We also want to thank all of the first responders for their ongoing efforts in the field.
“We are continuing to support our employees and partners in the region.”
Bezos has yet to comment on the case.
‘GUT-WRENCHING, NAUSEATING AND HEARTBREAKING’
One of the victims of the collapse, 29-year-old Clayton Cope, was trying to warn his colleagues about the tornado.
“He just said he needed to tell someone that [the tornado] His mother, Carla Cope, told The Daily Beast. “He’s got a big heart and he’s a very sweet man.”
Clayton’s mother went to the barn after the storm passed on Friday, looking for her son. Hours later, she learned from authorities that Clayton had not participated.
“[It was] Cope said.
When Clayton is not at work, his mother says that he “loves riding his Harley and fishing”.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17014661/jeff-bezos-slammed-for-ignoring-amazon-warehouse-collapse/ Tornado Update – Jeff Bezos plays for the anniversary of his Blue Origin space trip after the Amazon warehouse collapse that killed 6 people