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A personal account of an Amazon Flex driver published in The Atlantic details the difficulties private cars have in delivering packages for the e-commerce giant in downtown San Francisco. This mostly centres on the way Amazon not only outsources the transport of goods to private drivers, but also all the associated costs – fuel, parking and car and health insurance, to name but a few. Amazon Flex is the app that allows private drivers to work part-time delivering Amazon goods. On the face of it, it’s a fine idea, but it also allows considerable exploitation of employment loopholes. But what really seems to grate are the simple problems: lack of parking spaces, addresses where no one is in and there is nowhere to leave packages and even Amazon’s apparent unwillingness to pay its Flex drivers promptly.

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