Amazon has now been forced to relocate a significant amount of employees from its office in Seattle over fears about rising crime.
As The Daily Wire reports:
About 1,800 employees are assigned to the Amazon office on the corner of 3rd Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle, according to local ABC affiliate KOMO News. Many of those employees work remotely. But a recent spike in crime on the block has forced the company to relocate in-office workers to a new space elsewhere in the city.
“Given recent incidents near 3rd and Pine, we’re providing employees currently at that location with alternative office space elsewhere,” an Amazon spokesman said in a statement emailed 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.”
In more recent news, people were shot and killed in a four-day period two weeks ago. The first victim was killed on February 27th, then another was shot and killed on March 1. But local CBS affiliate KIRO 7 reported that the city has a continuing problem on the block: fentanyl.
“Fentanyl, that fentanyl is crazy,” said one Seattle resident whose bus route takes him to 3rd and Pine on a daily basis. “It’s so easy to get it though, it’s everywhere. It’s so easy to get it. On the bus they smoke it. Every bus they’re smoking that fentanyl.”
The rise in drug use has reportedly also coincided with a major increase in illegal gun crimes as well.