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Date: March 7, 2019
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Taxpayer-Funded Amazon Lays Off “Hundreds” Of Workers

Despite taking in nearly $2.4 billion in government tax breaks, Amazon shocked “hundreds” of workers with nationwide pop-up store closings.

“Amazon.com is closing all 87 of its experimental Amazon Pop-Up stores and discontinuing the program to expand its Amazon 4-star premium stores and Amazon Books. It announced the closure of all its pop-up locations, including those at malls and those located at Kohl’s, and Whole Foods Market stores. The pop-ups, which were first set-up five years ago, will all be gone by April 29.” (International Business Times, “Amazon Layoffs: Hundreds Lose Jobs After 87 Pop-Up Stores Close Down,” Arthur Villasanta, 3.7.19)

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