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Who did Jeff Bezos go to space with?

Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old physics student, accompanied Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos and 82-year-old female aviator Wally Funk - the oldest person to go to space - on a 10-minute trip beyond Earth's atmosphere. ReutersDutch teen on space flight told Bezos he had never ordered from Amazon

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Bezos faces backlash for comments on Amazon workers

Reuters 24 July, 2021 - 07:01pm

After touching back down in his company Blue Origin's rocket ship... Bezos and his crewmates exchanged hugs and popped champagne.

He then thanked Amazon employees for making his trip possible.

"I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer, because you guys paid for all of this."

But not all were happy with those remarks, coming from the world's richest man.

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted quote: "Yes, Amazon workers did pay for this - with lower wages, union busting, a frenzied and inhumane workplace, and delivery drivers not having health insurance during a pandemic. And Amazon customers are paying for it with Amazon abusing their market power to hurt small business."

Meanwhile, labor union president Stuart Applebaum told Reuters the comments by Bezos were "obscene:"

"It's outrageous that Jeff Bezos says his rocket ship, amusement park ride was paid for by his workers. He could have done a lot more for humanity if instead he paid his workers fairly and spent the money that was necessary to protect their health and safety and their lives... There is so much more Jeff Bezos should be doing for his employees. And now to say that they're the ones who paid for his joyride is obscene."

Bezos, who founded Blue Origin in 2000, has said he hopes to develop a fleet of reusable spacecraft, and build a future where people can live and work in space.

He says Blue Origin is planning on two more New Shepard passenger flights later this year.

Critics jumped on Bezos' remarks. The median Amazon worker made $29,007 in 2020, with a CEO-to-worker pay ratio of 58:1.

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US Democrats have hit out at Jeff Bezos for not paying better wages after he thanked Amazon staff for financing his trip to space. Mr Bezos, the world's richest man with a wealth of $200billion (£150bn), blasted into space on Tuesday on his rocket company Blue Origin's first flight with passengers on board. Upon landing, he thanked customers of Amazon for helping fund the $5.5billion trip. Amazon and its founder, who has for years not paid federal income tax, faces heavy criticism as the company

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"I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer — because you guys paid for all this," said Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos after his suborbital jaunt.

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Bezos thanked Amazon employees and customers after his Blue Origin flight, saying "you guys paid for all of this." They want him to pay them better.

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