Nasty new nickname for Amazon workers

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:39 AM

SEATTLE --  There's growing friction in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, focused on the  influx of Amazon workers. The conflict has now reached the point of name-calling.

The thousands of people who work at Amazon are sometimes called Amazoids or Amazonians, but now there's a new name spreading, helped by some yellow flyers posted on light poles.

Am-holes. The definition of an Am-hole is outlined in a quiz on the flyer (which you can see by clicking here), but generally pegs employees as uppity snobs.

"Some of us were here years ago," said Mike Gwynn, who works in South Lake Union, "Now there's 10,000 plus extra people in the middle of the street all the time."

For some at the mega-company, the name brings a chuckle.

"I think this is probably from someone who lived here a long time ago and does not like change too much," said Patricio Harrington, an Amazon employee.

Since Amazon moved in, South Lake Union has transformed -- new restaurants, new stores, new everything. Just ask any eatery around lunchtime.

"Amazon is a really good thing in our neighborhood, they're the biggest buyer of Jimmy Johns right now," said Jame Fehskens who delivers for Jimmy John's Sandwiches. "They're why were busy and I love them for it. I even said, 'Thank God for Amazon.com at Thanksgiving this year."

The flyers were removed by Tuesday evening.

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