Amazon wants to deliver Detroit's groceries — here are five better local options

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(Update on 10/1: An Amazon spokesperson denies that Jeff Bezos is a union-busting, tax-dodging, low wage-paying, local-business bankrupting, homeless-hating, billionaire ghoul.)

Union-busting
, tax-dodging, low wage-paying, local-business bankrupting, homeless-hating, billionaire ghoul Jeff Bezos wants his Seattle-based company, Amazon, to deliver Detroit's groceries.

It recently announced that Amazon Prime customers can get Whole Foods groceries delivered to their homes, but perhaps consider a local alternative as Detroit has several options.

Why is supporting a local business better?

It's well-established that spending your money in the local economy helps you and your neighbors, and Amazon and Bezos are regularly criticized for all the reasons above.

While Bezos is the world's richest man at a net worth of $165 billion and Amazon recorded $5.6 billion in profits in 2017, the company paid $0 in taxes in 2017. When the city of Seattle passed a "homeless tax" that would have required Amazon to pay slightly more in taxes so the city could build warming centers and low-income housing for its growing homeless population, Bezos and Amazon fought back hard and "crushed" the tax.

And while white collar jobs at Amazon pay well, Amazon's fulfillment centers are known for low wages and harsh working conditions. Pay is so low that some employees rely on food stamps and other public assistance. In other words, your tax dollars are subsidizing Amazon, making it possible for the company to pay low wages, and ensure that the world's richest man gets richer.

In an effort to keep unions from forming to demand better pay and working conditions, Amazon fills its warehouses with temp workers who can take over full-time employees' positions. Its aggressive anti-union tactics were revealed in a company training video that was leaked earlier this week to Gizmodo.

Then there's the box of groceries that will be delivered to your door. Amazon's Flex drivers bring them. They use their own vehicle, are paid a flat rate per shift, and their wages are often low once expenses are factored in.

If you aren't into supporting that kind of company, these local shops will bring you your groceries:

Village Market in Grosse Pointe.
Holiday Market in Royal Oak, which delivers on Monday only.
Western Market in Ferndale. 
Papa Joe's at multiple metro Detroit locations.
Meijer at multiple locations in metro Detroit.
Kroger at multiple locations in metro Detroit. Yeah, it's Cincinnati-based, but at least it pays its taxes.

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