Amazon using ‘dummy’ packages to catch dishonest drivers

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Amazon reportedly plants fake packages on delivery trucks to test drivers’ honesty. Business Insider says the ‘dummy’ packages have fake labels and if they are not returned to amazon, the driver is suspected of stealing it. Amazon says checks and audits are part of the overall quality programs at the company.

"It's meant to be a trap ... to check the integrity of the driver," a former Amazon logistics manager told Business Insider.

During deliveries, drivers scan the labels of every package they deliver. When they scan a fake label on a dummy package, an error message will pop up. When this happens, drivers might call their supervisors to address the problem, or keep the package in their truck and return it to an Amazon warehouse at the end of their shift.

Drivers could also choose to steal the package. The error message means the package isn't detected in Amazon's system. As a result, it could go unnoticed if the package were to go missing.

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