Amazon investigating after teen worker ‘turned away from remote warehouse’ at 2am
Daniel Gilfoyle took on a festive work contract at the Bathgate Amazon warehouse in West Lothian
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A teenage Amazon worker claims he was left outside a remote warehouse at 2am after being turned away by security staff.
College student Daniel Gilfoyle, from Edinburgh, took on a festive work contract at the Bathgate Amazon warehouse in West Lothian through the Adecco recruitment agency.
The 18-year-old travelled for almost two hours from the Capital before he was allegedly turned away by security staff.
He claims he worked his first night shift with Amazon through Adecco with no problems on December 10.
However the next evening he travelled for one hour and 40 minutes from his home near Holyrood for his shift which started at 1.30am in the morning, but was shocked when he was allegedly turned away and told it was "illegal for him to be on the premises" by a security guard hired through Adecco.
Amazon and Adecco have both provided statements saying they are investigating the matter.
Daniel told Edinburgh Live : "I had already worked one eight hour shift with no problems and had not yet been issued a security pass but they told me it was fine and that it would get sorted out for the next shift.
"When I arrived for my second shift, security said they would get me a pass but then told me there had been a problem and that I had somehow been terminated on the system.
The Amazon warehouse in Bathgate (file photo)
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"Then the security guard told me that I had to get off the premises because it was 'illegal' for me to be there without a security pass.
"I told him I lived all the way in Edinburgh and had no idea how to get home at this time of the night or enough money for a taxi that far, but I was told that it wasn't their problem."
Daniel claims he still hasn't been formally fired by Adecco and still doesn't know exactly why he was kicked off the premises at 2.00am in the morning.
He says he has even recently received texts from the agency offering him shifts which he is now declining to take.
He claimed he was late on completing one of his online training modules and this is the only reason he can think of as to why there might have been an issue processing his security pass, but this has not been confirmed.
An Amazon spokesperson said: "Health, safety and wellbeing is our number one priority and we are investigating this matter.
"Amazon provides subsidised transport to and from Edinburgh and a bus was available throughout the night on the 11 December from our Bathgate site for associates to use including at 2.30am.”
An Adecco spokesperson said: "We take the matter of health and safety very seriously, alongside looking after the welfare of our associates. This case is being investigated."