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Amazon cuts ties with security firm linked to neo-Nazis

Published Feb 18th, 2013 2:41PM EST

Amazon (AMZN) has quickly learned that having alleged neo-Nazis guard your warehouses isn’t the best PR move. The Associated Press reports that Amazon has cut ties with HESS, a security company that has alleged ties to neo-Nazi groups and that shares a name with Rudolf Hess, who served as Hitler’s deputy in the Nazi party. Although Amazon didn’t say whether HESS had actual links to neo-Nazi groups, the company did acknowledge that HESS engaged in “discrimination and intimidation” against Amazon warehouse workers, as revealed during a documentary that aired last week on German TV channel ARD.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.