Earlier this week, Amazon Japan had a problem at their Gifu Prefecture distribution center: the grass and weeds were growing too long. So, what did they do? Get out a box-shaped lawn mower and go a few rounds?
Well, not quite…
The Internet retailer decided to hire some goats to take care of the their out-of-control weeds!
Starting this week, the company is testing out this eco-friendly approach to lawn-care. Apparently, the goats will be “commuting” from a local farm once a week until the end of October to do the exhausting work of nibbling down 3,750 square meters (4,485 square yards) of grass. It’s a dirty tasty job, but somebody’s got to do it!
A 1.6-meter-tall (5.2 feet) fence has been installed to keep the aggressive munchers from breaking into the warehouse and gobbling up all of the products. So no need to worry about your swimming suits arriving with extra holes.
One netizen pointed out a slight problem with Amazon’s plan, though: The grass grows at Amazon > goats eat the grass > goats poop > the poop fertilizes the grass > the grass grows back > Amazon needs more goats to eat the extra grass!
Internet commenters responded in a variety of ways.
I bet it stinks though.
I want goats at my workplace too!
Give me an eating job!
I’m sorry I don’t work as hard as goats…
Oh, goats are cute! But sheep are cuter.
If it means I don’t have to work then okay! Work hard, goats!
We reached out to the goats with a few questions regarding their thoughts on their new employment. After being snubbed for a particularly delicious patch of thistle, we found one goat-worker, Mikiyagi, willing to talk to us.
RN24: How do you feel about the working hours?
RN24: Certainly. And do you feel you’re being compensated fairly?
RN24: Yes, yes, we realize it’s a touchy subject, but many have expressed concerns that by working for such low wages, you’re stealing jobs from hard-working Japanese citizens.
RN24: Okay, okay! Fine! Interview over!
▼Not the most willing interviewee we’ve met.
Obviously, Amazon isn’t the first company to think to use goats as grounds-keepers, but it may signal a rise of a new trend. Hopefully we won’t see a goat-driven bubble economy spring out of this, though. What a mess that would be to clean up when it bursts.