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As people return to in-person shopping at brick-and-mortar stores, the reliance on online shopping started to decrease.

As a result, Amazon drivers no longer have packages to deliver.

TikToker Diana Dunham-Nelson, who works for Amazon Flex, is going viral for a video showing an Amazon distribution center with no packages she can pick up.

“I doubt there will be a route for me to even do it, which is great because I get paid to go home for absolutely nothing,” she says cheekily, noting that there are many others who have picked up the gig as a “side job”.

Dunham-Nelson claims she earns $38 an hour performing through Amazon Flex, a program that allows employees to use their own vehicles to make Amazon deliveries.

@ladydilove_ How to get paid for doing almost nothing and making your own hours… #sidehustles #performance #extra money #makeyourownschedule #amazonflex #part time #per hour #Pay #day payment #beyouroenboss #workwhenyou want ♬ moments later_ Spongebob_ tjoepoe –

She then shows a screenshot of the Flex portal stating that there were in fact no routes available to her that day.

“Good news is you’re still getting paid,” the screenshot reads. “You are now free to leave.”

Of course, the comment section was overflowing with other hopefuls looking to make money doing essentially nothing. Others shared their own experiences working for the program.

“I remember the first time this happened to me,” wrote one user. “My heart was broken because I had to pay something and was sent home to find I was being paid!”

“I was paid twice because I just drove there and there were no routes available,” said another. “Then Amazon got me! Next route an hour away and 58 packages, mostly apartments.”

Dunham-Nelson referred to the gig in the comments section as “Uber for Packages,” with many commentators feigning jealousy over her ability to get through the program, given that they were on Amazon’s waiting list to get the gig “for years.”

According to to Amazon, Flex is available in more than 50 US cities with “limited seats” for drivers in each.

The retail giant was down more than 32% yoy as of Thursday afternoon.

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