We all know the delivery struggle. All the world's couriers must have trained at Ninja School or something, because more often than not, you'll receive a notice of a delivery "attempt" at your apartment rather than the package itself.
Plus, if you've ever lived in an apartment complex filled with a bunch of thieves, you know how frustrating it can be when you've received an email that your package was successfully delivered, only to later discover that the building's resident crackhead stole your baby clothes for ramen noodles and needles.
So Amazon, hoping to make the delivery process more reliable, decided it'd be a good idea to develop a solution that would ensure people had their packages delivered right to their homes. It's called Amazon Key.
It's part smart lock, part camera that gives delivery people one time access to unlocked your home's door to deliver a package. Now it seems super secure. There's a camera. There's a registered delivery driver who's name and social security number and all sorts of personal data and held by Amazon. So if they got access to your home and decided to poop in your toilet or steal your underwear, Amazon would know about it.
But it's still giving total strangers access to your home. Which understandably, has people spooked.
I mean yes, we want our packages, but the image of someone you don't know coming into your home is just too much for people to handle.
People are coming up with very realistic scenarios.
*Calls Customer Service*— Kevin Plantz (@KevinPlantz) October 25, 2017
Hi. I used the Amazon Key service and now my Xbox is missing. Also, they let my cat out. I’d like to cancel.
Others got a little more drastic with their worst-case-scenarios.
Amazon Key is a new service that allows strangers to enter your home, hide in your closet, and kill you in your sleep. Free with Prime!— Michael Hicks (@MikeH5856) October 25, 2017
The new season of Dateline is brought to you by Amazon Key - bringing stalkers and victims together in a hip new way.— Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) October 25, 2017
Others just used it as an opportunity to tell more lighthearted jokes.
Others couldn't believe that Amazon would officially announce its Key service after some serious consideration.
I can't imagine there were a lot of women (or perhaps any) on the team that came up with Amazon Key. Good lord.— Charles Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) October 25, 2017
Amazon Key is a prime example of putting convenience over our Constitutional right to privacy.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) October 25, 2017
Is Amazon Key purely a publicity stunt to draw ire but put Amazon's name/willingness to innovate out there?— Matt McClannahan (@mehtastic) October 25, 2017
Amazon biz model:— Financial Tailor (@Financialtailor) October 25, 2017
1 Sell Books
2 Sell everything
3 Free 2day shipping
4 Amazon key, get access to house
5 Steal everything back
Others didn't think it was all bad.
I could see Amazon Key working in certain areas but only in places where packages consistently get stolen from outside your home.— Skeleton Macho (@Machomadness170) October 25, 2017
Would you ever use the service? Or is it gonna be a no for you?
I used to be an Amazon Key courier, now I'm your roommate— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) October 25, 2017
If you opt out, you could be missing out on exciting opportunities to meet new people!