Last week, Amazon introduced a program that will its allow delivery people to enter your house. It will begin next week in Seattle and 36 other cities. Okay, to be fair, Amazon Key, as the Prime members' service is called, will be totally optional, the delivery people would be authorized for one-time entries for a specific delivery, and it would all be on camera so you could watch it all happen in real time. Plus, it's just meant to help stop your packages from being stolen from your front porches (or so says Amazon). But don't you still find the idea...unnerving?
If you do, you're not alone. A poll released Wednesday confirms that the country hasn't totally lost its senses yet, and 68 percent of adults said they would be uncomfortable allowing delivery drivers access to their house. Fifty-three percent said the idea made them "very uncomfortable."
The poll, conducted by market research company Morning Consult and based on responses from 2,201 adults around the country collected between Oct. 26 to 30, showed that absolutely no sector of our society is comfortable with delivery people entering their houses — including young people.
If you look at the responses by age, 52 percent of people ages 18 to 29 were uncomfortable with the idea, and the older respondents got, the more it freaked them out, with 83 percent of respondents over 65 feeling uncomfortable with it.
Of course, some people saw this coming.
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
I'm excited to watch the 2030 Netflix docudrama about the Amazon Key murders
— Larissa Barrett (@larlibarrett) October 25, 2017
Amazon Key has so much potential for bad situations. Rape, assault, hidden cams, theft... Service sounds great but a hacker could do damage
— Raymund ∞ (@Raymundg15) October 25, 2017
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
And hey, The Stranger predicted it too, sort of, in our informal online poll that 430 people responded to.