It’s safe to say that things between Amazon and the state of Arizona are getting prickly. Earlier this week, the city of Tucson, Arizona, decided to send the company a gift (cough-bribe-cough) in hopes of luring the e-commerce giant to its region. Unfortunately, Amazon rebuffed the gesture, subsequently donating the cactus to a desert museum.
Amazon Headquarters Expanding
Amazon recently made it known that it is scouting locations to house its new $5 billion office, which will be its second headquarters – the original will remain in Seattle, Washington. One of the rumored locations that Amazon is interested in is Tucson, the growing city which currently houses the University of Arizona. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently put together a breakdown of costs and public money that could go toward the company’s new headquarters. Evidently, the city of Tucson is very interested in bringing the behemoth to southern Arizona.
The economic development company, Sun Corridor Inc, has been busy putting a proposal together for the offices’ potential location in Tucson. The firm thought a little gift sent to Amazon couldn’t hurt its case, so it shipped a 21-foot Saguaro Cactus to Bezos and company. Amazon quickly responded via Twitter saying it does not accept gifts, so they sent the cactus to a museum. They did thank Corridor and Tucson for the gesture though.
No Gifts Policy
Perhaps it is a good idea for Amazon to not accept any gifts regardless of where they are from. Other cities that have been rumored as a future home for the company include Chicago, Boston, Toronto, and Pittsburgh among others. Accepting that cactus could have set a dangerous precedent. If Amazon took that gift from Arizona, what would stop Boston from sending one of Tom Brady’s super bowl rings to Amazon? Would the city of Pittsburgh offer every Amazon employee a lifetime supply of Heinz Ketchup? Is it possible for a deep-dish pizza to remain fresh when sent from Chicago to Seattle? Sadly, thanks to Amazon’s policy, we may never know the answers to these burning questions.