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Amazon is now giving away free bananas to anyone who walks by its Seattle headquarters.
Amazon is now giving away free bananas to anyone who walks by its Seattle headquarters. (GeekWire Photo, Jacob Demmitt)

Whoever says Amazon doesn’t give away free food clearly hasn’t visited the company’s campus this week.

Amazon has opened a “Community Banana Stand,” which is exactly what you would imagine. The stand is open every day between 8 a.m. and about 3:30 p.m., with free bananas available to anyone who walks by — employee or not.

Amazon opened a "Community Banana Stand" in Seattle.
Amazon opened a “Community Banana Stand” in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo)

The stand is staffed by “banistas” and even offers fun banana facts. Today, I learned that a banana is technically a berry. Who knew?

A banana from Amazons new banana stand.

An Amazon spokesperson tells GeekWire the stand opened for the first time yesterday. As long as it’s popular, it will be a fixture of the company’s campus in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.

“Bananas are a great healthy snack with built-in compostable packaging,” an Amazon spokesman said in a statement. “We hope the community likes it, and if they do, we’ll keep doing it.”

The banana stand is a pretty clear attempt to spread some good vibes around Seattle after what has been a rough few months for the e-commerce giant’s public image. The New York Times recently criticized the company’s culture in a widely read expose, alleging — among other things — that Amazon is stingy when it comes to giving employees free food.

I may not know what the buffet line looks like at company meetings, but I can say my first trip to the banana stand was everything I could have hoped for.

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