Amazon's solution for employees who no longer want to work there – pay them to quit

Online retail giant Amazon is paying its employees who no longer want to work there.

The company will give employees up to $US5000 (NZ$7223) if they choose to leave the company, and never return. 

More than 100 thousand employees get the offer each year, but only a few people take it up. 

The payout, named "Pay to Quit", is said to be about weeding out employees who are not committed to the job. 

Chief executive and founder Jeff Bezos does not want anyone to take him up on the offer, but as the richest man in the world, he can afford to part with the sum of money.

The idea comes as more and more companies look to use different approaches to motivate their employees. 

The online retail giant will give employees $7000 should they choose to walk away. Source: 1 NEWS


Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen received secret $600,000 to fix talks with Ukraine's leader

It's been revealed President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of almost $600,000 to fix talks between the US President and his Ukrainian counterpart.

Ukraine's leader, Petro Poroshenko, met Trump at the White House last year.

The country then dropped it's corruption investigation into Trump's former campaign manager following the meeting.

All parties have denied the allegations. 

Donald Trump and long-time lawyer Michael Cohen
Donald Trump and long-time lawyer Michael Cohen. Source: Associated Press/1 NEWS composite


Watch: Shoppers look on in disbelief as hammer-wielding thief performs smash and grab at Michael Hill in busy mall

Shoppers at a mall in Melbourne's south-west looked on with shocked expressions as a balaclava-clad thief smashed his way into a jewellery display with a hammer and made off with goods from a Michael Hill shop during a busy afternoon yesterday.

The brazen theft was captured in a dramatic Snapchat video, showing the moment the thief whipped out two hammers and stormed the Michael Hill in a Werribee shopping centre, Nine News reports.

A crowd of disbelieving shoppers can be seen gathering around the scene as the man commits his smash and grab before dashing off with an unknown amount of jewellery.

Police say the man raced outside the mall and took off in a dark coloured sedan.

No arrests have yet been made.