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Employees, customers at local KFC go without air conditioning during record heat

Posted at 11:16 PM, Jun 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-22 02:16:11-04

Employees and customers walking into the Kentucky Fried Chicken on Fort Apache Road and Tropicana Avenue are greeted with heat. 

The restaurant has a message posted on their front door warning customers that the air conditioning is broken and the lobby could be 95 degrees or hotter. This as record temperatures continue to bake the valley. 

A former employee at the KFC, who did not want to be identified, said he left because the working conditions were unbearable. 

"It's frustrating at times and there are times that I felt like I just wanted to quit right then and there, because I was so frustrated," he said. 
13 Action News spoke to the district manager of the KFC who said the store isn't violating health code or OSHA policy.
The district manager said  there are three air conditioning units in the building and only the lobby one was broken. However, employees in the kitchen say temperatures can reach up to 99 degrees.
He also said that the air conditioning had been broken for 10 days but was expected to be repaired by the end of the week. 
Employees said they've been baking in the heat for much longer. 
"Like somewhere close to a year.... this hasn't been fixed for a while." said the employee. 
The district manager said he hopes to have the air conditioning working by the end of the week.