Bomb threats. Heat stress. Assaults. Just your typical summer at an Amazon.com warehouse in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania reports that the Amazon facility in Upper Macungie has been a “constant headache for township supervisors” since it opened last year.
Things culminated last week after a former employee allegedly called in a bomb threat against Amazon. According to the report, Amazon offered to foot the bill for 24-hour police surveillance after the threat.
But that’s not all. Morning Call reporter Devon Lash notes that Amazon is now under investigation by the U.S. Labor Department after complaints arose about heat stress in the company’s distribution center. According to the report, Amazon is in the process of installing temporary air-conditioning units at the facility.
Temperatures are expected in the upper nineties in the Allentown area this week.
The report notes that roughly 20 percent of police activity in the township is related to the Amazon facility, prompting township supervisor Sam Ashmar to say: “We’re not financing a police force for Amazon.”