Sydney’s air conditioning has been beset with black market issues, as many disgruntled citizens are turning to cheap knock-offs to cool their public places after the government regulations on heating and cooling.
The new rules, which tightly control the temperature in many public places, have angered Sydney residents and caused protests in several areas. Many nightclub attendees have expressed outrage at the clubs being heated, which lessens the time they can spend tearing up the dance floor. Police have made several raids on clubs that have been revealed to be using illegal cooling, often with air con units that are not up to a national standard.
“It’s horrifying to hear about,” said one Sydney air con specialist. “Sometimes the way these machines cool is plain awful for the environment and everyone in range. They’re made of cheap materials, can often break down and cool by breathing harmful cooling agents into the air, which can irritate asthma sufferers and cause general breathing problems. It’s much safer to buy local and have them installed by professionals.”
Investigations are still underway to uncover the source of the illicit technology, though police suspect it may be imported and assembled in underground clubs that are illegally cooled.
“We simply can’t break into the groove,” said Officer Burns, a local police chief. “They could be making anything on those red-hot D-floors, and we wouldn’t know. All those shifty corners and dark booths of iniquity…and the dancing is so furious and intense in the cool air, there’s no way we can get close. A couple of times we’ve conducted a raid and people have just kept dancing because the music is so loud. We cannot compete with the groove, making this a sad day for Sydney’s air conditioning services.”
Councils are warning citizens to have their air con units checked by professionals, and to not by units sold in dark alleyways by suspicious people in very bulky trench coats.