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Dollar Tree Hit With $100,000 Penalty For Locking Emergency Exit At Dallas Store

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In this Thursday, May 26, 2016, photo, a shopper leaves a Dollar Tree store in Encinitas, Calif. On Thursday, Aug. 25, Dollar Tree reports financial results.

Dollar Tree and the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration have settled on a $100,000 penalty after one of the chain's Dallas stores was cited last month for locking an emergency exit

Juan Rodriguez, an OSHA spokesman, said arrangements have been made to pay the settled $100,000 by Sept. 7. OSHA initially inspected the store on E R. L. Thornton Freeway this past Feburary after a referral from a whistleblower investigator. 

"Maintaining a safe workplace environment for our associates is a key priority," Dollar Tree spokeswoman Kayleigh Painter told KERA in a prepared statement. "We are continually working to ensure compliance with OSHA regulations at all of our stores." 

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