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article imageHouston Astros vendor fired, unsanitary act caught on video

By Ashley Woods     May 23, 2013 in Sports
Houston - A Houston Astros vendor is fired after his unsanitary act is caught on video by a fan. While this act is surely under the hygiene par, it is the least of ballpark health concerns.
Maybe you'll think twice before you place your next ballpark order.
A vendor at Houston's Minute Maid Park was fired after he set a tray of snow cones on the bathroom floor during an Astros game. A fan caught the unsanitary action on video, tracked down another employee and demanded to speak with a supervisor. The fan then shared the video with Houston's Local 2 News.
ARAMARK manages the food services at the park and noted that the vendor's decision was, “a clear violation of our food safety practices and are not reflective of our standards.”
Ballpark vendors are required to obtain a Food Handler's License, but this snow cone incident is not isolated. ESPN's “Outside the Lines” reviewed the health inspection reports from the 107 arenas serving food and beverages to sports fans.
Mold and cockroaches seem to be the least of concerns. “At 30 of the venues (28 percent), more than half of the concession stands or restaurants had been cited for at least one "critical" or "major" health violation.”
Vendors, as part of their contract, are often responsible for the dollar amount of each item. To throw out the snow cones, the vendor would have to cover the cost out-of-pocket. With the expense of ballpark food, that cost may very well be over an hours wage. Essentially, his decision was between his wallet or a foodborne illness, and since the foodborne illness wouldn't affect him, well, you get the point.
New Astros' president, Reid Ryan, was notified immediately by ARAMARK after the incident occurred. Ryan, when asked what measures the ballpark will be implementing to prevent further occurrences, said, “I don’t think there is anything you can do to make sure human beings don’t make mistakes. What you can do is make sure all employees are trained and that our policies are followed."
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