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Published On: Thu, May 23rd, 2013

VIDEO: Houston Astros fan witnesses snow cone vendor bringing the food into the bathroom

In a most foul situation, a baseball fan at the Minute Maid Park in Houston witnessed and made a cell phone video of a snow cone vendor bringing his wares inside the bathroom stall while he conducted his business.

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In the video, you can see the now unemployed vendor place the snow cones to be sold to the unsuspecting fans at the baseball game right on the filthy bathroom stall floor, just an arms length from where he sat on the toilet.

The person who recorded the video and gave it to Local 2 in Houston said: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. This guy is taking a dump. There’s no doubt about it. What sane person could possibly think, yeah this is a good idea. I’ll just put the food that I’m about to sell on the floor.”

The vendor, an employee of ARAMARK, was fired from his job. New Houston Astros’ president, Reid Ryan made it very clear telling the television station, “Well, right away, I just thought, ‘We gotta let this guy go. There is no doubt about it.’ That was my decision.” This was Ryan’s first game as Astro’s president.

In an official statement from Mr Ryan on the Astro’s website:

“The Astros were notified immediately by our partner ARAMARK of the incident involving a vendor on Monday night. We commend the swift reaction displayed by ARAMARK of terminating the employee immediately upon learning of the incident that evening. This isolated incident was a clear violation of our food safety practices and is not reflective of our standards.

“The Astros share ARAMARK’s view on the importance of food safety and will work with them to ensure that our fans have a safe and outstanding experience at Minute Maid Park. We also commend the fan for his vigilance in pointing out the inappropriate actions of the vendor. The Astros personally thanked him and advised him of the swift action taken in regard to the employee.”

In adddition, ARAMARK made the following statement:

“Food safety is extremely important to us. This vendor’s actions were a clear violation of our food safety practices and are not reflective of our standards. This was an isolated incident by a third-party subcontractor and we promptly dealt with the matter when it was brought to our attention.”

The tray of snow cones was destroyed, the vendor fired and ARAMARK was cited for the food safety violation.
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  1. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    IN THE VIDEO, Houston Astros President Reid Ryan WAS CORRECT WHEN HE STATED NOTHING COULD BE DONE TO PREVENT THIS FROM RE-OCCURRING.

    OBVIOUSLY, VENDORS WANT TO SELL AS MUCH PRODUCT, AS POSSIBLE. TO TAKE A BREAK AND RE-STOCK AFTER THE BREAK IS, OBVIOUSLY, TOO TIME-CONSUMING. PEOPLE, THIS IS NOTHING NEW. MANY MALES CONSIDER IT TO BE “MANLY” TO SHAKE HANDS UPON GREETING; PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT STANDARDS WHEN IT COMES TO PERSONAL HYGIENE. MY POINT IS, A PART OF DEALING WITH THE PUBLIC IS DEALING WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIRTY HANDS – EVEN, WHEN IT COMES TO HANDLING FOOD. IN MEMPHIS, THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONSTANTLY FAILS RESTAURANTS WHO HAVE EMPLOYEES CAUGHT HANDLING FOOD WITH DIRTY HANDS.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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