If you’re skittish about eating at the ballpark, this video of a sno-cone vendor allegedly using the toilet while his product sits next to him on the bathroom floor probably isn’t going to help.
According to Channel 2 in Houston, the incident occurred at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros [insert joke about how horrible the Astros are this year and wait for hate mail].
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” says the man who snapped this video on his phone. “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.”
He tells Channel 2 that he complained to the stadium immediately, and the vendor was given the ol’ heave-ho.
“Well, right away, I just thought, ‘We gotta let this guy go. There is no doubt about it,'” said Reid Ryan, newly installed president of the Astros organization (and son of some guy Nolan Ryan, who apparently used to be in a lot of TV commercials or something).
In a statement to Chron.com, Ryan thanked the fan who snapped the video and alerted management. Meanwhile, ARAMARK, the company that actually runs the vending at Minute Maid Park (and lots of other stadiums), released the following comment:
“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.”