Houston vendor fired for taking snow cones in bathroom
MAY 23, 2013 12:35a ET
You might want to think twice before buying your next snow cone at a Houston Astros game.
A food vendor in Houston has been fired after cell phone footage caught the man laying a tray of snow cones on the ground while going to the restroom on Monday night.
The incident was caught on a cell phone at Minute Maid Park. The footage was turned over to the local NBC affiliate and aired on the newscast as well as being posted to their website.
"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," the man who recorded the video told Local 2, according to their website. "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 footage shows the man confronting what looks like another Minute Maid Park employee and notifying him about what is going on before asking to speak to his supervisor.
Reid Ryan, the new Houston Astros president, was told by the news station's Bill Spencer about the video.
"Well, right away, I just thought, 'We gotta let this guy go. There is no doubt about it. That was my decision," Ryan said, according to Local 2, when Spencer asked Ryan what he thought about the incident.
Later in the evening, Ryan released an official statement, stating "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."
ARAMARK runs all of the food services at Minute Maid Park.
Monday night was Ryan's first game to attend as the team's new president.