Snow Cones In Bathroom: Should Houston Astros Vendor Have Been Fired? [POLL]

By Melissa Siegel, Posted: 05/23/13 02:11PM EDT

Snow cones in a bathroom led one Houston Astros vendor to be fired.

Local 2 in Houston obtained video from a fan at Minute Maid Park earlier this week. The clip in question clearly shows a vendor doing his business in a bathroom stall, with a tray of snow cones on the floor next to him.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," the whistleblower told Local 2 about the snow cones in the bathroom. "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."

Per Associated Press, the vendor in question was actually an employee of ARAMARK, which runs the food services at Minute Maid. The seller in who brought the snow cones into the bathroom was fired immediately.

"The Astros were notified immediately by our partner ARAMARK of the incident involving a vendor on Monday night," the team's new president, Reid Ryan, said in a statement. "We commend the swift reaction displayed by ARAMARK of terminating the employee immediately upon learning of the incident that evening."

Most seem to agree that this vendor deserved to be fired for his horrible judgment. Ted Berg of For The Win noted that he too used to sell food at stadiums, and while he understood why the vendor brought the snow cones into the bathroom, Berg admitted that other choices were readily available.

"Vendors at many stadiums are responsible for the dollar value of every item of every tray they bring out to the stands, so ditching the three snow cones might have cost him the equivalent of more than an hour's worth of work," Berg wrote. "Still, as a former vendor myself I can say with some confidence that there had to be another option. Certainly he could find some co-worker to look after his tray for a couple of minutes, or stash them behind the counter with a friendly concessionaire."

However, some people, including a group of commenters on Hardball Talk, think the punishment was too harsh for this vendor who brought snow cones in a bathroom.

"As far as I can tell he was following the 18 inch from toilet rule," wrote ireportyoudecide. "I don't see what the issue is."

"People are over reacting, what if someone wanted a snow cone while taking a dump, this
guy was right there, come on cut the guy a break," added fanofevilempire.

Do you think this vendor deserved to be fired for bringing snow cones into the bathroom? Or did the Astros and ARAMARK overreact to the situation? Vote in our poll below.

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