Local 2 Investigates: Snow cones on bathroom floor

Published On: May 22 2013 09:58:35 PM CDT   Updated On: May 23 2013 06:36:13 PM CDT

May 23, 2013: Health officials react to the video of a food vendor how took snow cones into a ball park restroom. Bill Spencer reports


The Houston Astros are winning, the hot dogs are selling, and all is right with the world at Minute Maid Park. But not inside a men’s restroom.

Cell phone video shows a ball park snow cone vendor sitting on a toilet in a stall with an entire box full of the products he’s about to sell. They sit on the bathroom floor right next to him.

The person who recorded the video and gave it to Local 2 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 man complained about what he saw right away.

Just hours into his brand new job, Reid Ryan, the Houston Astros' new president and son of Nolan Ryan, had just attended his first game as the MLB team's president when Local 2’s Bill Spencer told him the news.

"This being your first game. Your first day on the job. What was going through your head when you heard what happened?" Local 2’s Bill Spencer asked Ryan.

"Well, right away, I just thought, 'We gotta let this guy go. There is no doubt about it.' That was my decision," Ryan told Spencer.

Ryan said that snow cone vendor was fired immediately.

When asked what the ball park could do to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again, Ryan responded: "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."


Local 2 Investigates: Ball park food on bathroom floor

May 22, 2013: Cell phone video captures a Houston Astros' snow cone vendor leaving food that parkgoers are about to buy and eat while he uses the toilet. See the Raw Video. Bill Spencer reports.


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