Monday, August 6, 2007

Angels In The Outfield, Vermin In The Kitchen

Now with twice the feces!

So the Anaheim Angels of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA, are playing games in a rat infested shithole and are serving up fecal burgers for about $10 a pop.*

County health officials say they're stepping up enforcement at Angel Stadium, where they've found 118 vermin violations at stadium kiosks and restaurants over the last 2 1/2 years. That's a far worse record than Southern California's other two major-league ballparks.

Thirty-three of those reports represent "major" violations, in which "rodent activity" was observed by health inspectors in a "critical area" of 18 stadium food venues, the Orange County Register reported Sunday.

In the 412 routine inspections of Angel Stadium food venues conducted by the county Health Care Agency since 2005, vermin violations were found 25 percent of the time.
25% of the time there were vermin violations? That is unreal. Compared to the Angels stadium the back alley restaurants in Chinatown seem clean enough to perform surgery in. But I think I may have figured out the problem. Stadium director Mike McKay is getting his "s-word" mixed. He's treating the problem as a mental health issue as opposed to one about sanitation:
Mike McKay, stadium director of facilities services, said discarded food and unwashed dishes sometimes sit for up to 12 hours. Whether it's a day game or a night game, maintenance crews begin cleaning around 5 a.m. the next day, he said.

"It's a matter of sanity," he said. "This group of people get shifted around a lot. It's hard to find people to do that on a consistent basis."
Yes Mike. It is a matter of sanity, and sanitation for that matter. When the director of a Stadium feels as though it is ok to leave dirty dishes lying around for 12 hours in a rat infested shithole and then "blames" (though I would suggest he is essentially blaming his own mismanagement of the staff) the lack of "consistency" in the staff situation (whatever that means) for the problem, one could argue that that person lacks sanity. One could also point out that when the person responsible for the sanitation of a large public facility mistakes the word "sanitation" for "sanity," you may have found the root of the problem.

*Burgers in Anaheim may not actually contain feces.

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