Did an anti-ketchup vendor at Comerica Park in Detroit lose his long-time gig over the condiment? That is what seems to be the case, though the Detroit Tigers concession vendor, Sportservice, isn't getting terribly specific about why the singing hot dog man has been let go. The Detroit News shared the details on Sept. 12.
Charley Marcuse has been known as the “singing hot dog man” for 15 years. While that part of his sales approach seemed to be a hit with the fans at Comerica Park, lately the anti-ketchup vendor's stance on the condiment apparently led to multiple customer complaints.
Marcuse is a strong believer that hot dogs should only have mustard added to them, and that ketchup has no place in a hot dog bun. It seems he had become very vocal about this belief, both on Twitter and in the ball park. Some Detroit Tigers fans felt he became combative when they asked for ketchup, and it got to the point where some complaints were filed.
Was the anti-ketchup vendor's antics over condiments really the cause for his dismissal? His singing had also been an issue over the years, but he had been doing it throughout his tenure so it would seem odd for it to suddenly lead to a dismissal. The Detroit News indicates that Charley Marcuse had a 10-minute meeting with management last week, and after that, he was let go. He has filed a grievance, so many will be interested to see what comes next.
Though Marcuse is passionate about his mustard, even creating his own line called Charley's Ballpark Mustard, it seems a bit bizarre that a distaste for ketchup could be so strong that it would cost him a long-time job. Is there more to the story of the anti-ketchup vendor losing this gig? Nobody is getting very specific at this point given the grievance filed, so curious minds will need to stay tuned.