There’s A Rat in the Kitchen, What I’ma Gonna Do?*

Because I think it’s kind of important and because I will be visiting Angel Stadium for the upcoming Yankees series, I wish to point out that Angel Stadium is now going to hire night crews to clean up all the trash directly after the games instead of leaving it all there for 12+ hours.

Well, duh.

And while I think their goal of having no violations is a good one, why did it change only after all the publicity and deserved outrage?

I suppose I should be glad that things will hopefully get better, but it makes me feel jaded that their fans weren’t important enough to make it a priority from the day they received their first violation.

*Please tell me you know what song this is. A hundred points for the person who names the band!

6 Comments so far

  1. Jon (unregistered) on August 8th, 2007 @ 12:43 pm


  2. Gina (unregistered) on August 8th, 2007 @ 1:06 pm

    One hundred points for Jon!

  3. Les (unregistered) on August 8th, 2007 @ 1:22 pm

    The question is who had something to gain from publicizing the rat problem. According to today’s LA Times, a sponsor of the Angels, of the 118 violations since 2005 only 2 have occurred this season. It is also important to notice that the “solution” to the problem was always part of the story, not the result of discussion or debate of the problem.

    So it is not fair so say that nothing has been done until the publicity. The problem was already being addressed in a deliberative and reasonable manner.

    If one was a suspicious person, it might look to see if the workers are getting paid more by doing it at night as opposed to the next morning. On could infer that someone representing the workers used the negative publicity to extort this additional compensation from the city, instead of negotiating in good faith.

  4. Gina (unregistered) on August 8th, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

    But even if one WASN’T a suspicious person, they still should never have taken this long to fix the obvious problem. I went back and re-read the artcicle, and the quote is

    “The garbage had been sitting in the seating bowl area after games, and that problem is going to be eliminated as of tonight,” Mead said. “This had been discussed earlier in the year, but it needed a resolution now.”

    That sounds like the solution was right in front of them the whole time, but the bad publicity lit a fire under their butts, so to speak.

    And as far as the workers go, I think the Angels are a fairly profitable team that shouldn’t have to cut corners to ensure a violation-free stadium. I’m guessing this was a contract, like most other cleaning crews, and if the Angels felt like they were getting fleeced in the name of expediency, then they should have made sure that it was a very short contract.

  5. Mike (unregistered) on August 8th, 2007 @ 3:30 pm

    Is this really an issue with the food sitting in the stadium overnight or an issue with the lack of cleanliness in the food prep areas? If the food prep areas were kept clean, the rats, and subsequently, violations wouldn’t be there.

    Hiring night crews to clean the seats is an admirable task and one that installs the feeling of instant (re)action in customers, but the fact that the food prep areas provide harborage of rodents appears to be going unmitigated….

  6. Gina (unregistered) on August 8th, 2007 @ 3:39 pm

    I remember reading in the original OC Register article that

    “The refuse can sit out for more than 12 hours before it is collected, a time lag that may help account for the 118 vermin violations that county officials logged at stadium kiosks and restaurants over the last 2 ½ years.

    Of those reports, 33 represent “major” violations, in which “rodent activity” was observed by health inspectors in a “critical area” of 18 stadium food venues.”

    I think I also read that food prep workers would leave food out overnight as well. Here is the quote from The Register

    “The reason the stadium allows discarded food and unwashed dishes to sit for up to 12 hours after a game is because it has a set maintenance schedule, McKay said. Maintenance crews are scheduled to begin cleaning around 5 a.m. the morning after a game, night or day.”

    I’m assuming the night crew will also clean up food prep areas as well. At least that is what I am hoping.

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