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Anti-Ketchup Vendor Fired From Comerica Park

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Hot dogs are a very serious business. So serious that an anti-ketchup vendor was fired from his job because of his condiment beliefs.

Yep, apparently being an anti-ketchup vendor in a pro-ketchup world is a fireable offense.

According to Deadspin, Charley Marcuse gained a reputation at Comerica Park for singing as he walked up and down the aisle. When Marcuse was fired last week by the Detroit Tigers’ concession company everyone assumed that it was because of the singing.

Well, the Detroit News wasn’t satisfied with that simple answer.

The newspaper launched an investigation and found out that Marcuse, who had been singing at Comerica Park for 15 years, was fired because he had some strong opinions about what can and cannot go on a hot dog.

The concession company, Sportservice, hasn’t commented on Marcuse’s firing but the Detroit News has heard “rumblings” about the real reason why the longtime vendor was let go.

The paper writes: “There are rumblings the real reason was ketchup — or Marcuse’s disdain for it. Marcuse, at the ballpark and on Twitter, has been a strong crusader for only putting mustard on a frank. And some fans thought he got combative when they asked for ketchup. There were complaints filed.”

Here’s a video of Marcuse on the job. Do you think he was fired for his singing? Or was he canned for being anti-ketchup?

The Detroit News tracked down Marcuse to get his opinion. The former hot dog vendor said management told him that he was being fired for “general employee conduct.”

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9 Responses to “Anti-Ketchup Vendor Fired From Comerica Park”

  1. Joe Akers

    He was probably fired for his crude and unprofessional behavior towards fans. I've seen this guy in action, so trust when I say he is not a victim.

  2. Sandy Miller Petlick

    I have seen Charley many times at Comerica Park and I have seen him make fun of people wanting ketchup on their hot dogs..he does it with a smile on his face, people need to stop taking life so seriously. Most people love him, the call out his name and seek conversations with him. You can hear him on the Radio and Television broadcasts and it brings a little bit of Comerica Park into your home when you can't be there.

  3. Anonymous

    I have to say he is right, ketchup does not belong on a hot dog! I would hope that kids are cut some slack on the ketchup thing because they are too young to know any better but adults should know better. Just my opinion though and my wife does put ketchup and mustard on her dog so let them have ketchup too I guess.

  4. Anonymous

    My local joint rates their hot dogs NC-17… no catchup for 17 and older

  5. Budd Simons

    I don't care if its a $5 dog at the park, or a $40 steak.. If I want to slop it up w/ketchup, that's my biz!!!! A car salesperson doesn't tell the cust what color they can have,… Dude's been annoying for 10 years, let him be a greeter at walmart, he can pick which cart the fat asses in Detroit use!!!!!

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