Last Thursday my friend Rick got some cheap tickets to see the Nationals play the Colorado Rockies so I went to the game. I figured it would be fun to give my $10 to whoever was sitting next to me at the game. We had tickets in section 309, row C, seats 1-3. So, I figured whoever had seat 4 is getting $10!
It turns out nobody was sitting in seat 4…but there was a woman who had 5. So I offered her my $10 but she refused. I gave it my all to try to convince her but I was unsuccessful…she wouldn’t even tell me her first name. Oh well. I then found Jimmy.
Jimmy is a vendor who climbs the steps of the stands all game long hawking snacks and beverages. This is not an easy job…you are constantly carrying around a backbreaking container of goods navigating your way up and down stadium steps. And get this, there is no salary. That’s right, Jimmy said he only gets commission and tips.
He works for a company that places him in a variety of different stadiums. Hailing from Baltimore, he said he is not that much of a Nationals fan. Actually he says he likes football more than baseball, especially the Baltimore Ravens.
I couldn’t keep Jimmy too long. After all, he was working and his wages are a direct correlation to how much he sells, so I didn’t want him to lose potential income. The 28-year-old says a good day he brings in a couple of hundred dollars. My $10 was going toward gas he said.
Check out this short video of Jimmy in action!
The Nats ended up losing the game 2-0. On an upside though, it was Earth Day and the ballpark had a special offer that if you brought recyclable items to the stadium you could buy a future ticket for half price. I did just that and will be going to see my favorite team, the New York Mets, play when they come to town in May!
Don’t forget to tip your servers and vendors for good service!