What does today’s recipient have in common with yesterday’s recipient? They both carry things for a living. Harold from yesterday carries the mail in DC while Ryan carries beer for thirsty sports fans at the Redskins games.
The 21-year-old, who wears a badge identifying him as Vendor #623, said that today was his first day on the job! I asked him how it was going and he said, “The beer is heavy. Really heavy.” Just for that I bought one of his chilled Budweisers…you know, to help his tired arms and aching back out. The container he is carrying around looks like it holds about a case and a half of 16 oz bottles. Add some ice and water to that and you got a back-breaker of a load.
He says that he has already gone back three times to pick up additional beer. He kept moving and I followed him a little bit and talked to him between his sales.
He told me that is a sophomore studying business at the University of Maryland. I’m quite certain that in his first hours at work there at the stadium he has already learned some business skills. I am guessing that he has learned a thing or two about the price inelasticity of demand when it comes to products like alcohol! Maybe he can get college credit for his job. It doesn’t matter that he is selling beers for ten times the cost that they would be sold at a supermarket, people will still buy it. I bet they could charge $15 a beer and still have tremendous sales. I hope owner Dan Snyder is not reading my blog and getting any ideas!
Well no surprise here what Ryan chose to do with the $10. Yep, he’s going to buy some beer when he gets off of work.
As for the game, the Redskins held a 17-point lead late in the 3rd quarter and then managed to blow it giving up 20 points to loose 27-30 to the Houston Texans. The season is not looking good…