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Snow cone vendor fired by Astros over bathroom pics

May 23, 2013 at 5:59 PM

HOUSTON, May 23 (UPI) -- The president of the Houston Astros said he fired a snow cone vendor who was photographed setting a box of his products on a men's room floor.

Reid Ryan, president of the team and son of baseball great Nolan Ryan, said the vendor was fired immediately when officials saw the pictures of him sitting on the toilet at Minute Maid Park with the box of wares on the floor next to him, KPRC-TV, Houston, reported Thursday.

"Well, right away, I just thought, 'We gotta let this guy go. There is no doubt about it.' That was my decision," Ryan said.

Food services contractor Aramark said the situation was dealt with quickly, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday.

"Food safety is extremely important to us. This vendor's actions were a clear violation of our food safety practices and are not reflective of our standards. This was an isolated incident by a third-party subcontractor and we promptly dealt with the matter when it was brought to our attention," the company said in a statement.

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