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Anti-ketchup vendor for the Detroit Tigers fired after 15 years

Comerica Park's famous singing hot dog vendor has been fired.
Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   Sept. 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM   |   Comments

Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Over the weekend, a hot dog vendor for the Detroit Tigers' Comerica Park that became famous for singing lost his job.

It was first assumed the vendor, Charley Mancuse, was fired for his singing, but now, there are rumblings that he was fired for having a conniption about condiments.

Marcuse, at the ballpark and on Twitter, has been a strong crusader for only putting mustard on a hot dog. Some fans thought he got combative when they asked for ketchup. There were complaints filed.

“It’s gonna be very weird. I’ll sort of have the mentality as if they’re away. So it’ll be weird knowing they’re here,” Marcuse said Thursday.

"It’ll probably take a little while for it really to hit home.

“I hope that there’s some way to come back.”

Marcuse was fired after a 10-minute meeting with management of the Tigers' concession vendor, Sportservice. He has filed a grievance, as the vendors are unionized.

Sportservice did not give a reason why he was fired -- but they did say it was not because of his singing. He had been selling hot dogs in the stadium for 15 years, selling between 150 and 200 hot dogs a night. He even spun off his own line of mustard, Charley's Ballpark Mustard, that is sold in area grocery stores.

“It’s a job I love that I would like to keep doing,” Marcuse said.

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