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Royals fans upset about the subpar hot dogs served during Buck Night

Chris Cwik
Big League Stew

There's nothing better than having a hot dog at a ball game. So, when a team offers hot dogs for just $1, it shouldn't come as a surprise that fans are willing to jump at the opportunity.

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Kansas City Royals fans are having some second thoughts about cheap hot dogs after their most recent Buck Night. The quality of $1 hot dogs being served were not up to standard, according to KCTV5.


The above photo shows a normal, full-price hot dog at Kauffman Stadium, and one of the $1 dogs served on Buck Night. One fan, Neal Ross, attempted to return his subpar dog, but was told he could not.

"They kind of told us, 'well they're a dollar, so you get what you get,'" Ross said.

This was far from the only picture KCTV5 received from disgruntled fans. 

As the above tweet states, a company called Aramark manages concessions for the club. Aramark released a statement following the event, claiming their health inspector found no violations with the hot dogs.

"Customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us and we take all guest concerns seriously. During Friday night's game, where we served 63,000 hot dogs, the Kansas City Health Department was onsite to inspect our buck night hot dog operations and found no violations. We are aware of the images posted to social media and are in the process of investigating and contacting those guests to get more information. As previously stated, we strive to ensure the food served at Kauffman Stadium is great tasting, of the highest quality and safe to eat."

This is not the first time the Royals, and Aramark, have been involved in this type of situation. In November, a food safety manager for both the Royals and Chiefs told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" about the subpar food practices taking place in both stadiums.

The employee, Jon Costa, claims he reached out to Aramark a number of times before going public with the story. Costa was fired a few weeks ago, according to the KCTV5 report. 

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Given the circumstances, and the fact that the club has been embroiled in similar controversy in the past, it's tough to imagine much coming out of this. Aramark may investigate the situation, but it's not as if the partnership between the company and the ball club will end.

At least fans in Kansas City have some fantastic options to eat away from the ballpark. Next time you're thinking about having a hot dog at the game, maybe consider hitting up your favorite barbeque joint away from the stadium instead.

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Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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