No game, no pay
In addition to the suffering of small store owners and the many decent citizens of the riot-stricken Baltimore neighborhoods, add some more forgotten victims – the workers who pick up some extra cash working the concession stands when the Orioles play in Camden Yards. A few games were canceled because of the riots, and other scheduled home games have been moved to Florida. And, in a historic first, the Orioles competed against the Chicago White Sox before a crowd of none. Sure, the home team managed to win, but fans couldn't celebrate in person by buying an extra drink or hot dog. And maybe tossing an extra tip to the minimum wage worker just because. As TMZ reports:
... the concession stands were also bare ... and now several employees are furious ... wondering if they're going to get paid for the work they were forced to miss.
Of course, the decision to close the ballpark to the public was made by the MLB, the Orioles and the Baltimore PD for the safety of the fans ... in the wake of the riots.
But several concession stand employees were counting on gameday paychecks -- paychecks they might not be getting since they were told to stay home.
And it's not just today's game -- stadium employees didn't work Monday or Tuesday either since those games were cancelled. And the 3 home games scheduled for this upcoming weekend have been relocated to Florida. In total, that's 6 games worth of work.
"They have not spoken to us about compensation," one concession worker tells TMZ Sports ... "I've received emails from [my employer] regarding the cancellation of games, but nothing mentioning pay."
Another worker says, "I have a daughter. I ride my bike to the bus to get to work. I'm trying to provide for my daughter. I need this work."
But as David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama (D), noted:
Something eerily sad and symbolic about America's pastime being played before an empty stadium in a locked down city. http://t.co/h8Wzq3SvPM— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) April 29, 2015
Yes, Mr. Axelrod, what was "eerily sad and symbolic about America's pastime being played before an empty stadium in a locked down city" is more clear proof of the liberal left Democratic failure. It's a failure of community organizing, and a failure of those who get rich worrying about workers and proposing grandiose plans to help workers they privately scorn.
But don't worry, David Axelrod: sadly and symbolically, you and your fellow thinkers will enrich yourselves by imposing more of your schemes on the country while the rest of us, especially those out-of-work concession workers, continue to suffer.