By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
Our host wrote earlier of the row over a WTC hotdog vendor accused of fleecing unsuspecting tourists by charging up to thirty dollars per hot dog. Now, the vendor has been terminated by his employer.
It is believed he took advantage of foreign tourists unfamiliar with the exchange rates of U.S. currency by failing to post actual prices then naming a price that was up to ten times the actual market rate.
Pariah Hot Dog Vendor Ahmed Mohammed also is accused by his boss Abdelalim Abdelbaky of pocketing the extra money and proffering he sold the dogs for two dollars each. Reportedly, Abdelbaky’s family will assume the hundreds of dollars in fines the city levied against Mohammed for failing to post his prices–in violation of municipal code.
After WNBC broadcast its investigation, the city served Mohammed with three citations and Abdelbaky fired him.
Tourists and Hot Dog connoisseurs can now relish in justice being served.
By Darren Smith
Source: Fox News
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13 thoughts on “NYC Vendor In Hot Water Over Selling $30 Hot Dogs–Grilled By Media Then Fired By Boss”
Karl Denniger had a really good point about this, which is “Why are we sooo irate about a hot dog vendor doing this, when doctors and hospitals do it all the time’???
Squeeky wrote: “Why are we sooo irate about a hot dog vendor doing this, when doctors and hospitals do it all the time’???”
Wonder when the feds are going to charge Goldman Sachs, Bain Capital and Mitt – for ripping off U.S.?
I’m trying to help get them there – and now have a N.Y. law firm on the case.
HAH, Don de Drain, that was a GOOD one!
Here is another example of why business owners need the right to fire employees for cause.
Exchange rates can be tricky, especially in the first few days in a new country. I feel bad for the tourists affected. I’ve enjoyed the kindness of strangers in foreign countries, and wish travelers to the US the same experience.
This story reminds me of the company that decided to market a hot dog where one end of the hot dog was made of meat and the other end was made of soybeans. They ended up filing for bankruptcy because they couldn’t make both ends meat.
LOL with all the Hot Dog buns, uh, I mean puns.
It’s amazing what people won’t do for money!!! I’m not surprised anymore.
One has to wonder how many he actually sold for $30 instead of the intended $2. And since he was fired for cause, he won’t get unemployment insurance. He will be added to the uninsured unemployed.
Uh-oh hot dog! Sorry, had to do it.
Hot digitty dog! I lived in Cincinnati for two years with its largely German-American population and Octobestfests that went on for weeks. Don’t ask for a ” hot dog” – they will look at you like you’re totally uncouth. It’s a brat or met or some of the other types I no longer recall. Served on a steamed bun with course-ground mustard and warm kraut. And of course die bier! OMG, so good!
So justice will “catchup” with the fraudulent hot dog vendor after all. Thanks for reporting on this, Darren.
(I’m reading this while enjoying two 60-cent smoked sausage dogs I cooked myself. Amazing all the cheap food you can get when you don’t rely on crooked vendors to supply your meals.)
Are you being frank?
I got nuthin.
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