The Mets are having such a hard time staffing Citi Field with food and drink vendors amid a dry labor market that the service company responsible has turned to busing in labor from the home of the hated rival Philadelphia Phillies, The Post has learned.
Vendors who usually sling hot dogs and beers at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia have been shuttled on an hours-long bus ride to Queens to serve unsuspecting Mets diehards at some recent home games, according to employees and a union leader.
Food service firm Aramark, which hires vendors at both ballparks, is so desperate to fill positions amid the coronavirus crisis and its related economic downturn, it’s paying Philly-based workers to undertake the sometimes three-hour commute into enemy territory, said Ryan Nissim-Sabat, director of Union 174 in Philadelphia.
The vendors have been shuttled from Philadelphia to Queens.Hunter Martin/Getty Images
“They’re busing them back and forth and paying them for the ride,” said Nissim-Sabat.