Oh, I see that the Rascals have designated ONE section for every Wednesday game. Cool! The Cards have only announced it for one game, and will apparently reevaluate afterwards. Seems fair.
This is becoming more common and several MLB stadiums have announced nut-free sections for certain home games. It started with the Minnesota Twins, I think. I've written the Braves, but they haven't seen fit to return my email just yet.
There are two ways to look at this Peanut-Free Section at the Old Ballgame thing.
Baseball teams are businesses. They want customers because customers come to their stadiums and leave lots of their money behind. The teams scoop up all that money and use it to pay the players and the peopleguys who mow the grass and the peanut vendors and the parking attendants, etc.
There are people who work for the teams who try to get more customers to come to the stadium so they can scoop up more money. Hmmm.....some people really can't come because of the peanut allergy, so in an effort to encourage those folks to take their money to the ballpark and leave it there, they decide to clear out a section for ONE GAME and ask the peanut vendors to focus on the other ninety zillion sections for that ONE GAME only.
The customers who sit in this section will leave some of their money behind at the stadium. They just won't spend any of it on peanuts. But that leaves t-shirts and big foam fingers and programs and Cokes and beer and popcorn and toys and probably lots of other things. The customers are entertained and nobody suffers from anaphylaxis. The team owners scoop up some more money.
And the best part, IMO, is that this is completely voluntary. Nobody got the Big Bad Government (Fed or State) to force the stadium to provide this service as an accommodation. It's a SERVICE, by the way. Accommodating certain potential customers is provided as a service. If the government gets involved, then it becomes an Accommodation.
The Jerk Way
Oh no! It's AN AGENDA!!!!!! They're telling us what to do with OUR LIVES!!!!!!
- Is this a good idea? How far should public places go to accommodate such issues? Where would it end? Oh, the humanity! And are these really public places? I don't really know how it works, I suppose it's possible that some of the cities own a partial interest in the team or the stadium?
- I can still remember back when .0000001% of the population didn’t set the rules for the other 99.99999%.
- I cannot believe that, if this is the big problem everyone says, that no reasonable prophylaxis has been devised. Neither can my son! Also--how stupid is that remark? It amounts to saying that since there is no treatment/cure/prevention, then the disease is imaginary. I suppose people with other (currently) incurable illnesses are faking it, too.
- “At the ballpark, they came first for the smokers, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a smoker; And then they came for the drinkers, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a drinker; And then they came for the peanut eaters, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a peanut eater; And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up.” Oh, bloody hell.
- This is one more Minority group exercising a tyranny over the majority. Like all other Minority group demands.
- there is a peanut free zone - its called your home - give it a try.
- . . . but I am bothered by helicopter parents with allergic children. These people constantly hover over their children, and are ready to savage anyone who dares eat a peanut M&M around their child. Frankly, how are we supposed to know the child is allergic? They look normal on the outside. THEY LOOK NORMAL! I'm boggling here.
- But if it becomes a matter of ACCOMMODATING these freaks (oh yes, I said it). . . . But hey, at least they "look normal!"
Okay. I feel better now. I'm right, by the way.
I've often wondered if some of the vehemence of people who write some of those things is really just pent up frustration because they feel so little control over their own lives. So THIS thing becomes the Big Thing that they are determined to fight. Not, you know, the Patriot Act or Real ID or something else that actually infringes on their actual rights. 'Cause they're all confused about rights anyway. I know, psychologizing, but I continue to wonder. Seriously, people need to get over it.