Beer man raises a froth

BRETT CLARKSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

Iconic Blue Jays beer vendor Wayne McMahon says his bosses were ice coooooold when they fired him after last Tuesday's Orioles game.

Now outraged Jays fans are demanding Rogers Centre concession company Aramark hire back McMahon, whose distinctive cry of "ice...cooooold...beeeeeeeer!" has made him a fan favourite at the ballpark.

Aramark canned McMahon, 61, on July 8 after he sold two beers to a 22-year-old mystery shopper without asking for ID.

McMahon said yesterday he "can't get over" being axed for selling beer to somebody who was legal anyway -- and said the beer buyer looked over 30. McMahon said he sold the person two beers because the customer made it appear like the beer would be for him and a friend.

"I never missed a day, I never showed up late, I worked every event at the Rogers Centre in all the time I've been there," said McMahon, who wants his job back.

"You don't do that unless you absolutely love it. That's what's crushing me. I absolutely loved that. It was so much fun. I just can't believe it."

Andrew Stoeten, one of the authors of the Drunk Jays Fans blog, called on Aramark to re-hire McMahon because he's often more entertaining than the Jays' play on the field.

"He's the iconic, legendary beer vendor there," Stoeten said.

As of last night, a Facebook group/petition calling for McMahon's reinstatement had grown to over 2,500 members, with one fan writing, "If the players were as good as Wayne, we wouldn't be missing the playoffs again this year."

McMahon was slated to appear on MTV Live everyday this week, where an outraged host, Daryn Jones, on Monday called the firing a "load of crap."

McMahon's lawyer, Daniel Lublin, said that if Aramark doesn't hire McMahon back, they'll have a wrongful dismissal suit on their hands. Lublin pointed out McMahon had never had any displinary issues, passed all six previous mystery shopper tests done on him, and could've been warned instead of fired.

Aramark spokesman David Freireich wouldn't discuss the specifics surrounding McMahon's firing but reiterated Aramark's policy that beer vendors must always ask people who appear under 30 for identification.

Blue Jays president Paul Godfrey said from New York that he couldn't comment in depth because he wasn't yet familiar with the details of the case and that Aramark has final say on who sells drinks in the dome.


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