A $30 hot dog sounds absolutely outrageous, and apparently these very steep prices cost one New York hot dog vendor his job. The Tech Times reports this Sunday, May 24, 2015, that Ahmed Mohammed, a longtime vendor on the streets of the Big Apple, has been fired for selling his tasty wares at simply exorbitant costs. The hefty amount of money which needed to be dished out for a single wiener was apparently causing verbal arguments between seller and potential buyers.
Any visitors who have been to New York can likely testify how expensive prices of most food items can be. However, when one thinks of a simple hot dog, convenient, mobile, and hopefully relatively cheap are words that will come to mind. After all, how much should one expect to pay for a quick meal of meat that comes from a cart carrying salty wieners in water all day?
Apparently, a $30 hot dog is what some consumers should have been prepared for if they chose to visit vendor Ahmed Mohammed’s site these past few months. Sources are reporting that the vendor has since been fired after it was discovered he was charging his hungry customers such steep prices that they simply have to be called exorbitant. NBC News conducted an inside investigation into the man’s stand—which is located not far from the World Trade Center—and apparently found concrete evidence of him jacking up the cost of his salty food.
Some customers had apparently come forward saying they had been slighted by Mohammed. One woman had claimed she was charged $15 for both a pretzel and a hot dog, while others said they were charged anywhere between $20 and $30 for a single hotdog a la carte. The numerous allegations being set set against this single stand finally elicited media (and eventually law enforcement) attention.
Abdelalim Abdelbaky, the owner of the cart, apparently caught wind of the viral story, and proceeded to fire the vendor. Yet despite the arguments that were erupting about his prices, the evidence set against him of raising costs, and even extensive customer examples, vendor Ahmed Mohammed fought the decision. This might not have been a smart move, however.
According to PEOPLE News, the Department of Consumer Affairs decided to delve into the issue themselves in light of Mohammed’s indignation at the claims. The police investigation found that Mohammed was not, in fact, listing consistent prices and had violated at least two Environmental Control Board stipulations. After this second and more formal investigation, Mohammed was let go. It is not known whether he made a further public comment.
Following the $30 hot dog vendor being fired, Abdelbaky is now stepping up to sell hot dogs, pretzels, and other food items personally from his cart. He is now clearly listing all prices in view for customers, which include $3.99 for two hot dogs and a water special or $2.50 for a hot dog. Some reports have also said that some customers have even received a free pretzel as an act of good faith. It is likely that with this overdue generosity and fair costs back in place (and the former steep fares of its previous owner out of service), this particular hot dog stand will indeed stand the test of time.