Beer Vendor Taking Orders From Fans On Twitter
Here we go with technology again! No more scanning for a beer vendor at the game. Soon you can tweet for a sweet or a brew!
Kevin Zelko likes to think of himself as a smarter beer vendor. On Friday, at the Seattle Mariners season opener, he’s going to try to prove it.
The 36-year-old teacher who, for the past five seasons has served beer at Safeco Field, is ready to take orders from fans in the stands. Send a message to his Twitter address, your seat and your order and he’ll be there as soon as he can.
“Since the beginning of beer vendors, we’ve been walking up and down the aisles seeing who wants a beer, I’m going to try to change that,” Zelko said.
Zelko says he normally sells about 80 beers during an average home game from the beginning of the game until the first pitch of 8th inning, when he has to stop. On those days he pulls in about $125. On weekends, he can sell more than 100 beers and pull in closer to $200 — even more if the Yankees are in town.
Zelko says he hopes taking his vending to Twitter will take some of the guesswork out of his game by making his routes more direct. Not only will an ordered beer likely mean a better tip, but he also says that fans with smartphones, who are on Twitter during the game, are more likely to have more wealth and therefore have more money to spend.
Thanks to Kevin changing the way we place an order, you can now enjoy the game! Just remember, it still has to be passed down the 15 other people in your aisle AND you'll have to experiment with the time frame it takes to get to you and how far down you let your barley and hops get to know how soon before you tweet for another.