HR Strange But True!
June 24, 2010
It’s a dream job for a Pirates fan—dressing like a Mrs. T's pierogi and racing 3 other pierogi mascots around PNC Park during the fifth-inning stretch. You get paid $25, and no one knows who you are. However, a 2-year veteran who came out on Facebook to criticize the team just got canned!

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, when Pirates officials saw Andrew Kurtz’s posting on Facebook critical of the team president Frank Connelly for extending the contracts of general manager Neal Huntington and manager John Rusell, his days playing a Polish pasta dish were over.

Kurtz told the newspaper that his comment on the social media site, that the extension “means a 19th-straight losing streak. Way to go Pirates”, was “just an opinion,” and he seemed surprised over the controversy.

And this Gen Yer has his mother backing him up and showing outrage at his termination. "My son always was a big Pirates fan," Mary Kurtz told the paper. "He took pride in being a pierogi runner. Since when, in this country, are you not allowed to state an opinion? Well, here is my opinion: The Pirates … let go one of their biggest fans and dedicated workers.”

Kurtz sais he was fired over the phone during the game by the mascot manager. He apologized for the posting, but the apology was not accepted because he had just been reprimanded over a work schedule violation.  A Pirates spokesperson issued a statement saying “a part-time employee serving a suspension for a previous violation of company policy was terminated for committing yet another violation of company policy.”

So the Pirates will be looking for a replacement pierogi—wouldn’t you love to see that job description!


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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