Ted Leonsis helps clean Verizon Center
At least one person has already accused me of being in the tank for Ted Leonsis, so let me hereby promise that any time any D.C. sports owner cleans the ladies room at his or her venue, I will write about it. With photos, as necessary. Men's bathrooms may or may not qualify.
Anyhow, as promised, Ted Leonsis joined the cleaning crew for a sweep through Verizon Center on Sunday, a few hours after he had chilled with the president. He was joined by his son Zach and Caps communications official Kurt Kehl; the concession stands and their attendant mouse droppings were not part of their responsibility. From his post-scrub blog:
We all cleaned toilets using a brush and a disinfectant. We all restocked paper towels and toilet paper. I watched as the Supervisor wrote down what had been done and at what time. Later a crew would come in and sweep and mop the floors. There is a lot that goes into cleaning bathrooms in a public arena; fans sometimes will intentionally plug up toilets; or spit gum into urinals; or spit out tobacco chew onto the floor -- or spill beer. Caps fans evidently drink the most beer and work our toilets the hardest, by the way.
Um, not surprised. On either score. And that's not even counting all the urinal art Caps fans distribute. Then Leonsis went into the stands to pick up garbage, where he discovered more arena truths.
Gum is bad. Peanut shells are bad. Popcorn dumped on the floor is bad. Soda spilled is bad. Beer spilled is bad. I found wrappers from granola bars -- I found tobacco products; I found band aids on the floor; you name it -- we picked it up. An Arena is the only place in the world that you feel comfortable just dumping your garbage on the floor. I have some ideas here now that I have done the work and met with the folks; we will discuss in the future .
Well, an arena and a baseball stadium and a football stadium, but it's an interesting point. How did it become socially acceptable to just throw things on the floor of sporting venues? And how can we pass similar legislation about downtown offices?
Among Leonsis's concerns after working that shift: streamers and confetti are brutal for the workers, and massive peanut shell scatterings are dangerous for people with allergies.
Among your concerns: will the Caps get a stay-at-home blue-liner, and will the Wizards find another veteran big man. I know you care more about that than about garbage. But garbage is interesting, too.
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