KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
When a person is out of work, the last thing they want to do is shell out what money they do have to try to find a job. But that is exactly what had some people fired up about at a job fair at Kauffman Stadium Friday.
Dozens of people lined up inside the stadium, all with one thing in mind: finding a job. But before they made it in the door, they had to shell out $15 in exchange for meeting with local companies, especially sports teams, and a ticket to the night’s Royals game against the Blue Jays.
Some people said, on their limited budget, they’d rather skip the baseball ticket and just find work.
“To pay to try to get a job is not even right, to go to a job fair,” said one job seeker named Donna.
“It was always thought of as more of a networking thing, not your traditional job fair,” said Toby Cook, a spokesman for the Royals.
Cook said the event is run through the team’s group sales department, in part to draw people into the stadium.
“We’re not making any money off of it,” he said. “It really is an opportunity for people to buy a discounted ticket and network with job opportunities in Kansas City.”
Most of the people at the event said it’s a fair trade.
“I was happy to pay because I felt like the jobs were going to be more worth my time to come here,” said Leslie Patton, another job seeker.
Still, the Royals said they’ll consider re-naming the event next year so people really understand what they’re signing up for.
“We never take feedback from our fans lightly,” Cook said.
The Royals’ spokesman said the team holds a host of charitable events for the community throughout the year and they hold separate job fairs for their food and beverage vendors that are free to the public.
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