Miami Dolphins Beer Vendor Charges a Fan $724 for Two Beers on Personal Skimming Device

The Miami Dolphins have certainly given their fans a reason to drink this NFL season after four-straight, and mostly embarrassing, losses. But when one fan at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami saw his bill for two beers on Sunday, they had a legitimate reason to complain. And after further review, this might not get overturned.

Concession prices are expectedly higher at professional sporting venues, especially in places like Miami. But during the game between the hometown Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, one fan handed over their credit card to a beer vendor as if it were any ordinary purchase. That is, until they received a notification through their phone about an abnormal purchase. One for $724 for a couple of brews.

According to the Miami Herald, roving beer vendor Nathaniel Collier brought two beers to a fan and swiped their card, but not one authorized through the Dolphins or Hard Rock Stadium. Collier, 33, allegedly used a skimming device to overcharge the fans.

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Hard Rock Stadium issues its vendors electronic devices to swipe credit and debit cards throughout the venue. The device Collier used was reportedly not authorized by the stadium or the team.

The Herald reported that Collier was working for a Kentucky-based organization called Rocket Man, which is a subcontractor for stadiums and other venues employing people to walk the premises for security and also sell concessions.

When the fan got a phone alert about a potential scam—which displayed the vendor's name—the fan contacted authorities who later arrested Collier.

Centerplate, the hospitality management company that operates Hard Rock Stadium, said Collier had worked as a vendor there for more than a year. Vendors are easily spotted by their lime-green shirts. On Sunday, Collier was reportedly working for neither Rocket Man, Hard Rock Stadium nor the Miami Dolphins.

A Rocket Man spokesperson said Collier was fired after his arrest by Miami-Dade police on Sunday, and that the fan's money had been refunded.

"As the chosen provider of walking vendors across dozens of stadiums, we take the matter of security extremely seriously, and train and monitor our vendors to safeguard our customers," Rocket Man said. "Our onsite supervisor contacted the authorities immediately upon learning of the overcharge on what was Mr. Collier's unauthorized personal device."

Meanwhile, Miami-Dade police said Collier faces charges of grand theft by using a skimming device and has a $10,000 bond.

The Miami Dolphins have opened the 2019 season with four losses, three of them at Hard Rock Stadium and the other at the Dallas Cowboys the previous weekend.