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Bug Problems Mar Padres Hat Giveaway


If you still have the beach hats the San Diego Padres gave out Saturday afternoon, you may want to throw them out.

The team announced around 7:30 p.m. the hats may have been infested with bugs.

“During the distribution of tonight’s beach hat giveaway, it was discovered that some packaging contained what independent experts believe to be grain beetles,” a statement from the team reads.

Grain beetles pose no threats to humans, but the team decided to take them back “out of an abundance of caution.”

Earlier in the afternoon, the team stopped handing out the hats but would not say why. The team spokesperson told NBC 7 that the club found a defect in the hats and is taking them back.

Ushers were seen in the stadium picking up hats from fans but the lack of information as to why the hats were being taken back led to wild speculations on social media.

Some fans speculated on NBC 7’s Facebook page that the strap was a choking hazard, others were less forgiving and claimed the defect was the Dodgers color scheme, the Padres’ NL West rivals.

Padres fans were given vouchers for another giveaway in November.

Photo Credit: Alexander Nguyen
Source: NBC San Diego

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