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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 11:57

Day Job/Night Job: Career Estimator Works for SF Giants in Security

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George Melendez is the head estimator at Regal Collision in Vallejo, CA, and also works for the San Francisco Giants as a security specialist. George Melendez is the head estimator at Regal Collision in Vallejo, CA, and also works for the San Francisco Giants as a security specialist.

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After just one year on the job, Melendez was already running the shop, a position he held for the next 12 years. 


"I want to thank my father for giving me a career in this industry," he said. "I have met so many great people over the years and I would not change it for the world." 


A lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants, Melendez started attending games at the team's original stadium, Candlestick Park, as a youngster. 


"Foremost Milk used to give away tickets to the game on the sides of their milk cartons," he said. "We would drink all of the milk fast so that we could use the tickets. At that time, I lived only 1.5 miles from Candlestick Park, so we attended a lot of games in the 1970s and saw Hall of Fame players like Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry, for example."


In 2005, Melendez attended a Fanfest event at the Giants' current stadium, AT&T Park, where he saw a sign that said the team was hiring people for different positions. 


"It had always been a dream of mine to somehow work for the team, so I applied and after a few interviews, I got hired. For my first four years, I was assigned to doing security in the bleachers, dealing with the drunks and rowdy fans."


By keeping his cool and using logic while placating obnoxious and often drunk fans rooting for both teams, Melendez has been able to keep the peace in most cases, he said.

 
"Let's say a Dodgers fan is causing trouble," he said. "I will talk to him and say, ‘Look, you spent a lot of money to buy a ticket and come up here from LA. Why don't you just play nice so that I don't have to kick you out?’ Usually they will listen, but if they continue, I'm not afraid to get SFPD to escort them out of the stadium. I also tell them that if they try to come back, they'll be arrested." 


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