Yeah, I dunno. I think there’s a localization factor at work here. Nasty looks from soccer moms indicates you are dealing with a snooty crowd. Here in almost all of Arizona, there’s nothing wrong with throwing dogs at a ballgame. We seem to recall some sort of "American" thing attached to baseball and hot dogs for instance.
Snooty people, as my scientific research conclusively proves, are mostly from California and Connecticut. Southern Connecticut it seems. Snooty seems to be evenly distributed in the Californian population. When selling in those markets, it makes no sense to sell them arsenic or hand grenades from a business perspective unless you really dial in that price-point. And since they aren’t buying the hot dogs, what the heck?
Maybe my whole angle on the market is that I’m an evil hot dog salesman. It a fact I serve a "New York Dog" and when people ask what it is, I tell them that the New York Dog is a morally rellativistic and jaded hot dog. The New York Dog hates you and will tell you so to your face.