By Eleanor Mueller, Sinclair Broadcast Group
WASHINGTON — Amazon employees handed out free bananas at a stand outside Washington's Union Station Tuesday in celebration of the company's third annual Prime Day sale.
The tradition was started in 2015 as "a fun, quirky way to hand out healthy snacks to anyone in the community," according to Amazon's website.
The Amazon employees working the stand have dubbed themselves "banistas" -- and the label has stuck.
That's an average of more than 2,500 free fruits a day.
In fact, the stand's reach is so immense that Fox News reported in March that nearby grocery stores struggle to keep the fruit in stock, while neighboring eateries serving the yellow treats have felt pressure to slash their prices.
Any similarity between the bananas and the Amazon logo may be pure coincidence -- the concept began with a brainstorm from founder and CEO Jeff Bezos that the company should offer the community healthy snacks as a public service.