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Geno’s English-Only Signs Not Discriminatory

Posted by Joshua Price on March 21, 2008

Here is a small, and quite frankly, needless, victory for proponents of English-only set-ups across the nation. I say needless because requiring customers to speak in English here in America is obviously (at least to those of us who ca still think independently) non-discriminatory so long as serviced is not refused.

But here’s the story:

The owner of a famous cheesesteak shop did not discriminate when he posted signs telling customers “This is America: WHEN ORDERING ‘PLEASE SPEAK ENGLISH,”‘ a three-member city panel ruled Wednesday.

n a 2-1 vote, the Commission on Human Relations panel found that the two signs at Geno’s Steaks do not violate the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance. Shop owner Joe Vento posted them than two years ago because of concerns over immigration reform and the increasing number of people from the area who could not order in English.

Vento said he has never refused service to anyone because they couldn’t speak English, but critics argued that the signs discourage customers of certain backgrounds from eating at the shop.

I like the last sentence of this excerpt. Who cares? If you want to eat at Geno’s, or actually assimilate to American culture, learn English.

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