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135 Responses to No English? No Service!

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    May 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm
    Link: No English? No Service! - A controversial `English Only` sign triples this N.C. diner`s business. Is this discrimination or just good business?
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    ggolbez Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 11:29 am
    "No Speak English. No Service" Does that include poor grammar?

    Regardless, they have the right. Be it morally right or not, they have the right to limit their customer base.
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    davidildo123 Male 40-49
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    May 26, 2011 at 11:35 am
    WTF? Everytime I try to click it, I get a "drag to share" popup over it.
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2011 at 11:36 am
    I guess they just dont speak any other languages.
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    Gottamgear Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 11:38 am
    davidildo123
    You need to block pop ups from iab in your internet options, that should stop your problems.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    May 26, 2011 at 11:42 am

    stupid pop up window to "share it" is blocking my mouse curser

    get rid of that thing
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    smurfite Male 13-17
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    May 26, 2011 at 11:44 am
    This isnt Discrimination at all
    If someone wants to eat they need to be able to order otherwise it just becomes confusing all round. Its not for a good business either its just to make it easier on the waiters and waitress`s that have to deal with the people.
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 11:46 am
    i have no problems with this. it doesnt say "no latinos" or "no arabs" or anything like that. its good for your business to be able to communicate with your customers. it is either this or higher people who can speak the language of anybody who may make their way into your restaurant.

    so yeah, more power to this guy.
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    startech Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2011 at 11:48 am
    That "drag to share" thing is a real pain in the a$$. Can`t even pause the video...
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    TR-Wolf Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 11:49 am
    Lets see English speakers in foreign countries trying to cope in similar restaurants or whatever where they won`t serve you unless you speak the native language.
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    collegebound Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 11:51 am
    "Lets see English speakers in foreign countries trying to cope in similar restaurants or whatever where they won`t serve you unless you speak the native language."

    there are bars in Japan i couldn`t get into because i was a foreigner :`(
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    TruTenrMan Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2011 at 11:53 am
    It`s a business... he can choose not to serve people. Just like people can choose not to go there.
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    Semirhage666 Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 11:54 am

    How is this even controversial? Obviously, people are under no obligation to have anyone bilingual working there, so obviously, people who can only speak spanish or some other language have no right to EXPECT to be able to walk into any restaurant and have a successful dining experience. You can just deal with not being able to go certain places or do certain things until you learn a modicum of English no matter WHERE you`re from.
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    Isobel Female 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 11:59 am
    Americans really need to start learning other languages, lol.

    Anyway, I see nothing wrong with the sign. He just says he can only speak English, and can`t serve people who don`t.

    It`s not about him being racist or something like that, it`s about him being uneducated.
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    sidewyz8 Female 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm
    I`ve worked in restaurants before and it is very frustrating when the customers can`t understand or communicate with you. He did say there was the group who had bilingual translators with them who ordered for anyone who couldn`t speak English and he had no problem with that, so I don`t see anything wrong with his policy. If someone`s THAT intent on eating at his restaurant, just make sure you have someone with you that can actually order the food.

    Also, he mentioned something about getting calls from all over the union and outside the country. What`s up with saying "the union"? Did he mean the states?
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm
    Yeah private business, private decision.
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    snorlax13 Female 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm
    This is whatever. Those people that want the signs for home are kind of sketchy. He just can`t speak Spanish.

    but good number of Americans tend to just expect everyone to speak English to them when they go abroad. I think there should just be a ground rule, for everyone. If you are traveling to a country, you or at least someone in your party should have at least a basic conversational understanding of the main language spoken there. Life will go easier, and your trip will probably be more fun. I think I would hate myself when I go to Germany and can`t speak German.
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    korahn Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm
    This makes sense in that how can you serve someone if neither of you can understand the other? That kind of thing wouldn`t fly at all in the province of NB, Canada - the ONLY legally bilingual province. No matter where you go, there has to be an option of English and French. They should either abolish that, or make Quebec do it too.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    May 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm
    It`s mean spirited. What you don`t want your place to be a vacation stop? They`re not allowed to point at the menu? I hate rednecks that don`t travel. Xenophobic douchebags.
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    skypirate Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm
    hey, me and madest are back to disagreeing. his business, his lively hood, his decision. you dont like it, go some where else. beauty of America.
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    cjk718 Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm
    Why would his business triple? Don`t really see the big deal in all of this. If you`re living in this country, you should know the language.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm
    "Why would his business triple?"

    Because MOST AMERICANS WANT THIS!

    Speak English or GTFO! (<--- This is meant for residents, not tourists obviously)
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    spanerbulb Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm
    Not a big deal really but a tad small minded.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm
    *Pulls up to drive through*

    Auburnjunky: Yeah I need a #1 with a coke.
    Illegal Drive Through worker: Woihfjrouhfiawhfaif.
    Auburnjunky: WTF?!

    Most Americans cannot stand having someone who doesn`t grasp our language working in service, so why shouldn`t it be the other way around?
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    betardfooser Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm
    I`m of the firm belief that this guy should learn to speak English himself before he gives anyone else any crap... "Ethniticity", I swear...
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    Sathon Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm
    People need to actually watch the video before they comment.

    1. The sign is in English and Spanish (pause the video at 57 seconds).
    2. He says that it has nothing to do with ethnicity, and
    3. If people who don`t speak English are with people who do speak English to translate, it`s fine.

    And also, why is everyone assuming that there are pictures of every single item on the menu to point at? When was the last time you ate at a restaurant that had that?
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    josebrwn Male 40-49
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    May 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm
    It`s a good thing this slack jawed hillbilly can tell tourists from non english speaking residents
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    fatex52986 Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm
    about f*cking time someone did this.
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    EntrE Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm
    well what if you are a tourist?
  30. Profile photo of cambline
    cambline Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm
    A business can refuse service to anyone they want.
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    LuckyDave Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm
    This has nothing to do with race, sex, age, religion or nationality, it has everything to do with being able to understand what the hell your customer is ordering. In most other countries there are places where people speak English, but in the areas where they don`t, they expect you to speak whatever language they do. How is this any different?
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    elderban Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm
    Like Cambline said, a business can refuse service to anyone they want.
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    human_exile Male 13-17
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    May 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm
    It`s a good thing this slack jawed hillbilly can tell tourists from non english speaking residents

    and i`m guessing since your from the western us you are a douchey skater kid who spray tans and will never be any use for society other than supplying abortion clinics with money
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm
    I understand what he is on about, but i dont believe the business would have increased. I think its a publicity stunt
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    madest Male 40-49
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    May 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm
    That slack jawed hillbilly wouldn`t know a Mexican from a Spaniard. Shame really. He gives my country a bad name. No surprise business picked up. Trailer park folk eat that crap up.
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    PaintedNInja Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm
    Sathon, com down here sometime and eat at Denny`s the menu look like a childrens book
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    Fizban Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm
    Can we just make English our official language already?
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    Ska_Machine Male 13-17
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    May 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm
    Makes sense, if his staff isn`t bi-lingual, why go through the frustration?
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    May 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm
    I would never go to France or Quebec and insist that some employee there knew English so they could take my order. Seriously, If your going to another country at least make the effort to learn the language, buy a phrase book, or invite a bi-lingual friend along.
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    putzco Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm
    Its a free country. If it offends you, eat somewhere else. He`s laughung all the way to the bank. If this strategy backfires & he goes bankrupt, it will be his doing.
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    vVvBrock Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm
    I agree with this guy. Just make English our official language already.
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    toastertown6 Male 13-17
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    May 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm
    @Madest Who cares if he doesn`t know a Mexican from a Spaniard, I probably couldn`t tell a fellow American from an Englishman aside from the accent.
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    chillimac Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm
    its just good common sense that when we you go to a foreign country you be able to speak enough of the native language to order food ask where the bathroom is ect.
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    CoyoteKing Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm
    I definitely support this guy. He is willing to serve anyone that can communicate what they want. No problem there. Most businesses reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, and he is doing just that in order to avoid frustration and continue business.
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    inaria Female 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm
    I`d be pissed too if someone came into my business, couldn`t speak the language and then proceeded to swear at me because I couldn`t translate properly enough so that they understood what each dish was.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm
    Meh, seems fair enough. Although I`m sure if some nice old Mexican guy came in and just pointed to the menu that would be fine. It`s the douchebags who swore at him for not speaking Spanish.


    Really, the sign could just say "no douchebags" and it would serve the same purpose. There`s plenty of times I`ve been in a restaurant and not spoken enough of the language to order properly, but pointing suffices.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm
    Bwahaha the best part of it is the idiotic attempt to write Spanish at the top
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    Xbalde Male 13-17
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    May 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm
    I agree, I don`t think its a race thing. You come to our country and expect us to learn your language? If I went to Japan, I wouldn`t expect everyone to start speaking English for me, I`d learn their language. It`s just common sense.
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    fiveanthems Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm
    "It`s not an ethicticity problem, it`s a community problem"
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    Thetas Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm
    "A woman of German ethnicity came in and said that I can`t serve her then."

    The sign says you won`t be served if you don`t speak english.

    What a dumb bitch.
    I have no qualms with this guy. It`s not racist because it doesn`t discriminate by race. All he did was put up a sign that said, basically, if you can`t speak english, don`t come in and try to order food.
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    emAeye Female 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm
    @fiveanthems

    He actually said "communication problem".
    I would`ve guessed you were being witty, but the quotes lead me to believe you actually misheard him.
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    ElMustache Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm
    We have no idea what happened at the diner. It`s insulting to assume that just because they did not speak english, that they are to blame. A majority of countries speak english because english is the language of global business. Because of Americas prosperity, other countries have catered to the american dollar. Because of this, we are the most stubborn and unwilling when it comes to accepting new languages into our repertior and believe english is the national standard. No national standard exists, no national religion exists. The founders anticipated change with the times, and therefore excluded a national standard from being set.
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    techgeek07 Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm
    I admit I expected to have a problem with this guy when I clicked on it but, I don`t. He doesn`t seem like he`s trying to be dick. He`s just trying to stop problems.
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    procker14 Female 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm
    I don`t think he`s being racist.
    If no one working there is bilingual, nor the one ordering, what is he supposed to do?

    I DO however think it`s kinda creepy how excited she gets about the whole thing near the end there.
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    romapenn Female 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm
    If I moved to France, Mexico, Asia, etc I would make myself learn their language because I am in THEIR country, so will respect them in that way.
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    jeepjones Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm
    If people decide to immigrate to an english speaking country they damn well better learn to speak the language fluently. I`m all for this guy and his sign, if more businesses/countries did this then maybe more none english people would figure out it`s not our jobs to have decipher what the hell they are trying to say in the first place.
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    Brassbull Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm
    "We have no idea what happened at the diner. It`s insulting to assume that just because they did not speak english, that they are to blame."

    Blame for what? Not speaking English? Watch the video again. He`s not blaming anyone.

    "we are the most stubborn and unwilling when it comes to accepting new languages into our repertior"

    There are 5 Spanish speaking radio stations in the city I live in, at least two national television stations that I know of, and several kids shows teach Spanish as well as English. Also you have a much better chance of getting hired by a majority of the businesses in this country if you know Spanish.

    It sounds like you`re the one doing the blaming buddy.
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    chunkymonkie Male 13-17
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    May 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm
    i think it would be easy enough to order even if you didn`t know any english
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    Creabhain Male 40-49
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    May 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm
    If he really is only trying to avoid communication problems and is not in any way racist then what`s with all the "God bless America" stuff? Why include that unless you are taking an "Us verses them" stance?
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    Heureux Male 40-49
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    May 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm
    He barely speaks English. It is frustrating to interact with people who are so essentially illiterate and irrationality.

    Hope he enjoys the coming lawsuit.
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    Heureux Male 40-49
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    May 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm
    I am curious to see his menu, and see how many non-English words are on it.
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    Xerasia Female 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm
    ethnicticity? s that even a word?
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    ryan99 Male 13-17
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    May 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm
    if you can`t understand the orders they make, what use is it to have them in there anyway?
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    GasMaskKid Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm
    Wouldn`t it be easier to just have menus in other languages? Or bilingual menus? Or even look for bilingual speakers when hiring waiters/waitresses?
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    GasMaskKid Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm
    And a bit more legal, too?
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    Cartunze Male 60-69
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    May 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm
    I am sure some lawyer with a deaf/mute friend is thinking of how he can make money on this deal right now.
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    iamboredtooo Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm
    how ironic that he uses the phrase FAUX PAS to describe his first sign.

    ...that would be french.
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm
    gasmaskkid, actually, that would be a lot more difficult for the owner than printing up a couple of signs.
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    flingspoo Female 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm
    I like that he isn`t being a douche. He`s not being rude, he`s only stating his case and why. As a Southern Californian I can understand his frustration.
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    handeman77 Male 40-49
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    May 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm
    Finally, we start swinging back the other way.
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    Altaru Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm
    I think it`s a good decision. I mean, he`s just trying to make things easier on both his employees and his customer base, as well as getting rid of the asshats that think they can treat him like dirt in his own establishment because he doesn`t speak their language.

    Honestly, I`d be willing to bet he`d be fine if someone came in and pointed. I mean, they could just as easily be mute rather than just unable to speak English.

    @Madest
    You`re retarded. If it was "mean-spirited," he wouldn`t have been okay with the bilingual group ordering deal.

    I hate liberals who think people are beneath them for holding a different set of beliefs. Elitist douchebags.
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    Altaru Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 6:49 pm
    @ Heureux

    WHAT coming lawsuit?

    It`s a PRIVATE ESTABLISHMENT. In other words, HE OWNS IT. In other words, HE CAN CHOOSE NOT TO SERVE ANYONE HE WANTS.

    The only reason other places have removed signs like this is because they either saw a severe drop in customers or had no balls.

    Obviously, this guy suffers neither of those problems.
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    Lucky2u Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm
    I am a Hispanic American and I agree with this dude. As long as it stays about communication not race like he said, I`m fine with it.

    The problem I DO have with the situation is that a good deal of the people who are in support of him are probably doing it for the wrong reasons and see what he is doing as "a stand against those dam minorities!"
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    tstyblucryns Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm
    You know, in cases like these I have to wonder...if I went to a foreign country and only spoke English, would I really have a right to be offended when the locals eventually started getting pissed off after realizing that I am making no effort to learn the local language?

    Either way, this was a pretty tactless and insensitive approach. I think the phrase "No speak English" is unnecessary and just proves that he was pissed and lashing back rather than actually making some kind of social statement.
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    Heureux Male 40-49
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    May 26, 2011 at 6:58 pm
    "It`s a PRIVATE ESTABLISHMENT. In other words, HE OWNS IT. In other words, HE CAN CHOOSE NOT TO SERVE ANYONE HE WANTS."

    All caps is the equivalent of shouting, and it indicates that you have a claim to make that is only convincing if shouted.

    "Private establishments" that cater to the general public are constrained by a wide variety of laws, they cannot do whatever they please. The "right to refuse service" really is no where near as all-encompassing as people like to think.

    It is inevitable, particularly now that he`s on the `net. Someone will challenge his rule, sue him, and if they have the better attorney and more money, win. Even if they lose, the cost of the suit in time, stress and attorney`s fees, will break him.

    And if there turns out to be any evidence of racial targeting, he`ll really be in deep fecal material.
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    Spider_sol Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 6:59 pm
    Nothing to do with "ethicticity"

    Why can`t the sign be in grammatically correct English? Saying "If you don`t speak English we will be unable to serve you" would really help people understand the ever important WHY.
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    TheShgn2 Male 13-17
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    May 26, 2011 at 6:59 pm
    I hate how a lot of Americans (especially rednecks)say something along the lines of `We are in America, speak English!` America has no official language, so stfu. It`s not like if you go on a vacation or suddenly move to a foreign country you are going to immediately speak fluently in their main language.
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    bongsmoka420 Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 7:10 pm
    @TheShgn2: English IS the officially accepted language in the US. Spanish is kind of secondary but only cause of all the damn wet-backs.

    "THE TOOK OUR JOBS!!! SEND THEM BACK TO THE FUTURE!!!"
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    RobSwindol Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm
    "Ethecticity" must be the "American English" he`s referring to.
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    Buck176 Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm
    @SHGN,
    You`re right there is no official language, so there is no law that says a store has to serve people who don`t speak English. There are several laws, however, that allow them the "right to refuse service to anyone". If there is no official language, you can`t force someone to provide service to someone they can`t understand.
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    Scotchy Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 7:16 pm
    Why are people freaking out over this? He never said no mexicans, no blacks, no chinese or anything along that about people. He asked that you speak english when entering his establishment.

    Also, what about all those counties in Southern California that have "Spanish" as their official language? Why can they do that if this guy cant do this?
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    bongsmoka420 Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 7:17 pm
    @Heureux: You make a valid point. One on which I`d like to build mine off of and say that the laws in this country are NOT designed to protect or serve the purposes of any of the residents so much as they are to serve the purposes of the lawyers and prosecutors and politicians that are behind the whole thing.
    IT`S ALL ABOUT MONEY!!! If you have a problem that needs solving, DON`T solve it using the judicial system, and even more importantly DON`T solve it by calling the police. Neither will do YOUR cause anygood. instead they`ll just suck the life (financially) out of both parties opposing each other. If you really need a problem solver, BUY A GUN!!!
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    temp4comment Male 60-69
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    May 26, 2011 at 7:23 pm
    Lucky2u, no, you`re an American.
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    romapenn Female 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 7:37 pm
    @bongsmoka420: I watched that episode today! LOL.
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    inversegrav Male 30-39
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    May 26, 2011 at 7:43 pm
    whats with the fudgein "drag to share" tab that keeps showing up over the play button?
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    Standards Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 7:54 pm
    This happened in Philly too
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    Kratos-Zan Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm
    He said `uhh` ~29 times...
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    May 26, 2011 at 8:04 pm
    It`s his establishment. He is not obligated to learn another language to serve you and if you don`t like it take your business somewhere else.
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    IkeRay Male 18-29
    2704 posts
    May 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm
    "owners have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason" I really don`t see a problem here
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    Schr0dinger Male 50-59
    359 posts
    May 26, 2011 at 8:29 pm
    The "drag to share" is in the worst spot it could be.
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    Schr0dinger Male 50-59
    359 posts
    May 26, 2011 at 8:35 pm
    @GasMaskKid why should he?
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    Altaru Male 18-29
    3483 posts
    May 26, 2011 at 8:39 pm
    All caps is the equivalent of shouting, and it indicates that you have a claim to make that is only convincing if shouted.
    Psycho-analysis doesn`t work on a text-based forum site that doesn`t have any emphasizing bold or italic tags. It was meant to emphasize, smart-ass.

    Someone will challenge his rule, sue him, and if they have the better attorney and more money, win.
    The only way it could be brought into court is if he shows a record of turning away particular "protected" groups. Unless the area he`s in has listed any official languages, customers of a particular language are not included in those protected groups.

    Like I said before, the only reason business owners give in is because they lose customers, or have no balls.
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    Billshane342 Male 50-59
    11 posts
    May 26, 2011 at 8:54 pm
    He does not refuse to serve, someone just needs to speak ENGLISH. If he can`t understand the customer,then what do they expect. Sounds like common sense to me. Instead of making everything bi lingual, make EVERYONE speak our NATIONAL language, ENGLISH..well frickin DAH.
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    Altaru Male 18-29
    3483 posts
    May 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm
    The fact is, he has a good reason (making things easier on staff and customers), and it`s clearly not targeted at specific individual groups based on ethnicity, sex, national origin, or some arbitrary detail like hair color.

    There`s no way any suit against him would win. And when HE wins, he can get everything but the time back in compensation.

    And further, if the wasted time and money on the suit results in problems, further compensation.

    Simple as that.

    (All of that, of course, relies on the detail that his area doesn`t have a local list of native languages he has to abide by. And I doubt North Carolina would have that problem.)
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    PinkHomicide Female 18-29
    355 posts
    May 26, 2011 at 9:07 pm
    Good for him.
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    NitroJunkie Male 70 & Over
    758 posts
    May 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm
    I love how everyone`s an expert on everything.
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    BRKNVLTR Male 40-49
    377 posts
    May 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm
    It`s not discrimination. Just order in the national language. When I lived in Japan for a few years, I had to learn the language. It didn`t hurt my feelings. Then again, I`m not a parasite.
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    BRKNVLTR Male 40-49
    377 posts
    May 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm
    In addition, THUMBS UP DUDE!
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    Lynea Female 18-29
    267 posts
    May 26, 2011 at 10:17 pm
    Er, why does it say American English in parentheses?
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    pocketmoron Male 18-29
    191 posts
    May 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm
    Ethic-ticity... wow. If you`re going to require English of your customers perhaps it would be prudent to first learn to speak English yourself.

    You think it`s be easier to just put a swastika on the front door and get his point across to people who can`t read his sign.
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    pocketmoron Male 18-29
    191 posts
    May 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm
    So... wait. He won`t serve a mute person then? It seems like you could definitely build a case against him on those grounds.
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    Liquidglass Male 18-29
    1111 posts
    May 26, 2011 at 11:06 pm
    @pocketmoron

    So he`s a Nazi because he is simplifying his business plan? I`m sure a mute person could easily point or write out their own order in plain English.

    For example in one of my old retail jobs I dealt with a number of mute customers. I know a limited amount of sign language and we communicated through writing. Simple.

    But at least your name exemplifies your intelligence.


    @ BRKNVLTR

    +100 man. Even when I`m visiting another country I learn enough of the regional language to communicate on a basic level.

    @ TheShgn2

    While I agree that no one should be expected to fluently speak the local language many foreign nationals refuse to learn even enough to perform simple monetary transactions. Even after being in said country for years. No matter what country it may be, it`s reprehensible.
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    356094 Male 18-29
    109 posts
    May 26, 2011 at 11:25 pm
    This guy did nothing wrong.
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    Mechi Male 18-29
    133 posts
    May 26, 2011 at 11:36 pm
    mutes can still write down what they want lol
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    Swaywithme Female 18-29
    3696 posts
    May 26, 2011 at 11:45 pm
    The still of her face before you hit play encapsulates everything I feel about this video.
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    SvampeBob Male 18-29
    3076 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 12:56 am
    oh america why so silly?
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    GRadde Male 18-29
    2556 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 1:05 am
    I see nothing wrong with this at all. If he can`t speak Spanish, he won`t be able to serve those who only speak Spanish. What`s the biggie?

    OK, so if everybody started putting these signs up (which I think is highly unlikely, but for the sake of the argument...), you would then have a large consumer base without a place to eat. Ergo, you find Spanish-speaking staff and/or learn Spanish yourself, and presto! you`ve huge business. And if it`s trebbled his business, good for him, but he`s MAKING an opportunity for others as well.
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    bomb_tom Male 18-29
    522 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 2:03 am
    american english: day tuk er jerbs!
    (translation: they took our jobs.)
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    venice08 Male 18-29
    108 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 2:48 am
    Private business, he can serve whom he wants
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    terracottus Male 30-39
    280 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 3:14 am
    I see no problem here.
    I can imagine that living in an area with a high immigrant density dealing with people who can`t express what they want can be annoying, or even damaging to the business. If it`s more profitable to disclaim the profits he would otherwise make, why not. From a legal point of view, I reckon he could even put a sign with "no blacks" on, and it would still be legal in the USA.
    Although I sniff some racism in the fact that his revenue doubled since he put on the sign: How does the fact that there are no more people who can`t speak English benefit to the other customers? Sounds more like "Only English?- No more Hispanics!" (from the customers point of view of course)
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    pumba62 Male 40-49
    1018 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 4:18 am
    No speak English ????? No write English!!!
    Dumb Duck (replace d with F, only on duck) southern yahoo (sorry Yahoo!) probably serves Coon (Raccoon)and squirrel.....and the freshest roadkill in dem der parts ....cue the banjos !!!!
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
    6739 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 4:33 am
    "American English"

    What a douche.
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    unclelar Male 50-59
    119 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 4:53 am
    What is the problem with you people?He is not refusing anyone,he just wants to be able to understand what they want to order.If you want to live here learn the damn language,where is the problem with that?
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    metalm0rgan Male 18-29
    110 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 5:31 am
    The world hates america
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    Tekas Male 18-29
    147 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 5:36 am
    I understand his point of view. How is he supposed to serve people when they can`t even ask what they want? That was probably driving him nuts!

    Personally, I would be incapable of walking in a restaurant if I was completely unable to order food in the national language. It doesn`t make any sense to me! It is common sense. You should be able to communicate, the business owner shouldn`t have to guess. And a restaurant isn`t a place where you can just point at whatever you want.

    If you are an expat, just make sure you learn what you need. Even if it is only basic communication, and the name of the food you want, before going to a restaurant.
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    HansMoretti Male 30-39
    10 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 5:45 am
    How would this guy cope on his European holiday if the rest of the world followed his sterling example? Oh wait, he doesn`t have a passport. Fud!
  117. Profile photo of metalm0rgan
    metalm0rgan Male 18-29
    110 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 5:53 am
    @HansMoretti

    I`m in New York soon, I might go in and order in Scouse then say What?! You don`t understand English?!
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    Wendypants Female 30-39
    2420 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 7:17 am
    Faux pas - French; Pro bono - Latin.
    1) I find it upsetting as to how few Americans, and Canadians too, can properly use the English language... why bitch at other people who are in the same boat? (Having said that the customers that prompted this guy to put up the sign shouldn`t have been swearing at him).
    2)Yes, everybody should try to learn at least a little of the native language the country in which your are visiting/living.
    3) Something Spider Sol said make me think that this would not be a news item or such a hot topic of debate if the owner had merely been smart enough to put up a sign that simply said, "Sorry, but if you can`t speak English we will be unable to serve you."
    Simple, right? because it really is his choice of whom to serve in his restaurant.
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    shortmike24 Male 18-29
    55 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 8:09 am
    that stupid drating "drag to share" poo is getting old and annoying
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    shizzamX Female 18-29
    2695 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 9:18 am
    wtf is up with the judgemental reporter? i doubt she speaks any foreign languages
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    slut_etta Female 50-59
    3877 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 10:02 am
    easy to criticize but if you haven`t been in a service job and encountered a similar situation you really can`t talk about it too much.

    agree with Wendypants about the "sorry, etc." sign. getting someone local to translate something like that would have made more sense and might have encouraged non-english speakers to pick up enough of the language to at least order. there`s nothing wrong with learning the language.
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    slut_etta Female 50-59
    3877 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 10:08 am
    oh, and just to expound on the issue, i`m second generation american. when my grandparents arrived here at the turn of the last century the (service) jobs they held dictated that they HAD TO learn the language. which made it all the easier when they took the citizenship exam.
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    Creabhain Male 40-49
    440 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 11:09 am
    Why does the menu say "God bless America and all those who protect and serve our great country" unless this is about more than communication or language? Clearly this is a "Keep America for Americans" type of person.
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    Aedran Female 18-29
    295 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 11:47 am
    I actually agree with this dude. We are a predominantly English-speaking country and if people who cannot speak English are affecting his business and the effectiveness of his business, he has every right to refuse service. It`s not like he`s taking their money anyways. He`s refusing service and they can go elsewhere. I don`t expect a Parisian restaurant to have to deal with the fact that I can`t speak French.
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    Sinclair Male 30-39
    269 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm
    We have similar problems here in Quebec, Canada. Quebec is the only one of the 10 provinces that is primarily French, and the French people promote their language, but unfortunately by repressing English. One recent tactic is similar to this mans, but they have sign on their businesses that says "We are pleased to serve you in French", a reverse way of saying "No English Allowed". Meanwhile half the time they watch English movies and have English songs on the radio, so essentially English is o.k. when they say it is. A hate book that is supposedly historical fact about English people was recently published here. I would like to upload an article about that here on IAB, but unfortunately I don`t seem able to. Can anyone help? Maybe give me an email address and I will send it to you to upload for me?
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36834 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    a suburb of San Diego is National City. Everything is in spanish there, it`s like Tijuana but with plumbing.
    Anyway, I am expected to be sensitive to their culture and not complain that it`s all spanish no english...so why can`t we expect the same respect from them?

    And they will refuse me service.
  127. Profile photo of SilverThread
    SilverThread Male 30-39
    3431 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm
    Yeah I am in agreement with the owner`s sentiments.

    I was stuck as an arbiter between a group of Korean Immigrants and a group of Hispanic Immigrants, neither of which spoke English clearly. This is why having a single National Language is important, so that all of the immigrants are able to communicate clearly with one another as well as the majority of the current population.

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    SaintsFan Male 30-39
    256 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm
    Can`t argue with the guy. It`s his business and he can do what he wants.
  129. Profile photo of godthaab
    godthaab Male 18-29
    220 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm
    Where did this guy learn to speak English? He can`t even say hello. He is one to talk!
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    Mad_Gremlyn Male 30-39
    512 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm
    The zeal in which Martha MacCallum presents this story is typical of Faux News. She`s so glad to be talking to a brain damaged redneck who has his own sign!

    Ironically, this guy says he doesn`t know enough Spanish to have a conversation and yet he barely knows enough English to have a conversation! Did he say (~1:31) "ethic-tis-ity" or "eth-nec-tis-ity?" Either way, the word is "ethnicity."
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    whyme73 Male 18-29
    469 posts
    May 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm
    So Gerry lives in San Diego. Do you live in Hillcrest Gerry?
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    May 28, 2011 at 1:57 am
    Gerry: This is why we need a constitutional amendment to make English the official language of the USA.
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    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
    3001 posts
    May 29, 2011 at 2:21 am
    im so glad other countries dont do this to us, i cant speak any other language but love going abroad aha, yey for the rest of the world speaking English!

    not saying this is wrong though just glad other countries dont do this...
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    Genocyde Male 30-39
    712 posts
    May 29, 2011 at 11:04 pm
    I have to say this. I am aware that English is the hardest language in the world to learn because of the slang and various accents. I am aware that most people these days don`t want to learn it for that particular reason.

    With that in mind, just keep in mind that I don`t care what you speak at home or amongst yourselves. When you deal with Americans it does help to have at least a basic working knowledge of the language.

    I`ve run into this problem time and time again. If I have to explain to someone older than me that their transaction won`t work because they can`t understand what I`m saying, then I can understand their frustration but it`s not their country, it`s not their culture. Sorry.

    I don`t go to China expecting to own a gun. I don`t go to a foreign country expecting it to be America 2.0 and I`m not going to ask for it. When in Rome, you do as the Romans. Simple.

    I support English as the official language.
  135. Profile photo of Genocyde
    Genocyde Male 30-39
    712 posts
    May 29, 2011 at 11:06 pm
    On top of that I`m sick of being told to "Go Fack" myself.

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