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No English? No Service!

Hits: 20551 | Rating: (3.1) | Category: News & Politics | Added by: kitteh9lives
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Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 712 Posts
Sunday, May 29, 2011 11:06:03 PM
On top of that I'm sick of being told to "Go Fack" myself.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 712 Posts
Sunday, May 29, 2011 11:04:11 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.

Female, 18-29, Europe
 3016 Posts
Sunday, May 29, 2011 2:21:57 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...

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 17367 Posts
Saturday, May 28, 2011 1:57:00 AM
Gerry: This is why we need a constitutional amendment to make English the official language of the USA.

Male, 18-29, Western US
 468 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 10:09:40 PM
So Gerry lives in San Diego. Do you live in Hillcrest Gerry?

Male, 18-29, Western US
 503 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 7:05:32 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."

Male, 18-29, Canada
 220 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 6:48:35 PM
Where did this guy learn to speak English? He can't even say hello. He is one to talk!

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 257 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 6:35:17 PM
Can't argue with the guy. It's his business and he can do what he wants.

Male, 30-39, Western US
 3445 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 12:34:41 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.

Male, 50-59, Western US
 34622 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 12:30:04 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.

Male, 30-39, Canada
 269 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 12:02:26 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?

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 295 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 11:47:46 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.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 441 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 11:09:42 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.

Female, 50-59, Southern US
 3614 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 10:08:09 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.

Female, 50-59, Southern US
 3614 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 10:02:44 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.

Female, 18-29, Southern US
 2835 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 9:18:06 AM
wtf is up with the judgemental reporter? i doubt she speaks any foreign languages

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 55 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 8:09:53 AM
that stupid drating "drag to share" poo is getting old and annoying

Female, 30-39, Canada
 2427 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 7:17:07 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.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 112 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 5:53:00 AM

I'm in New York soon, I might go in and order in Scouse then say What?! You don't understand English?!

Male, 30-39, Europe
 10 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 5:45:02 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!

Male, 18-29, Europe
 151 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 5:36:53 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.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 112 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 5:31:24 AM
The world hates america

Male, 50-59, Midwest US
 119 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 4:53:33 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?

Male, 30-39, Europe
 6653 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 4:33:59 AM
"American English"

What a douche.

Male, 40-49, Canada
 1004 Posts
Friday, May 27, 2011 4:18:29 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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