Thursday, March 20, 2008

"Speak English" sign not violation in Philly cheesesteak shop

This story made waves two years ago. The owner of the shop has been vindicated:
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The owner of a famous cheesesteak shop did not discriminate when he posted signs asking customers to speak English, a city panel ruled Wednesday.

In a 2-1 vote, a Commission on Human Relations panel found that two signs at Geno's Steaks telling customers, "This is America: WHEN ORDERING 'PLEASE SPEAK ENGLISH,'" do not violate the city's Fair Practices Ordinance.

Shop owner Joe Vento has said he posted the signs in October 2005 because of concerns over immigration reform and an increasing number of people in the area who could not order in English.
English should be the official national language.

1 comment:

Ed Darrell said...

So, I guess we can't order calzones? No pizza? No provolone on the cheesesteak?

What amazing irony. What outstanding hypocrisy.

When does "Geno" change his name to an "American" spelling and pronunciation?