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Old 05-24-2011, 09:25 AM
 
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^ Not the same thing. "English is the only language allowed" is different from "non-English speakers aren't allowed."

And what about someone whose English isn't that good (we also have some English-speaking posters whose writing skills are not the best)? At what point is it bad enough to remove the post? Not that it really matters. What matters is how you treat people and how much you're willing to accommodate them. This guy chooses to shut people out and act like a bigot while purporting to do it for legitimate business reasons. That's fine; he has that right. But most people can see right through it.
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:41 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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^ Not the same thing. "English is the only language allowed" is different from "non-English speakers aren't allowed."

And what about someone whose English isn't that good (we also have some English-speaking posters whose writing skills are not the best)? At what point is it bad enough to remove the post? Not that it really matters. What matters is how you treat people and how much you're willing to accommodate them. This guy chooses to shut people out and act like a bigot while purporting to do it for legitimate business reasons. That's fine; he has that right. But most people can see right through it.
It is same thing denying service for in ability to speak English.
Except worse on this site they often are banned as he stated in video he doesnt want to deny customers as he knows its not good for business as he said in the interview.
Mexicans came in his restaurant where frustrated over the communication barrier and left this prompted him to put up the sign. Now customers know English is only language he can communicate with.
If the spanish speakers had someone with them that could tell there order in English they could be served, like this site if they use a translation website they can post.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:01 AM
 
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Does his policy also apply to people with disabilities and severe speech impediments, as well, since so many rednecks (i.e. his client base) have children with mental disabilities, making it impossible to understand what they are trying to say?
Honestly, I don't speak banjo, so despite living in this area my whole life, I often have no idea what people like this mental midget are saying when they claim to be speaking English (or American, as he says).
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I say let the free market decide. He will lose some customers from it and probably gain some. Either he will take down the sign as business and publicity suffer, or he will become popular for it. And I agree that while it is a harsh message, there IS some logic in it. It would be one thing if it were the only restaurant in a small town, but since people have free choice to eat there or not, let's see what the market does.
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Old 05-25-2011, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I have three different ways to respond to this, some with tongue in cheek and some just straight up:

1. If he is going to put up a sign saying no one can get service without English, wouldn't a sign that followed English grammer rules be a better idea than one that is a direct translation of "no habla anglais?" Proper English might at least make him look like less of a jerk.

2. In my hometown in WNY, I have friends whose grandparents only speak Italian to this day. Nobody seems to have a problem with the cute old Italian lady not speaking English (decades ago would have been a different story).

3. How do patrons actually walk out of his restaurant without being able to order/get their food? Especially in a rural area like that where there probably isn't a restaurant around the corner? In my visits to non-English nations I've always managed to order food at restaurants (Quebec where they switch to English as soon as you try to speak French and in Panamá where surprising few waiters in the touristy areas speak English). To me, it seems more like someone was just being rude and refusing to be the slightest bit helpful or tolerant...
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:44 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Looks like he closed the business.

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Greg Simons, who caused a stir after posting an "English only" customer-service policy at his Reedy Creek Family Diner in Davidson County, has closed the restaurant. Simons initially displayed the sign in March, then removed it briefly after a protest. He said last month that he reposted it after an outpouring of support. Now he says he has closed the business to take care of his mother's health.
English-only' restaurant closes (http://www.hpe.com/view/full_story/13534313/article-English-only-restaurant-closes-doors?instance=main_article - broken link)
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:17 PM
 
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Let's hope it gets turned into a Mexican restaurant.
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