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Old 10-23-2009, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Bogota, Colombia
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Americans with freedom! What a great concept.
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Old 10-28-2009, 12:32 AM
 
Location: Wherever I want to be... ;)
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I've had this happen many times and honestly it doesn't bother me one bit.

I used to live in Florida, and work in Kissimmee, outside of Orlando. VERY heavily populated with Hispanic/Latinos, mostly Puerto Rican. On my lunch break I'd sometimes stop by a nearby Target and literally was at times the only non-Hispanic Caucasian in the store. Kind of amused me a little...but still never, ever bothered me.

The only thing I'll say...and I hope this doesn't come out badly, but sometimes the volume of what is being said in Spanish is just a little loud for my taste. I speak softly, and I like my quiet.

IMHO, everyone is free to speak in whatever language they wish amongst themselves. As long and they're willing to attempt to communicate with me in English, even if they're language mastery is poor, I am fine with that. The funniest thing though, is that I usually understand a good deal of what is being said...and, as a redhead, I know when I hear pelirroja, my ears perk up.
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Old 11-02-2009, 12:53 AM
 
Location: County Mayo Descendant
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yeah.. learn more German
learn more French
Learn more Russian
Learn more Mandarin

oh wait...
I think its somewhat rude, LOL, guess we better just give up on english, now what do I do? pay for classes to learn these foreign languages , I've said enough
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Old 11-02-2009, 12:56 AM
 
Location: County Mayo Descendant
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But over all customer service is just sliding down the tubes where ever ya go....
Sure is, at times I just leave the store and go to another, you can complain to the mgr that you were not being helped but they even try to make excuses and sugar coat their answers, can't win can we?
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Old 11-02-2009, 12:59 AM
 
Location: County Mayo Descendant
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You can bet if you paid in pesos, they'd remember what country they're in.
Good one
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Utah
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It doesn't bother me at all. It would bother me if it were a customer service situation...like if I got the impression they were being snarky or belittling myself or other customers.

We should all be careful about what you say about people in public, and the assumptions we make.

A friend of mine was at her husband's work with her children, and was shopping while waiting for him. She was overhearing a conversation between 2 other customers complaining about what low-lifes the "Mexicans" who worked there were. They were rather embarassed when one of those "Mexicans" (he was Columbian) approached my friend & kids and kissed her. Imagine what her kids thought?

I was in Italy...I look Italian, my Dad's family is Italian. Two American women next to me were talking about ME in English. You never know.
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Old 01-05-2010, 12:17 PM
 
Location: OCEAN BREEZES AND VIEWS SAN CLEMENTE
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Personally, I don't like feeling like a foreigner in my home country. As far as the "melting pot" thing goes, enough with the tired cliches -- we speak English here. Not good enough? Then allow me to hail an airport cab...

Thank you so much for realizing this. My daughter is going to College and works for a large department store part time. She is so annoyed and upset, the foreiigners, come into here work, and get really really pissed off if she is not speaking there language, she gets furious, and no in this Country if don't want to learn another language, we should not have to, for the People who want to live here, Speak you language to family friends, but when out and shopping, don't think that everyone knows how to speak, arabic, or chinese, or spanish. They don't. It go to the point that one women, actually started shouting, and making a huge scene, this is unecessary. And she was escorted out of the store, still making a scene. And yes i have friends who speak many languages, this is their choice.
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Old 01-06-2010, 05:10 PM
 
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Thank you so much for realizing this. My daughter is going to College and works for a large department store part time. She is so annoyed and upset, the foreiigners, come into here work, and get really really pissed off if she is not speaking there language, she gets furious, and no in this Country if don't want to learn another language, we should not have to, for the People who want to live here, Speak you language to family friends, but when out and shopping, don't think that everyone knows how to speak, arabic, or chinese, or spanish. They don't. It go to the point that one women, actually started shouting, and making a huge scene, this is unecessary. And she was escorted out of the store, still making a scene. And yes i have friends who speak many languages, this is their choice.
I find it incredibly ironic when people who complain about non-English speakers have such a hard time with English themselves.
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Old 01-07-2010, 03:50 PM
 
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I find it incredibly ironic when people who complain about non-English speakers have such a hard time with English themselves.

Hahaha, I was going to say the same thing.
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:52 PM
 
Location: OCEAN BREEZES AND VIEWS SAN CLEMENTE
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I find it incredibly ironic when people who complain about non-English speakers have such a hard time with English themselves.

Big deal made some typos, slap me and send me to my room! My cast has only been off 3 weeks.
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