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Old 03-25-2013, 01:13 AM
 
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Does anybody else get annoyed when a store employee is the one who starts speaking to a customer in Spanish? It's bad enough when customers begin jibber-jabbering in non-English, but when a store employee is the one who starts it all, that's really pushing it for me.
First: What's with all the advertising at the top of the posts? Very irritating...

Now, when clerks start jabbering in any other language than english I just walk away.
It's rude and unprofessional and who knows what they're saying.
Koale
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:16 AM
 
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The language of the United States is English, you are required to read & understand it to get US Citizenship. So those that are not speaking it are probably illegal immigrants, and don't belong here! If you are legally here and are working a job that requires communication between customers, have respect and talk the language of the country your in, its rude to speak a different language around customers if your an employee!
Contrary to your belief, the United States has no official language. Additionally, you are not required to know English to get a US citizenship.

I agree in that we should all respect the language of the country we are in. However, the United States has deliberately decided not to maintain an official language. This causes problems with communication.
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:38 PM
 
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Does anybody else get annoyed when a store employee is the one who starts speaking to a customer in Spanish? It's bad enough when customers begin jibber-jabbering in non-English, but when a store employee is the one who starts it all, that's really pushing it for me.
I guess I'm the annoying customer that starts speaking to the cashier in Spanish. Although, there are times when I effect the little Italian I know at the mom and pop run pizzaria. It's such a shame that we no longer have any German speaking stores in my area. They all died out about 50 - 75 years ago, or I'd use the little bit of German I picked up along the way.

I am 100% German American, and most of my aunts and uncles spoke German as their native language. By the way, we've been in this country for more than 150 years.

I'm really uncertain why you choose to take it as some personal slight when people speak a language you don't understand in a conversation that's none of your business, or am I misunderstanding the topic starter's rant?

As far as service at big box stores, national chains, and the like, what did you expect? I never shop at them if I can avoid it. I will always go to a locally owned shop where the owner and or owner's family is behind the counter. I've found I almost always get better service at locally owned mom and pop stores.

When I'm in a big box store, the teenage white girls behind the counter are usually jibber jabbering about how johnny got a six pack this past weekend and they all got so drunk, so and so's so hot, and like, he's the best, and like I hope he's like going to ask me out, but like no way, he's totally on that skank Marissa. When they speak in a language you don't understand, you're being spared of the mind numbing dullness of their conversation. Why do act so unprofessionally? It's a big box store, and the national chain doesn't care. As long as the store's in the black, the stock holders are happy. Moreover, they've already muscled out all the competition in the area, so you have to go there.

cheers,
bolillo loco

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