Okay, it’s English. I’m pretty good at English. But I’m confused.
A sign that said “No Speak English, No Service” was taken down from a Lexington restaurant in North Carolina on Tuesday.
Greg Simons said he took down the sign from his restaurant, the Reedy Creek Family Diner, after being bombarded with complaints. “We started getting threatening phone calls and people using colorful language if you will,” Simons said.
The sign said at the very bottom, “We only speak and understand American.” Besides American English, the “No Speak English, No Service” phrase was also translated into French, German, Russian and Spanish. — Fox News Latino, March 16
End of story? Just another idiot southern redneck too damn bigoted, brain dead, and provincial to grasp the concept of the American melting pot? Who, like a braying jackass, had to be physically threatened before he learned how to behave? Evidently not. It’s North Carolina. He’s among kindred souls.
Ever since Greg Simons put up a “No English, No Service” sign at the Reedy Creek Family Diner, located west of Lexington, North Carolina, he and his sign have received international attention. And this has been very good for business, claims Simons, with customers even requesting copies of the sign as souvenirs. — Fox News Latino, May 24
Chef Simons discovered that ignorance, small-mindedness, and ethnic bias are very good for business. You can sell a whole lot of coffee and grits with a free side dish of prejudice, especially when you wave Old Glory and call the English language “American.”
“Damn betcha,” says one loyal local customer, who gave his name as “Cap.” (As in Oxycontin, presumably.) “Ya wanna sit here, they not only make ya order it in ‘Mer’can, and pay ferrit in ‘Mer’can, ya better eat it in ‘Mer’can, too!”
Don’t this make y’all proud to be a ‘Mer’can?
Look, not every nook and cranny of the fruited plain needs to be an international crossroads peopled by cosmopolitan souls conducting themselves and their affairs as citizens of the world.
But no acre of America can claim moral standing to belittle, sneer, and disrespect the human inhabitants of this planet on the basis of their command of a handful of words to describe their breakfast preference.
Find some middle ground, won’t you? A little kindness and respect go a long fucking way, and god knows we could all use some. Especially at meal time.