English Only Cheese Steak Shop

Joe Vento, owner of Geno’s Steaks in Philadelpha, PA had the courage to put up a sign thatsaid “This is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING ‘PLEASE SPEAK ENGLISH'”. The amazing thing is the Commision on Human Relations ruled that this is not descriminatory and does not violate Philly’s Fair Practice Ordinance.

Critics of the sign, and most likely the ones to complain to the CHR claim that it discourages non-English speaking people from going there. Well so what. If it hurst Vento’s business he will change to survive, if it does not hurt his business then more power to him. People have a choice of where to eat and if people do not like his place for any reason, they should go someplace else to eat. His staff should not have to waste time trying to figure out what someone wants if they cannot order it in English, and other patrons should not have to wait for the staff to figure out what these non-English speakers want.

This is the beauty of free enterprise.

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) — A Philadelphia agency has ruled that English-only signs at a famous cheese steak shop are not discriminatory.

The Commission on Human Relations says in its Wednesday ruling that the signs at Geno’s Steaks do not violate the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance.

Joe Vento posted the signs at his shop in October 2005. They read “This is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING ‘PLEASE SPEAK ENGLISH.’ ” Video Watch a 2006 report on the issue »

Critics allege the policy discourages customers of certain backgrounds from eating there. They say the signs discourage non-English speakers from going to the shop.

Vento says he has never refused service to anyone because they couldn’t speak English.


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