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Philadelphia "English-only" eatery faces probe
Reuters ^ | 6/12/06 | Jon Hurdle

Posted on 06/12/2006 6:46:32 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A civil rights watchdog agency opened an investigation on Monday into a Philadelphia cheese steak restaurant that posted a sign saying "This is America - when ordering, speak English."

The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations complaint effectively opens a case against Geno's Steaks of South Philadelphia, said Rachel Lawton, acting executive director of the agency.

The Philadelphia controversy has fed a national debate over immigration in which the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would declare English the national language and politicians have raised objections to a Spanish version of the national anthem.

(Excerpt) Read more at today.reuters.com ...


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I did a title search and didn't see this posted. If it's a duplicate, I apologize..
1 posted on 06/12/2006 6:46:33 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Pin headed Liberals are falling all over themselves to drive this guy out of business I bet.....


2 posted on 06/12/2006 6:48:25 PM PDT by Meadow Muffin
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
This guy does not refuse service to non speaking people, he just gives all non English speaking people a steak with cheese whiz on it.
3 posted on 06/12/2006 6:49:09 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

The First Amendment is for some people, not for others. It's the liberals and their thought police to decide...


4 posted on 06/12/2006 6:49:26 PM PDT by Russ
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Reason #1,333,111 to hate Liberals. Geno's is awesome.


5 posted on 06/12/2006 6:49:54 PM PDT by Rosemont
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To: Meadow Muffin

This guy does a good business and now it is off the wall.

They have no grounds to close him down, he doesn't refuse service to non-English speakers.


6 posted on 06/12/2006 6:50:18 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: A CA Guy

"...Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, Pepsi, Pepsi..."


7 posted on 06/12/2006 6:50:56 PM PDT by Paladin2 (If the political indictment's from Fitz, the jury always acquits.)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
Image hosted by Photobucket.com so just put up a sign that says "All WE speak is english... if you want us to understand you, you speak english too!!!"
8 posted on 06/12/2006 6:51:33 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations

Your tax dollars at work, Philadelphians. These people actually get paid to harass a patriotic small businessman, and you're paying them.

Being on the West Coast, I really wish I could buy a bunch of Geno's cheese steaks by mail order. At the least I want the t-shirt. Anybody have contact info for Geno's?

9 posted on 06/12/2006 6:51:33 PM PDT by Argus
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

I'll never have to agonize over choosing between Pat's and Geno's again. I'm a Geno's man forevermore.


10 posted on 06/12/2006 6:52:22 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: A CA Guy

Isn't this the place where John Kerry went and ordered a cheesesteak with Swiss cheese?


11 posted on 06/12/2006 6:53:16 PM PDT by ConservativeMajority
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
Watch the lefties pull his business license as punishment for daring to insist on English as the required means of doing business on his private property.
12 posted on 06/12/2006 6:53:26 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: ConservativeMajority
Isn't this the place where John Kerry went and ordered a cheesesteak with Swiss cheese?

That would be out of character for Kerry. He prefers a French cheese like Camembert or Gruyere. A glass of chardonnay is required as well.

13 posted on 06/12/2006 6:55:40 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations are wasting the taxpayers money.

I hope Geno fights back.


15 posted on 06/12/2006 6:56:45 PM PDT by garbageseeker
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

A Geno Ping


16 posted on 06/12/2006 6:57:23 PM PDT by garbageseeker
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Oh, goody!

I love watching libs overreact to this!

Yeah, keep telling all the working class democrat voters of Philadelphia they need to learn Spanish!


(wipes popcorn butter off chin)


17 posted on 06/12/2006 6:57:32 PM PDT by stands2reason (You cannot bully or insult conservatives into supporting your guy.)
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To: Paladin2

Word has it they're so quick with service a guy with a stuttering prollem went in and before he could get stopped, he'd ordered a half dozen chchchchcheesestststseaks.


18 posted on 06/12/2006 6:58:36 PM PDT by azhenfud (He who always is looking up seldom finds others' lost change.)
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To: Paladin2

Not really, the guy is I think third generation Italian with a thick Brooklyn accent.


19 posted on 06/12/2006 6:59:13 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

www.phila.gov/humanrelations/contact.html

Rachel Lawton, Acting Executive Director
email: rachel.lawton@phila.gov

Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations
34 S. 11th Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Main Telephone: (215) 686-4670
TTY: (215) 686-3239
Fax: (215) 686-4684


20 posted on 06/12/2006 6:59:42 PM PDT by rudy45
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To: Myrddin; ConservativeMajority

I hear he did ask for Gruyére first.


21 posted on 06/12/2006 6:59:50 PM PDT by stands2reason (You cannot bully or insult conservatives into supporting your guy.)
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To: ConservativeMajority
Isn't this the place where John Kerry went and ordered a cheesesteak with Swiss cheese?

He went to Pat's King of Steaks. This is across the street from Gino's.

Then when he tried to eat the sammich - like a priss - cameras started snapping and he got all po'd

Photo op gone bad.

BTW - both Pat's and Gino's are bound to raise your cholesterol 100 points (heavan!!)

22 posted on 06/12/2006 7:00:43 PM PDT by llevrok (The next "greatest generation" is now.)
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To: A CA Guy

More like "cheesebargah" "cheesebargah"


23 posted on 06/12/2006 7:01:21 PM PDT by stands2reason (You cannot bully or insult conservatives into supporting your guy.)
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To: ConservativeMajority

No, that was Pat's across the street.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A51517-2003Aug12


24 posted on 06/12/2006 7:03:59 PM PDT by DaveMSmith (All religion is of life, and a life of religion is to do good.)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Cheesesteaks. I'm sorry. But the world could do without those monstrosities.


25 posted on 06/12/2006 7:04:36 PM PDT by rightwinggoth
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
Um this is a private establishment they can do what ever they want. No one has a right to eat at this establishment.
26 posted on 06/12/2006 7:04:49 PM PDT by spikeytx86 (Pray for Democrats for they have been brainwashed by there fruity little club.)
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To: spikeytx86

unless the gubmint says otherwise..which they're trying to do..


27 posted on 06/12/2006 7:05:46 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
He has the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. Sounds bad but it's his business...not unless he's getting money from the city.
28 posted on 06/12/2006 7:07:16 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Pretty soon they will probably require all business's to have a staff worker and manager who speaks the top 5 languages in the nation before they can even open for business.


29 posted on 06/12/2006 7:10:26 PM PDT by spikeytx86 (Pray for Democrats for they have been brainwashed by there fruity little club.)
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To: Myrddin

'..watch the lefties pull his business license..'

knew this would happen. Libs think free speech applies only to them. Hope his restaurant meets all city/state codes and cleanliness standards..cause they'll try to get him however they can. And, I'd keep a VERY CLOSE watch on any lib inspectors that come into restaurant....wouldn't put it past them to 'bring in' dirt.

God bless this patriotic man.


30 posted on 06/12/2006 7:16:10 PM PDT by 4integrity
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To: Myrddin

'..watch the lefties pull his business license..'

knew this would happen. Libs think free speech applies only to them. Hope his restaurant meets all city/state codes and cleanliness standards..cause they'll try to get him however they can. And, I'd keep a VERY CLOSE watch on any lib inspectors that come into restaurant....wouldn't put it past them to 'bring in' dirt.

God bless this patriotic man.


31 posted on 06/12/2006 7:17:48 PM PDT by 4integrity
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To: stands2reason

Meatball Meatball. They are Italian.


32 posted on 06/12/2006 7:18:20 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: 4integrity

oops, sorry for double post.....got to learn patience.


33 posted on 06/12/2006 7:18:33 PM PDT by 4integrity
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

I would love to know just who is was that filed the compliant. These agencies don't act on anything until a compliant is filed.


34 posted on 06/12/2006 7:23:45 PM PDT by moonman (`)
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To: rightwinggoth

"Cheesesteaks. I'm sorry. But the world could do without those monstrosities."

WRONG! What the world needs is a Geno's Steaks branch in Los Angeles.


35 posted on 06/12/2006 7:37:20 PM PDT by hauerf
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
I don't understand the Commission on Human Relations' problem. If the imports can't speak english enough to order a steak and cheese, how are they supposed to read the sign warning them of the requirement?

Is Geno's required to employ folks fluent in every language in the event a guy who speaks the African clicky stuff wanders by and wants to try one of these babies?


36 posted on 06/12/2006 7:39:27 PM PDT by Nomorjer Kinov (If the opposite of "pro" is "con" , what is the opposite of progress?)
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To: 4integrity

"'..watch the lefties pull his business license..' "

There would be riots.


37 posted on 06/12/2006 7:39:56 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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To: A CA Guy

I was thinking more of a role reversal with the quote coming from some of the customers. How hard would it be to learn three or four English words to be able to order?


38 posted on 06/12/2006 7:44:47 PM PDT by Paladin2 (If the political indictment's from Fitz, the jury always acquits.)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Ben Franklin is truly rolling over in his grave.


39 posted on 06/12/2006 7:46:14 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Conservatism is moderate, it is the center, it is the middle of the road)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
"This is America - when ordering, speak English."

If that's all Geno's staff speaks, customers won't get much ordering in something other than English...

40 posted on 06/12/2006 7:46:36 PM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
Saw a clip on the Philly evening news about this. It seems that their business was especially brisk today as they eventually ran out of rolls! A local poll was decidedly in favor of letting Geno's keep the "offensive" sign in place.
41 posted on 06/12/2006 7:47:27 PM PDT by USMA '71
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To: rightwinggoth
But the world could do without those monstrosities

Yeah, we should all eat tofu and brie.

Posts like yours are a reminder that some FReepers are nothing more than closet liberals.

42 posted on 06/12/2006 7:49:39 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Conservatism is moderate, it is the center, it is the middle of the road)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Sign says "please" speak English! They do not refuse service to anyone. Also, the sign has been there since October!
What about places that have signs saying, "no shoes, no shirt, no service"? Isn't that discrimination ?


43 posted on 06/12/2006 7:49:39 PM PDT by PhillyRepublican
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

I have traveled the World knowing only two sentences of the local language, wherever I happen to be. "I'm sorry, I don't speak (insert local language here), could we please speak English", and "Two more beers, please". In my younger, single days, I also made it my business to know how to say "You look lovely tonight". These stock phrases allowed me to have a good time everywhere except Somalia, where there are simply no good times to be had.

But if I were a foreigner in Philadelphia, I would also make it my business to learn how to say "Gimme one of those Geno's Cheesesteaks and a Coke!"


44 posted on 06/12/2006 7:50:33 PM PDT by jebeier (If you can't get it right on the death of Zarqawi, .... you can't get anything right.)
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To: Paladin2

They know some English words.

Welfare
Food Stamps
Materity Ward in Emergency Ward
Beer
Home Depot


45 posted on 06/12/2006 7:50:52 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Nomorjer Kinov

46 posted on 06/12/2006 7:51:57 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
"The complaint will say that the sign discourages patronage by non-English speakers because of their national origin and/or ancestry," Lawton, whose agency enforces the city's anti-discrimination laws, said before the official filing.

Furthermore, Lawton ordered, Geno's must henceforth be ready to take customer's food orders accurately in any language the customer chooses: French, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Italian, Celtic, Arabic, Egyptian, Armenian, Turkish, Chechen, Russian, Portuguese, Ebonics, Navajo, Siouan, Polynesian, Japanese, Chinese, International Sign Language, ....

47 posted on 06/12/2006 7:54:50 PM PDT by GregoryFul (cheap, immigrant labor built America)
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I don't see how it's in PCHR's jurisdication.

Thier mission, as stated on their website doesn't cover this.

... discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, sex, sexual orientation, disability, marital status. and gender identity

Geno's does violate any of these. He's even said on interviews, that if they can order in english, he simply sells them whatever they are pushing.

48 posted on 06/12/2006 7:59:41 PM PDT by mlstier ("The Right to Privacy does not trump the Right to Life" -- Bill O'Reilly)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Exactly what authority does this "Civil Rights Commission" have? When exactly did small business owners lose the right to free expression? Where is the ACLU when (really) you need them?


49 posted on 06/12/2006 8:07:18 PM PDT by rbg81 (1)
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To: rudy45

To Rachel Lawton:
I knew you would waste the taxpayers money and try to persecute Gino's for thought crimes.

Freedom of speech is only for those who parrot the liberal line. Anyone who dares to express politically incorrect ideas will feel the wrath of the Thought Police.

Are you going to require an interpreter for every known language? Force him to acknowledge his sins and shout I LOVE BIG BROTHER?


50 posted on 06/12/2006 8:35:53 PM PDT by Vietnam Vet From New Mexico
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