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Air Canada ordered to pay $12K to man who couldn’t order 7Up in French
http://news.nationalpost.com ^ | 07/15/2011 | Ian MacLeod

Posted on 07/15/2011 10:44:40 AM PDT by massmike

The Federal Court of Canada on Wednesday ordered Air Canada to pay $12,000 to Ottawa French-language rights crusader Michel Thibodeau in part because when he asked an English-speaking flight attendant for 7Up in May 12 of 2009, he got Sprite.

Air Canada was also ordered to apologize to Mr. Thibodeau and his wife Lynda.

It is Mr. Thibodeau’s second successful legal action against the airline and its subsidiaries. In 2000, he was refused service in French when he tried to order a 7Up from a unilingual English flight attendant on an Air Ontario flight from Montreal to Ottawa.

Mr. Thibodeau filed suit in Federal Court for $525,000 in damages. The court upheld his complaint, ordered the airline to make a formal apology and pay him $5,375.95. Mr. Thibodeau was later honoured by the French-language rights group, Imperatif Francais.

In 2007, he filed a complaint against the City of Ottawa, accusing it of not providing sufficient bilingual services on its buses.

In the latest case, the Thibodeaus initially complained of eight instances in 2009 in which they did not receive services in French at airports in Atlanta, Toronto and Ottawa and aboard three related Air Canada Jazz flights between Canada and the United States.

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TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: 7up; aircanada; canada; canaduh; french; quarterpounder; royale
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1 posted on 07/15/2011 10:44:43 AM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike

run him out in the back country and leave him there


2 posted on 07/15/2011 10:46:33 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: massmike

Imbeciles.


3 posted on 07/15/2011 10:46:48 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: massmike

making a career out of frivolous litigation, sounds like good money, if you find the right niche of aggrieved victim class and a stupid judge


4 posted on 07/15/2011 10:50:24 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: massmike

I would think that if the court found in his favor, the damages awarded would consist of a can of 7-Up.


5 posted on 07/15/2011 10:51:52 AM PDT by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: massmike

Do I have to learn French to sue? “Tres’ insane Frog deum-pa-pa”


6 posted on 07/15/2011 10:54:14 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: massmike

Doesn’t this tell us the future of bilingualism in the country....any country? What a bunch of cultural Luddites.


7 posted on 07/15/2011 10:55:05 AM PDT by Enten (How's that hopey changey thing working out for you?)
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To: massmike

it takes five words to say “7up” in French


8 posted on 07/15/2011 10:57:12 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: massmike

Westboro transplant?


9 posted on 07/15/2011 10:58:57 AM PDT by SkyDancer (You know, they invented wheelbarrows to teach FAA inspectors to walk on their hind legs.)
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To: Enten

Oprima il dos, buddy. Oprima il freaking dos.

- Legal, multi-lingual immigrant who resents being obliged to speak Spanish


10 posted on 07/15/2011 10:59:10 AM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (There is no native criminal class except Congress. Mark Twain)
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To: definitelynotaliberal

Perhaps Barbara Billingsly could have helped translate.


11 posted on 07/15/2011 11:02:57 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massmike

If anyone’s interested, here’s an interview with the guy (in English, btw - he speaks it fluently).

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2011/07/14/18421011.html

The vid is on the center right of the page.


12 posted on 07/15/2011 11:04:46 AM PDT by DemforBush (Serpentine, Shel! Serpentine!)
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To: massmike

While on a European vacation, a couple traveling with us were from Canada and whenever they were asked where they were from they would respond “white Canada”. They were snotty as hell and constantly had their noses in the air. The rest of the folks traveling had a great laugh when we got to Paris and the Parisians could not understand their Canadian French.


13 posted on 07/15/2011 11:06:30 AM PDT by Train Collector (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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To: massgopguy
Perhaps Barbara Billingsly could have helped translate.

How exactly does one order a 7Up in jive?

14 posted on 07/15/2011 11:07:34 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: massmike

Definitely sounds like an activist, but wasn’t that the deal for keeping Canada together? It’s not like here where we’ve trended importing the bilingual problem. Either Quebec stays in Canada and French speakers are obliged by public sector workers and officialdom everywhere, or Quebec goes and these kinds of stories become things of the past.

I thought I remembered Buchanan being supportive of Quebec independence, or saying something like that a while ago. I thought I’d also heard that around one of the referenda the maritime provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island) threatened leaving Canada if Quebec did, but petitioning to join us here in the United States of America.


15 posted on 07/15/2011 11:07:34 AM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: massmike

I wonder what they call a Quarter Pounder in Paris?


16 posted on 07/15/2011 11:08:35 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: massmike
when he asked an English-speaking flight attendant for 7Up in May 12 of 2009, he got Sprite.

You get that here, as well, regardless of the language. When I ask for Coke, they give me Pepsi.

Can I sue?
17 posted on 07/15/2011 11:08:55 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“It’s like those French have a different word for everything.” - Steve Martin


18 posted on 07/15/2011 11:09:31 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
You get that here, as well, regardless of the language. When I ask for Coke, they give me Pepsi.

"All I wanted was a Pepsi....just one Pepsi...."

19 posted on 07/15/2011 11:13:18 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: massgopguy

Why not have Barbara Billingsley translate? After all, Detective Lt. Frank Drebin obviously made the decision and the award.


20 posted on 07/15/2011 11:16:28 AM PDT by Walrus (The American Restoration begins today and it begins with me and my family)
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To: massmike

This sounds like an opportunity for Mr. Thibodeau to be confused with a known international criminal terrorist arms supplier. On the US no-fly list.

Now of course this is Canada, and because the US and Canadian security services don’t talk to each other, nothing bad would come of it. That is, unless Mr. Thibodeau decided to fly. And while Canadian flight security is nowhere as near intense as the TSA...

/purely sarcasm, mind you


21 posted on 07/15/2011 11:17:12 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: massmike

This guy sounds like a giant trou du cul.


22 posted on 07/15/2011 11:18:40 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: DemforBush
“This time, he asked for an additional $500,000 in punitive damages — to make a point and not for the cash, he says.”

BS. They puke is just another freaking parasite. A leech. Wouldn't walk across the street to pour a bottle of 7up on him if he was on fire. Scum. An example of everything wrong in the West.

/and no, I'm not saying what I really feel, not even close...

23 posted on 07/15/2011 11:20:05 AM PDT by piytar (The Obama Depression. Say it early, say it often. Why? Because it's TRUE.)
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To: DemforBush
If anyone’s interested, here’s an interview with the guy (in English, btw - he speaks it fluently).

Can there be a suit against him for not providing clear communication with the flight attendant, who didn't speak English? They are there for more than just serving drinks--the safety of all passengers relies upon clear communication.

24 posted on 07/15/2011 11:21:21 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: massmike

This guy sounds like a giant trou du cul.


25 posted on 07/15/2011 11:21:47 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: dfwgator
I wonder what they call a Quarter Pounder in Paris?

Un Clintón...

26 posted on 07/15/2011 11:23:22 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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27 posted on 07/15/2011 11:24:03 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: xjcsa
Could be they don't serve 7-up on Canadian flights.

You wouldn't be able to order it in English or French.

28 posted on 07/15/2011 11:26:35 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: dfwgator
Royal!
29 posted on 07/15/2011 11:26:46 AM PDT by conservonator (Shakes head, walks away.)
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To: massmike

I hope he doesn’t go watch Shakespeare...we might have theater...I mean, theatre...owners going to court...

KING HENRY V
No, Kate? I will tell thee in French; which I am
sure will hang upon my tongue like a new-married
wife about her husband’s neck, hardly to be shook
off. Je quand sur le possession de France, et quand
vous avez le possession de moi,—let me see, what
then? Saint Denis be my speed!—donc votre est
France et vous etes mienne. It is as easy for me,
Kate, to conquer the kingdom as to speak so much
more French: I shall never move thee in French,
unless it be to laugh at me.


30 posted on 07/15/2011 11:30:44 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: massmike
They have carried appeasement to a degree unequalled even by a Neville Chamberlain. Oh so they might like us now pretty please? This man must be laughing up his sleeve. When he runs short of money, like a blackmailer, he will be up for more. This while a number of Ontario people have to work very hard for that kind of money.

At a beautiful park in Sault Ste Marie Ontario lies the remains of one Colonel Prince (1796-1870). Suddenly people have discovered his history, they want a religious grotto on "his island". This includes a smear of the incumbent who "would be charged with war crimes today". He ordered shot four men for joining the 1838 rebellion. I listen as I walk my dog past his headstone for a rumble, do not hear it yet, but it would be thus:

"Have you all gone stark, staring raving mad".

Yep stark, staring, raving mad.

31 posted on 07/15/2011 11:33:40 AM PDT by Peter Libra
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To: massmike

Perhaps they should put a disclaimer on the bottom of the ticket that states: “We are an equal opportunity airline that does not discriminate based on the number of languages an employee does or does not speak, Thibodeau you bigoted snooty nit picking bastard.”


32 posted on 07/15/2011 11:38:22 AM PDT by Boiling point (Cain / Palin 2012)
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To: count-your-change
Do I have to learn French to sue? “Tres’ insane Frog deum-pa-pa”

Just wait a few years, and you can sue after requesting a Siete-arriba in English.

33 posted on 07/15/2011 11:54:40 AM PDT by rivercat (Typed on my OSX-free MBP! Windows 7 (SP1) FTW!)
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To: massmike

Frickin’ judges in Canada are as tyrannical as they are in the states. Both countries need to do something about the liberal tyrants in black robes that are helping to ruin us.


34 posted on 07/15/2011 11:59:45 AM PDT by calex59
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To: massmike

Lemme guess - they’re fluent in English as well.


35 posted on 07/15/2011 12:04:35 PM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: Thane_Banquo

How exactly does one order a 7Up in jive?

I think it’s “Sprite, aaight?


36 posted on 07/15/2011 12:06:59 PM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: massmike

“Make Seven-Up yours.”


37 posted on 07/15/2011 12:16:32 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Gondring

The craziest thing is that this isn’’t just a French Canadian thing ,,, it infects all French speakers ... Airline pilots have complained for at least 30 years that French Air Traffic Control gets all pissy on occasion and refuses to talk with pilots except in French.


38 posted on 07/15/2011 12:48:15 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: massmike

Now do you see where our Spanish bilingualism will lead to? By printing everything in Spanish, we are creating entire Spanish speaking neighborhoods, towns and cities, with no need to speak English. We are decades behind Canada, but we will balkanize, as sure as I breathe. The entrenched Spanish speaking cities will sprawl and drive out English speakers until entire regions speak Spanish only.

Once again, I kneel and give thanks to the Lord that I was born in the 1950s and not substantially later, when my freedom would be gone and I would be an oppressed minority in my own country.


39 posted on 07/15/2011 12:49:33 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (SP12: They called Reagan "unelectable", too.)
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To: conservonator

“because of the metric system ?”

“look at the big brain on Brad”


40 posted on 07/15/2011 1:00:03 PM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: dfwgator
I wonder what they call a Quarter Pounder in Paris?


It tells you here for the other bit of Canada, eh -

http://www.mcdonalds.ca/fr/index.aspx

My frog speaking is lousy (failed 5 times in school 48 years ago...:^) but I think its -

“Sandwich Quart de Livre” (R)

41 posted on 07/15/2011 1:17:36 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: az_gila

Interestingly enough, the French, Paris version of McDonalds uses the basic US names for most of the products...:^)

http://www.mcdonaldsfrance.fr/


42 posted on 07/15/2011 1:24:25 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: dfwgator

A Royale with Cheese!


43 posted on 07/15/2011 1:48:26 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Yes, you can. As a matter of fact it’s been done. That’s why many establishments make a point of saying: “No Coke. Pepsi.” or words to that effect.


44 posted on 07/15/2011 2:46:21 PM PDT by FredZarguna (If you believe that only eyewitness to murder constitutes proof, you are being unreasonably stupid.)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

Yep. Coming soon to a Norteamericano country near Canada.


45 posted on 07/15/2011 2:48:00 PM PDT by FredZarguna (If you believe that only eyewitness to murder constitutes proof, you are being unreasonably stupid.)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

Yep. Coming soon to a Norteamericano country near Canada.


46 posted on 07/15/2011 2:48:05 PM PDT by FredZarguna (If you believe that only eyewitness to murder constitutes proof, you are being unreasonably stupid.)
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To: woodbutcher1963
“because of the metric system ?” “look at the big brain on Brad”

LOL....my favorite line in the whole movie.

47 posted on 07/15/2011 2:53:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: FredZarguna

Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! NO Coke .. PEPSI!!!


48 posted on 07/16/2011 6:06:55 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: FredZarguna

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0Fyf0eTyoI&feature=related


49 posted on 07/16/2011 6:10:07 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: dfwgator

There were scenes in “Breaking Bad” last night that were a takeoff of “Pulp Fiction”.

Walter White and his partner Jesse were dressed up in brand new Kenney Rogers t-shirts , white pants and red sneakers while they had breakfast at Dennys. Their previous wardrobe had to be destroyed because it was covered in blood.
Walters shirt even had the LARGE LARGE LARGE plastic strip on it during the whole scene.


50 posted on 07/18/2011 7:03:57 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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