Sign At Local Eatery: No English, No Service
From WXII12.com, for patrons at a Lexington, North Carolina diner, it doesn’t get much clearer: if you don’t speak English, you won’t get service. A sign, posted on the door at the Reedy Creek Family Diner off Highway 150, warns guests that the staff is only prepared to converse with those who speak “American.”
The sign reads: “God bless America and all who those who protect and serve our great country. 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.
About a month ago the restaurant owner Greg Simons said he posted the sign after he and his wait staff were put into an uncomfortable situation with a group of customers. “They got offended because we couldn’t speak any Spanish. They were frustrated. I was frustrated as well and they left. Unfortunately I don’t have anybody here that’s bilingual,” said Simons.
Simons believes people are taking his sign out of context, making a racial issue out of something he says is merely a communication issue. “It doesn’t really make any sense to me. Why would I want to alienate any customers?” Simons said.
He’s received complaints that this sign is racist. Yet his sign doesn’t say “We don’t serve Mexicans, Blacks, etc.” They are a protected class and that would be discrimination. Is it too much for a business owner to request that you speak English in the USA?