Thursday, March 20, 2008

Geno's Beats the PC Police

"...The owner of a famous cheesesteak shop did not discriminate when he posted signs telling customers "This is America: WHEN ORDERING 'PLEASE SPEAK ENGLISH,"' a three-member city panel ruled Wednesday.

In a 2-1 vote, the Commission on Human Relations panel found that the two signs at Geno's Steaks do not violate the city's Fair Practices Ordinance. Shop owner Joe Vento posted them than two years ago because of concerns over immigration reform and the increasing number of people from the area who could not order in English." (source)

It hit me last night that each time I've posted about this, I may have failed to tell you a crucial part of the story... HOW you order a Philly cheesesteak. Everyone has probably seen the 'Soup Nazi' episode of Seinfeld and ordering a cheesesteak in Philly is very similar. There is no small talk. You go to the window and say "Whiz With" or "Whiz Without" (or in my case "American Without", 'cause I'm not a big cheese-whiz fan). That's it. Two words. (With or without refers to whether or not you want fried onions.)

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