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Officials say ‘order-in-English’ sign at Philly cheesesteak store may be discrimination February 8, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Geno's Steaks, Joe Vento, Pat's King of Steaks, Philly cheesesteak, Please speak english, This is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING 'PLEASE SPEAK ENGLISH.

Officials found evidence that the owner of one of the city’s signature cheesesteak joints may have discriminated against immigrants by telling them to order in English.The city human relations commission will move ahead with its investigation of Geno’s Steaks, which posted a sign reading, “This is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING ‘PLEASE SPEAK ENGLISH,’” according to a letter the commission sent to owner Joe Vento last week.

Vento’s sign caused an uproar last year, when immigrants’ rights groups threatened to boycott or order in other languages and he refused a city councilman’s request to take it down.Vento, the fiery grandson of Sicilian immigrants, and his attorneys maintain no one has been turned away at the South Philadelphia shop. Geno’s, along with bitter cross-street rival Pat’s King of Steaks, forms the epicenter of an area often described as ground zero for cheesesteaks.

“They could have found out in one day that nobody has ever been refused service,” Vento said Wednesday.

A message left with the human relations commission was not immediately returned Wednesday.

CARD {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: signonsandiego.com

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