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The story has gone national (The Wall Street Journal reported that the flap was over a cheesecake store) and now the city’s Human Relations Commission has ordered Geno’s owner, Joey Vento to remove a sign that reads:
. When ordering, speak English. America
Vento is unrepentant:
I’m trying to help these people. You teach them how to say 'cheesesteak,' then they go home and learn another word. That’s how every other group [of immigrants] did it.
To take down the sign now, he says, would be an admission that he was wrong. Besides which, his business is booming and line are long with both customers and curiosity seekers.
Well, I know from experience that some Philadelphians have words in their vocabularies beyond "cheesesteak." Words like "arson fire" and "drive-by shooting." It seems like it will be only a matter of time before a hothead does something stoopid that will only get people hurt.
The message that tourists were getting, that other people were getting, from this publicity was, 'In Philadelphia, either speak the language or get out.'
He says his staff will work with the patrons in getting their order no matter what language they speak:
Luke says he's thinking about creating an international cheesesteak that you can get anything on. Except tofu. That's where he draws the line.
If I was to go to another country where I didn't speak the language, should I be denied service at a restaurant?
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