Habla Espanol? Debate rages over pizza promotionon May 23, 2012 @ 12:04 pm (Updated: 1:55 pm - 5/23/12 )
A promotion offering free pizza for anyone ordering in Spanish is causing indigestion for Enlish-first advocates
Quieres pizza? Some people don't, at least in Spanish. What was supposed to be a light hearted promotion is facing plenty of backlash. Several groups attacked the 'free pizza' offer to anyone ordering in Spanish at Pizza Patron in Dallas on June 5.
"I think people are sick and tired of picking up a phone and having to wait and press "line 1" if you want English and "line 2" if you want something else," said Peter Thomas of the Conservative Coalition in an interview with Ross and Burbank.
Thomas calls the campaign discriminatory and says it's just the latest in an ongoing erosion of the English language.
"You just keep turning your back a little here a little there and it just keeps going on and on and it keeps building up and pretty soon we'll find it gone," Thomas complains.
"I don't think that there's this huge problem with people not learning English in this country because you occasionally have to press 1," counters co-host Luke Burbank.
"If a company wants to make a business decision for whatever reason to have you speak Spanish or English, why shouldn't they be free to do that in a free market state?" asks co-host Dave Ross.
Thomas insists he has no problem with people speaking any language in their homes, but argues for laws mandating English.
"It just surprises me that a self described conservative would want to enforce a language requirement which you couldn't really enforce unless you expanded the government in a way I don't think even you would be comfortable with," Ross argues.
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