English Only Please!

Tonight on Lou Dobbs was great! Time wasting in Government seems to be a big deal and someone, somewhere is just looking to make your life hard. As a perfect example we have this little story of the Philly Cheese Steak maker from Philadelphia.

Apparently in 2005 Mr. Vento posted a sign that said if you wanted to order a sandwich it had to be in English ONLY. Councilman Jim Kenny, a long time friend and customer decided 9 months later that the sign was *politically incorrect* and the city tried to take Mr. Vento to task for it. They ordered him to remove his signs. Mr. Vento refused. Here is the full story as told on Lou Dobbs tonight:


DOBBS: Well, a major legal victory for the owner than of a famous cheese steak shop in Philadelphia, the City of Philadelphia finally ruling that Joe Vento did not discriminate when he posted English only signs in his shop. Two years ago — it took two years for the City of Philadelphia to figure it out. By the way, that sign “Please speak English when ordering.”

Mr. Vento posted those signs. And Mr. Vento says he never refused service to anyone because they couldn’t speak English. He joins me live now from Geno’s Cheese Steak Shop in Philadelphia.

Joe, good to have you with us. Congratulations on the victory.

JOE VENTO, CHEESE STEAK PROPRIETOR: Thank you, Lou. It’s an honor to be on your show.

DOBBS: It’s great to have you. It’s a battle for common sense in local government, I guess. How in the world, if you never had a complaint, if you never had a problem with a customer, how did this end up being a big deal in the City of Philadelphia, going to the Human Relations Commission?

VENTO: Well, like I said, earlier, I put that sign up in October of 2005, possibly even sooner than that, but I can document that. And it was a political statement I was making. This was, like I said, in October ’05. May of ’06, for some reason, Washington starts to debate speaking English and immigration. All of the sudden, a local councilman who has been a regular customer here decided my sign was offensive.

DOBBS: Who is that councilman? Jim Kenney? Councilman Jim Kenney?

VENTO: Yes. That’s right.

DOBBS: And so he took it to the government, huh?

VENTO: Right. He ran like a little wimp over there.

DOBBS: Did he talk to you about it? Did he complain to you?

VENTO: No, he’s never talked — never, ever …

DOBBS: How long have you guys known each other?

VENTO: We practically grew up together. Same neighborhood. He was a regular customer here at the time. My question was, why in nine months that it was up, it didn’t bother anybody, including Mr. Kenney. Like I said, the immigration problem and discussion in Washington, he decides, I guess to bring up some points. For what reason, I don’t know because we’re talking about illegals here. So I don’t know what they could possibly do for him. Anyway, he came after me. And I was told to counsel people, take the sign down. And I said, no, the sign’s not coming down.

DOBBS: They thought you were going to roll over you, didn’t they, Joe?

VENTO: That’s right. They might have crossed the wrong person. This is one guy you don’t tell what to do. I put my money where my mouth was. The sign stays. And they were shocked. They were not used to having somebody say no, especially when what you say is not politically correct.

And especially since I know I didn’t put it up there to discourage people from coming here because the biggest concern that they said for discrimination was, Joey, you’re discriminating against non-speaking English people. Excuse me, if you don’t speak English, you can’t read the sign, so what does that sign say? And if you do speak it — I mean, it’s a no-brainer. If you do speak English, how is that offensive? And last I understood, you still have to speak English to become a citizen.

DOBBS: Joe, you’re making — wait a minute, you’re making way too much sense. The city government of Philadelphia is going to have to stay away from you. You make too much sense, there is too much common sense, you got too much guts, you’re not rolling over for political correct namby-pambies like this councilman you were talking about.

VENTO: Right, they interviewed councilman yesterday. From what I understand he said, even though I was vindicated, he still thinks it’s black mark on the city, could you imagine that? I’d like to ask Mr. Kenney, how about the murder rate? Do you think that might possibly be a little black mark on Philadelphia, how about the muggings, the rapings, the burglars. Give me a break here.

DOBBS: Not like a precious genius like Councilman Kenney, obviously. Joe Vento, we want to say congratulations. We thank you very much for being with us. You’re our kind of guy. You’re this country’s kind of guy. And I hope you have just nothing but great success. All best wishes.

VENTO: Thank you very much. And God bless America.

DOBBS: Amen.



Mr. Vento You ROCK! Great Job sticking up for yourself. Don’t let anyone push you around! And Mr. Kenny, next time you have a problem with someone, why not talk to them FIRST? Seems you cost a lot of people a lot of money for NOTHING. You are what is wrong with this country. Get a grip. This IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, NOT Mexico or Canada or someplace else. And if you don’t like the fact that the National Language is ENGLISH, MOVE!

~ by justmytruth on March 21, 2008.

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