So apparently Geno's Steaks, a big Cheesesteak shop in Philly, has a signs in the restaurant reading: "This is AMERICA ... WHEN ORDERING SPEAK ENGLISH." For some reason I'm not aware of, this is considered discriminatory.
The city's Commission on Human Relations Rev. James S. Allen Sr. tells us that "We think it is discriminatory, and we are concerned about the image of Philadelphia." The commission is trying to get the signed removed. They are claiming that Geno's is violating two city ordinances: "denying service to someone because of his or her national origin, and having printed material making certain groups of people feel their patronage is unwelcome."
I think it's a bit silly to claim that requesting orders in English is the equivalent of denying service because of national origin. Plenty of folks from all nationalities use English in their everyday lives here in America. However, I also think it's silly to not take business from anyone who can communicate to you what they want, even if it's not proper English.
Personally, I just have one question for Geno's Steaks: Why is the sign written in English? Someone who doesn't speak English isn't going to understand the sign anyways. How are they going to know that they are expected to order in English? I guess that's two questions.