Sign Says: No English, No Service

Diner Under Fire For “English Only” Policy

Lexinton SC Diner

By Todd Starnes, Fox News Radio

A group of Spanish-speaking customers came into the Reedy Creek Family Diner last month and caused quite a stir when they found out the wait staff only spoke English.

“They got offended because we couldn’t speak any Spanish,” owner Greg Simons told Fox affiliate WGHP. “They were frustrated. I was frustrated as well – and they left.”

Simons said no one at his Lexington, N.C. restaurant speaks Spanish – or another other foreign language for that matter. “Unfortunately, I don’t have anybody here that’s bilingual.”

So Simons decided to post a sign on the front door that said, “No Speak English, No Service.” At the bottom of the sign, he wrote, “We only speak and understand American.”

And that’s when the restaurant known for its fried chicken and homemade pimento cheese stepped right into the middle of a national debate over “English-Only” policies.

Simons said he was deluged with angry email messages and phone calls. Someone threw a brick through a restaurant window. He said things became so outrageous he decided to take down the sign.


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2 replies

  1. Are average Americans really as stupid as they are portrayed in the YouTube video .’Americans are NOT stupid’ ? It certainly seems that way to judge by this article, because the people who run this restaurant seem completely clueless. I say this because all they have to do is to get each item of their menu translated into Spanish and have the Spanish version next to the English version so Spanish-speaking people can point to it. This of course presumes that the staff can read, but maybe they lack this skill as well.


    • I agree about the menu and how simple that solution would be, Erwin…and thank you so much for sharing those clips which are now now available here on this blog. It is the evidence of ignorance to show that average American not only does not know much, but does not think much nor take advantage of the global information available right at our fingertips.


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