So, a frozen custard stand in Milwaukee has an awesome policy of allowing English only when customers place their orders. The policy has been instituted for years. It didn’t sit well with one Hispanic man when he tried to order some of the frozen goodness, though.
On Tuesday, Joey Sanchez was at Leon’s Frozen Custard when he overheard an employee telling a Spanish speaking customer that she couldn’t speak to her in that language. Sanchez was next in line. He ordered in Spanish, also, even though he speaks English. The employee told him the same thing she had the other customer. Sorry, English only.
According to Fox 40 Sanchez said, “I’m trying to understand or find the why. I need to hear from him, to hear why he has this policy.”
When interviewed by Fox 6 News, Ron Schneider, the owner of Leon’s, told them, “Hey, c’mon! It is America. We’ve spoken English for a long, long time.”
Schneider said that the policy has been in place for ten years and that, “Any foreign language is going to be a problem. What I’m trying to avoid is when people come up here, get waited on in a different language because there happens to be an employee who speaks that language.”
When the League of United Latin American Citizens, aka (LULAC), found out about Schneider’s policy, they called for a federal investigation.
Dr. Arturo Martinez, the State Director for LULAC Wisconsin released this statement:
“In the last 24 hours, LULAC of Wisconsin has received numerous requests to investigate the issue of workplace policy as it pertains to language at Leon’s Frozen Custard located at 3131 S. 27th Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While many of us consider this as a community institution, it was surprising when we learned of their language policy, which is in clear violation of federal labor law. Upon reviewing the statements made by management in a video interview detailing Leon’s policy, we are requesting an investigation of this policy by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The law is clear on this issue and offers few exceptions. In the meantime, we encourage management to review their current employment policies with counsel to bring them into compliance. We are confident that in doing so, it will lead to a stronger business and a stronger community.”
The funny thing? Schneider’s wife is Hispanic. And his customers want the policy to remain the same.
Ryan Schmidt told reporters, “We do live in America, you know?”
If I go & live in Mexico, you can sure as hell bet I’d learn to speak Spanish. The same should go for anyone who wants to come & live in America. Assimilate, or go home.
“We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
Theodore Roosevelt 1907