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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Oh, that's shockingly offensive, pass the salsa, please!

The Pollo Tropical chain recently opened up a restaurant near my place of work in the Atlanta area.

So, I've been there a couple of times, food is pretty good. Prices pretty decent. Reasonably healthy.

Overall, I like the place.

Then today, I see this sign.

IMG_20120718_142439.jpg by spudboy67
IMG_20120718_142439.jpg, a photo by spudboy67 on Flickr.
Are you kidding me?

Is there some way in which that is not offensive?

Who wrote this, some 19th Century British colonialist?

Oh, there's nothing those Caribbean folks like more than serving non-Caribbean people! They're happy that way.

Fortunately, I don't think that any of the employees there were Caribbean, but I'm pretty sure the chain is based out of Florida, where there is a large Caribbean population. Can you imagine how a Caribbean person would feel, having to see that racist shit on the wall at work every day?


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Wow, the only way it could be more offensive is if they said "black" instead of the more euphemistic "Caribbean."

tennysoneehemingway said...

White people huh? You'd think we'd have learned something by now. Guess not.

kirby said...

A simple corporate platitude like "Serving You Is Our Pleasure" would have sufficed.

Blueberry said...

Agree, adding that "Caribbean" is offensive, but wondering why no tipping. Have they decided to start paying the servers a living wage?