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Our Great DiscrimiNation

| Working | August 3, 2012

(My coworker and I usually work the registers together. A group of customers come in speaking a foreign language. My coworker waits until they are out of ear shot and then starts talking about them.)

Coworker #1: “If they’re going to come to this country, they can at least learn the language.”

Me: “You don’t know they don’t speak English. Just because they’re not speaking it now doesn’t mean they don’t speak it at all.”

Coworker #1: “I’m so tired of illegal Mexicans coming here and thinking they’re allowed to speak Spanish any time they want. It’s stupid. They need to learn our native language.”

(Another coworker has overheard the conversation and speaks up.)

Coworker #2: *sarcastically* “Yeah, they should speak Cherokee.”

Coworker #1: *shuts up*

(As for the “illegal Mexicans”, they were on vacation from Italy.)

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