Geno’s Steaks, one of Philadelphia’s most famous cheesesteak joints, has been granted their First Amendment rights by the city’s Orwellianly named “Commission on Human Relations.”
Geno’s got into some hot water a few years ago when own Joe Vento posted signs that read, “This is America, when ordering please speak English.” Seems some in Philly, the PC police, thought that somehow discriminated against some customers. No one seemed to care about the fact that ordering a cheesesteak doesn’t require a mastery of English, just knowledge of what you want to eat. Geno’s isn’t exactly the Ritz, they sell cheesesteaks. If you can’t convey which one you want and what you want on it with limited English skills, well, you’ve probably already starved to death.
By a 2 to 1 vote, Geno’s was allowed to continue hanging their signs and avoided fines.
Time will tell if signs like that are good for business or not, but it should be up to the business owner and not the government what kind or signs and standards they want to uphold.
Frankly, their cheesesteaks aren’t all the great, but they should be able to do whatever the hell they want, it’s their business.