Sunday, January 14, 2007

A Slice of Racism

Apparently, not all currencies are fungible. Strange though it may be, the acceptance of Mexican pesos as payment is now seen in some quarters as a facilitation of illegal immigration.

Link

Texas-based pizza chain accepts pesos

By JEFF CARLTON
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

DALLAS -- A pizza chain has been hit with death threats and hate mail after offering to accept Mexican pesos, becoming another flashpoint in the nation's debate over immigrants.

"This is the United States of America, not the United States of Mexico," one e-mail read. "Quit catering to the damn illegal Mexicans," demanded another.

Dallas-based Pizza Patron said it was not trying to inject itself into a larger political debate about illegal immigration when it posted signs this week saying "Aceptamos pesos" - or "We accept pesos" - at its 59 stores across Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and California.

Pizza Patron spokesman Andy Gamm said the company was just trying to sell more pizza to its customers, 60 percent of whom are Hispanic.


I'd better check under the couch cushions for some real money.

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