Pizza Patrón Giving Away Free Pizzas to Spanish Speakers: Fair or Foul?

Living 2012/05/24 21:00:00
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Hablas español? You're in luck. Pizza Patrón, a pizza chain headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is giving away 80,000 large pepperoni pizzas on June 5 to customers who order in Spanish. And not everybody is happy about it, USA Today reports.

"It seems to punish people who can't speak Spanish, and I resent that," Peter Thomas, chairman of the Conservative Caucus, which advocates English as the nation's spoken language, tells USA Today. "In public areas, people should be speaking English, and that includes pizza parlors."

But Andrew Gamm, brand director at Pizza Patrón, says the move is exactly what it appears to be -- a publicity stunt. And a smart one at that: 70 percent of Pizza Patrón's customer base is Spanish-speaking. "It makes perfect sense for us," Gamm tells the paper. "We're trying to make our bond with the Hispanic community stronger." We're not really sure what the big fuss is about... anyone can go on the Internet and figure out how to order a pizza in Spanish. Do you find the giveaway offensive?
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  • Kigan 2012/05/24 22:04:03 (edited)
    So...discrimination is cool as long as it fits into certain criteria, such as being against English speakers?

    If they said English speaking customers only, there would be hell to pay.

    This is why English needs to be declared the official language. Anywhere else requires you to learn the language or have someone assist in translation...or at least use a translating dictionary. Here it seems a trend to expect the country to accommodate the other languages so they don't have to learn ours.

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  • Selina 2012/06/19 03:35:13
    discrimination against those that do not speak a language that is from their own country.
  • lunatic 2012/06/17 00:10:25
    step 1:google translate
    step 2:???
    step 3: pizza! /profit!
  • trublu 2012/06/04 21:23:05
    a business practice that doesn't need regulating

    "Quiero una pizza grande, por favor." extra pepperoni, hold the deportation.
  • lunatic trublu 2012/06/17 00:12:00
    im latino and i literally lol'd
  • Elton Joao 2012/05/31 21:33:35
  • TygaLuv... Elton Joao 2012/05/31 22:27:55
    TygaLuv XO :-*
    Not all hispanics r immigrants.
  • Elton Joao TygaLuv... 2012/06/08 20:31:47
    Elton Joao
    Ok, then fire.
  • George-2 Elton Joao 2012/06/01 18:25:37
  • Elton Joao George-2 2012/06/08 20:34:46
    Elton Joao
    You don't know that. And if I should learn English then what language am I talking then. Don't talk to be because I don't know you, go ask your mum/teacher for advice.
  • George-2 Elton Joao 2012/06/01 18:30:12
    And if you're not American, you should at least know that the United States is great as a result of immigrants. And thanks to the 'United States of America' the whole world isn't currently speaking German.
  • Elton Joao George-2 2012/06/08 20:39:00
  • Rachel ... Elton Joao 2012/06/08 20:57:22
    Rachel Searvogel
    With the disrespectful way you talk to everyone else, if I were to meet you on the street I wouldn't be hesitant to give you a piece of my mind. Alas, we live so far apart from each other that you haven't got much to worry about. Count your blessings.
  • Elton Joao Rachel ... 2012/06/13 18:41:22
  • George-2 Elton Joao 2012/06/08 21:00:24
    Maybe you're on something because you definitely don't make sense. I was right!
  • Elton Joao George-2 2012/06/13 18:42:59
  • lunatic Elton Joao 2012/06/17 00:15:48
    send me your address. and ps no one mentioned race?
  • Elton Joao lunatic 2012/06/26 17:21:15
    Elton Joao
    I aint giving my address, best to meet.
  • lunatic Elton Joao 2012/06/17 00:14:54
  • Elton Joao lunatic 2012/06/26 17:22:00
    Elton Joao
    Blame my school, or search it up online.
  • Elton Joao lunatic 2012/06/26 17:24:13
    Elton Joao
    WRONG. I Searched it up in the internet. My school was right.
  • lunatic Elton Joao 2012/06/17 00:13:23
    anyone can be smart. and not all hispanics are immigrants quoted from ms carter
  • Jeremiah 2012/05/31 16:10:42 (edited)
    Anyone can learn to order pepperoni pizza in Spanish. What is the problem?
  • Quazimoto 2012/05/31 15:56:41
    Why not? I think this is great for publicity. What about a Greek restaurant or Italian restaurant doing the same thing. Would you call it fair or foul then?
  • Iamfree 2012/05/30 19:56:52
    It's their company; they can do what they want.

    That said, I won't be ordering a pizza there any time soon.
  • martin28 Iamfree 2012/05/31 19:32:56
    Something too many people seem to forget.
  • Calvin Harris ✌ 2012/05/30 14:51:15
    Calvin Harris ✌
    Sí, hablo español, but this is discrimination. It's not fair that people who don't speak Spanish don't have a chance for free pizza. :/
  • George-2 Calvin ... 2012/05/30 17:17:02
    Aw, come on, it's like you have to recite poetry in Spanish! Three ridiculous words: "Pizza por favor". Where I live, businesses come up with incredible publicity ideas to attract attention. Everybody's amused to comply, it's fun. So what's happening in the land of the free and the brave? A little insecure maybe?
  • Calvin ... George-2 2012/06/01 14:09:36
    Calvin Harris ✌
    Why Spanish and nit German, huh? Plus what if they start a conversation. "pizza por favor" will not help. Trust me, as a hispanic, I know how most hispanics are. This is discriminating.
  • George-2 Calvin ... 2012/06/01 14:41:09 (edited)
    Congrats for being Hispanic, hope you're proud & away from the 'real discrimination' against you in certain US areas. If they do require a conversation, which is a ridiculous presumption, then you give them the finger & walk away. But you can't base a discrimination accusation on unproven facts. They could've also said 'free pizza' for 65 & up seniors or public school teachers, etc. Why Spanish? Because it has a Spanish name: "Boss Pizza". The other sign phrase: " 'Ready' Drive Through" also points to S P A N I S H. At a KFC (a US franchise) restaurant in South America, a publicity stunt required patrons order in English for a free '6 piece combo' a whole Tuesday. Not a single 'discrimination' accusation!
  • Calvin ... George-2 2012/06/01 23:19:52
    Calvin Harris ✌
    You may think it's ridiculous, but like I've said, most Spanish speakers will try to start a conversation! I know what I'm saying! I don't know the English translation for the word "cabrones", but that's what they are!! Specially in Texas! Discrimination here is high. Many white people hate hispanics, Mexicans in general, and many hispanics hate white people as well. Not all. Oh, and did I mention I'm from Texas? See, I know my facts. I know the typical person here in Texas. Then again, notice how I didn't say "all."
  • Sayer S... Calvin ... 2012/05/30 22:41:55
    Sayer Stewart
    It's not discrimination. Anyone can learn Spanish.
  • Calvin ... Sayer S... 2012/06/01 14:11:28
    Calvin Harris ✌
    It's discrimination if you can barely speak it. It says Spanish speakers, not people who only know 3 words in Spanish.
  • Sayer S... Calvin ... 2012/06/01 18:38:54
    Sayer Stewart
    Anyone could learn more than 3 words in Spanish.
  • Calvin ... Sayer S... 2012/06/01 23:11:16 (edited)
    Calvin Harris ✌
    Perhaps. But when these people tend to start a conversation they will know the person is not a Spanish speaker. There's a lot of people who have try to speak Spanish to me and it's not easy. I can't even understand them!! They rather get a translator. Even me, a native Spanish speaker, can't translate some Spanish words to English. If I say it's not easy, IT'S NOT EASY! So stop saying it like it's a piece of cake.
  • Plantgypc 2012/05/30 14:50:27
  • Sass 2012/05/30 14:41:01
    DISCRIMINATION & RACIAL BIAS. They are heading for one BIG lawsuit!!!
  • lunatic Sass 2012/06/17 00:17:02
    google translate?
  • lunatic lunatic 2012/06/17 00:18:14
    and also if a spanish speaker from spain (who is white european) came asked in spanish is that racism? ^_-
  • HAZL_EYZ 2012/05/30 14:14:57
    who cares, it's their pizza to give away to anyone they want.
  • sam8775 2012/05/30 13:27:01
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