So — the pizza joint is taking pesos, and America’s a goner:
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.
I’ve been watching this story blow up in the blogosphere for a few days now, but death threats?????
C’mon now… be reasonable:
Wal-Mart, H-E-B supermarkets and other American businesses in towns along the Mexican border accept pesos. And some busineses in New York and Minnesota communities along the northern border accept Canadian dollars.
But… well… these aren’t border towns. What on earth could be happening here? It must be an infiltration!
Pizza Patron proclaims on its Web site that “to serve the Hispanic community is our passion.” Its restaurants are in mostly Hispanic neighborhoods, and each manager must be bilingual and live nearby, said Pizza Patron founder Antonio Swad, who is part-Italian, part-Lebanese.
In less hysterical parts of the country, this is known as marketing, and contrary to some rather over-reactive folks, marketing and “Reconquista” are not synonyms.
Really, I promise. I looked it up and everything.