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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:13 PM

Mexican restaurant requires employees to wear anti-immigrant t-shirts

Source: Think Progress

Mexican Restaurant In South Carolina Under Fire For Racist ‘How To Catch An Illegal Immigrant’ T-Shirt



By Scott Keyes on Jan 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

A Mexican restaurant in Columbia, South Carolina is being criticized for its racist T-shirts showing a wooden trap using tacos as bait with the caption “HOW TO CATCH AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT”.

As the Palmetto Public Record notes, a South Carolina reporter tweeted a photo yesterday of someone who appears to be a Taco Cid restaurant employee wearing the offensive shirt.
http://palmettopublicrecord.org/2013/01/07/sc-mexican-restaurants-offensive-t-shirt-how-to-catch-an-illegal-immigrant/

ThinkProgress spoke with an employee at Taco Cid who confirmed that restaurant workers indeed wear the shirt. He also noted that patrons can purchase it as well.

Taco Cid, a one-star restaurant that has shuttered franchises in recent years, appears to have cribbed the design from the “Offensive Obscene & Sex Related Tees” section of an online apparel designer.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/01/07/1407561/racist-mexican-shirt/

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Reply Mexican restaurant requires employees to wear anti-immigrant t-shirts (Original post)
kpete Jan 2013 OP
liberal N proud Jan 2013 #1
d_r Jan 2013 #4
MynameisBlarney Jan 2013 #24
MynameisBlarney Jan 2013 #5
liberal N proud Jan 2013 #9
MynameisBlarney Jan 2013 #20
liberal N proud Jan 2013 #22
MynameisBlarney Jan 2013 #23
liberal N proud Jan 2013 #26
MynameisBlarney Jan 2013 #27
Brigid Jan 2013 #49
awoke_in_2003 Jan 2013 #2
alp227 Jan 2013 #53
TDale313 Jan 2013 #3
MynameisBlarney Jan 2013 #7
bitchkitty Jan 2013 #38
TDale313 Jan 2013 #39
bigworld Jan 2013 #6
MADem Jan 2013 #8
JI7 Jan 2013 #10
Ken Burch Jan 2013 #16
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struggle4progress Jan 2013 #34
TDale313 Jan 2013 #40
obama2terms Jan 2013 #11
mac56 Jan 2013 #12
ForgoTheConsequence Jan 2013 #13
Chellee Jan 2013 #19
MynameisBlarney Jan 2013 #21
ZombieHorde Jan 2013 #28
MynameisBlarney Jan 2013 #31
ZombieHorde Jan 2013 #32
Judi Lynn Jan 2013 #14
Bicoastal Jan 2013 #15
CreekDog Jan 2013 #18
frylock Jan 2013 #37
Systematic Chaos Jan 2013 #17
struggle4progress Jan 2013 #35
Ken Burch Jan 2013 #41
Posteritatis Jan 2013 #25
SwankyXomb Jan 2013 #48
Xipe Totec Jan 2013 #29
They_Live Jan 2013 #30
Xipe Totec Jan 2013 #33
demwing Jan 2013 #36
tawadi Jan 2013 #42
jsr Jan 2013 #43
sulphurdunn Jan 2013 #44
Mr.Bill Jan 2013 #45
SwankyXomb Jan 2013 #46
Brigid Jan 2013 #52
dembotoz Jan 2013 #47
lunasun Jan 2013 #50
Dyedinthewoolliberal Jan 2013 #51

Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:14 PM

1. I bet Taco Cid is no more Mexican than Taco Bell

No self respecting Mexican would be caught dead in one.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:25 PM

4. yeah, you know it has

to be a crappy taco

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Response to d_r (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:44 PM

24. Total gut rockets

I'm sure, lol

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:27 PM

5. When I was living in NC

There were a bunch of Mexican immigrants that worked at a Taco Bell that was on my daily delivery route. Even though one can only do so much to improve food from that place, whatever they did, made it much better than any of the other locations I've been to.
And the hot sauce was served in little to go cups, no packets anywhere. It was definitely not taco bells hot sauce.
I miss that place.

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Response to MynameisBlarney (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:29 PM

9. Our favorite Mexican Restaurant was in an old Taco Bell building

You stood in line to get in the place.

I don't think the waiters spoke english but the food was incredible.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:20 PM

20. Nice, those are the best types of places

No fancy decor, no BS, just good food, cheap.
If you ever make it to Charlotte, check out Price's Chicken Coop.
Best fried chicken in the known universe.
It's one of those bare bone, no-frills places. It's probably more expensive now, but still likely very affordable.
But 3 bucks used to get a heaping plate of chicken, one side, and a big fat slice of bread.

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Response to MynameisBlarney (Reply #20)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:25 PM

22. We always stop for barb-que in Statesville

Little place down in a neighborhood that is a simple no frills cafe. Always busy with locals. Carolina Barb-que I believe.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #22)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:42 PM

23. Eastern Carolina style?

Or Memphis?
I think I've been there once before, back when I was a truck driver.

I might be thinkin of that place in Shelby though...

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Response to MynameisBlarney (Reply #23)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:52 PM

26. Eastern Carolina

Smoked, not saucy.

The place is about 3 miles off I77 exit 49 maybe?

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #26)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:01 PM

27. Love Eastern Carolina style!

It's possible I had a delivery that took me past it, but it's been years and years since I was there.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #22)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:39 PM

49. Yep, always eat where the locals eat.

They know.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:16 PM

2. Oh good lord...

what a jackass. I hope people boycott this place hard.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:42 AM

53. Well, the restaurant is horrid enough for ONE STAR

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:18 PM

3. Truly disgusting...

and sadly, they'll probably get a ton of publicity from this.

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Response to TDale313 (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:28 PM

7. I dunno...

Columbia and Greeneville are fairly progressive...compared to the rest of the state anyway.

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Response to TDale313 (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:52 PM

38. Not sad - the people who think like him will patronize his restaurant -

and eat lots of low-quality, high-fat, carcinogenic-containing-god-knows-what tacos.

The best tacos come from restaurants that are run by and patronized by Mexicans. Anyone with taste buds knows the difference!

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Response to bitchkitty (Reply #38)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:59 PM

39. Well, yeah. There is that. n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:28 PM

6. It's not even funny. <nt>

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:29 PM

8. Well, those shirts, to me, scream "How to find an asshole, racist, abusive employer!"

It's just not cool to force employees to "get political"--and even more so when you pay them minimum wage and work 'em like a dog!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:31 PM

10. how do people turn out so fucked up ?

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Response to JI7 (Reply #10)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:41 PM

16. Rogers and Hammerstein had an explanation, and it still stands up:

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #16)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:34 PM

34. +

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #16)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:00 PM

40. +1

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:31 PM

11. That's disgusting and racist. If it were me once I left

That place I would either sue the shit out of them or just report them.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:33 PM

12. Fortunately, their phone number and website are emblazoned on that shirt.

Just sayin'

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:34 PM

13. Jokes on them.

Mexicans don't eat those stupid hard shell tacos.

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Response to ForgoTheConsequence (Reply #13)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:58 PM

19. LOL

You're right. They'll waste all their time catching each other, and still never figure out what they're doing wrong.

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Response to ForgoTheConsequence (Reply #13)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:21 PM

21. They'd catch me though...

because, hey...free tacos!

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Response to MynameisBlarney (Reply #21)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:01 PM

28. Yeah, me too.

I love Mexican food. Even crappy Mexican food.

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Response to ZombieHorde (Reply #28)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:08 PM

31. It's kinda like pizza

and sex, even it's bad, it's still good.

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Response to MynameisBlarney (Reply #31)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:09 PM

32. Exactly. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:34 PM

14. Looking for comments on the place, found this:

One look will tell you they don't seem to be impressing people in South Carolina!


http://www.yelp.com/biz/taco-cid-west-columbia

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:37 PM

15. Guys, don't bother. This is basically trolling.

Yet another third-rate entrepreneur took a tip from that old axiom that says "Any PR is good PR." They WANT us to get upset so more people will hear about their restaurant. And this being Red County South Carolina, I'm sure many of them want a meal AND an opportunity to stick it to us uptight PC libs. The more noise we make about it, the more customers they're going to get.

I can tell this because the shirt doesn't even make any sense. If only illegal immigrants liked tacos, why would they be attempting to sell them to the general population?

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Response to Bicoastal (Reply #15)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:46 PM

18. don't respond? what if the shirt said the n- word?

still?

nice try but no.

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Response to Bicoastal (Reply #15)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:44 PM

37. it may not be such a bad idea to send business their way..

evidently the food is pretty bad. I could live with having some racist bagger types attached to their toilets for a couple days.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:43 PM

17. One story I found said they've gone from 4 locations in the state to just this one.

It's like the owner is trying to make this last one fail.

I just hope that it's in the true fast food style of stand at the register and they hand you food after you pay. If there are actual waiters depending on tips in this place then they're well and truly fucked sideways.

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Response to Systematic Chaos (Reply #17)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:39 PM

35. ... The restaurant reportedly used to be a chain in South Carolina but has since shuttered three ...

Mexican restaurant serves up racism with horrible employee T-shirts
http://now.msn.com/taco-cid-makes-employees-wear-racist-t-shirts

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Response to Systematic Chaos (Reply #17)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:06 PM

41. Maybe it's all about getting some sort of tax write-off.

Does the IRS do an Loser Asshole deduction now?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:52 PM

25. "one-star restaurant . . . cribbed the design" - Ha. (nt)

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #25)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:11 PM

48. Since it appears they swiped the design

from BeWild.com, I went ahead and gave them a heads-up, and maybe a C&D will be along shortly.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:03 PM

29. I am more disturbed by where the guy's hands are - Yuck!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:04 PM

30. Maybe

they could just add an "E" to the end of their name.

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Response to They_Live (Reply #30)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:10 PM

33. Brilliant!


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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:43 PM

36. 803-794-4008

The ph# on the shirt....just in case you want to call and share your "appreciation"

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:13 PM

42. That's just tacky

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:15 PM

43. It's just "a witty and comical statement"

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:25 PM

44. Please remember

that this is the land of Strom Thurman, Lindsey Graham, Jim DeMint, Mark Sanford and Nikki Haley, a virtual Madame Tussaud's rogues gallery of wax idiots dating back to the days of slavery. And, less anyone considers my comments impertinent, we can also fight a duel. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that this is the state that fired the official shot that started the Civil War and is still proud of it, and I'm speaking as a Virginian. Does anyone really expect anything less from the plantocracy of this state.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:30 PM

45. That wouldn't go over well

in California.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:02 PM

46. They've already been yelp-bombed

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Response to SwankyXomb (Reply #46)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:15 AM

52. One commenter said he went there and saw cockroaches!

EEEWWW!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:03 PM

47. well lets see, taco bell lusts after the young male demograhpic

would late teens and early 20's kids find the shirts fun?????


i am the father of 2 in that demo

both are liberal dems

but i think both would like an outrageous shirt like that.

just the truth

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Response to dembotoz (Reply #47)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:12 PM

50. cribbed the design from the “Offensive Obscene & Sex Related Tees”

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:49 PM

51. Well

no one ever said you have to have brains to own a restaurant....

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