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Pizza Por Favor, Spanish-Speaking Customers Get Free Pizza

May 24, 2012 by  

Pizza Por Favor, Spanish-Speaking Customers Get Free Pizza
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Pizza Patron plans to give away free pizza to customers who order in Spanish.

Do you want free pizza? If you answered “Si,” head over to the closest Pizza Patron.

On June 5, anyone who places an order in Spanish between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. will receive a free large pepperoni pizza. The company states that the promo is a way to acknowledge the “positive force of change immigrants have made in communities throughout America.”

“I think it’s cool. I need to learn,” said one black female customer.

But not everyone thinks it’s cool. Marcela Gomez, president of the Hispanic Marketing Group, told USA Today: “Maybe they thought it was a cute thing to do, but I think it’s discrimination. As an advertising agency, I would never recommend this to my client.”

Peter Thomas, chairman of the Conservative Caucus agrees: “It seems to punish people who can’t speak Spanish, and I resent that. In public areas, people should be speaking English, and that includes pizza parlors.”

Pizza Patron brand director Andrew Gramm expects to give away 80,000 pizzas.

This is not the first time Pizza Patron has been involved in an over-the-border controversy. In 2007, the restaurant chain began its practice of accepting pesos for pizza as a way to help immigrants use their Mexican money.

The Dallas-based pizzeria has locations in California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Georgia and Florida.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • eddie47d

    I’d be more worried about the phony and unethical ads by pharmaceutical companies who sell a product that has horrible side effects and cost a fortune. Than someone attempting to give pizza away to attract customers. Much of advertising in our lives are exaggerations and half truths so unless this pizza company has a lousy product then he should be able to advertise the way he sees fit. Maybe next week he or another company could try Polish or Italian. How about those special deals at car dealerships with very low interest rates but when you attempt to purchase the ads promises disappear?

  • 9mm protection

    Expect no argument for the illegals on this promotion. However, offer the same promotion using Japanese language as an example and watch them scream “unfair”.

  • Pete0097

    The closest one to me is 2 hours away. Oh well. It is a great promotion, however, they should do it so that anyone who orders a pizza in a foriegn langauge gets a free pizza. That would cover all immigrants and would encourage people of all ethnic backrounds to learn something of their heritage and show what a melting pot we really are. For example, in Canada everything has to be in French and English, but did you know that there are more German-Canadians than French-Canadians? Doesn’t seem right.

    • Chester

      Pete, I would say that the only province in Canada that REQUIRES everything to be in both French and English is Quebec, and not all that many German Canadians live there. In all the other provinces, English is the language of choice, but, as in the United States, it is not the “official” language.

  • Mike S.

    If we believe in the free market, then the private owner of this private company should be able to use any legal promotion it wants to use! I feel the same way about the government telling restaurant and store owners, they cannot allow smoking in their facilities! If a owner wants to have a smoking facility, that should be their right, let the market decide if it will work. Most people prefer a smoke free environment, so most places would be smoke free without government regulations, but a few places could prosper by offering a smoking environment for those who prefer to enjoy a smoke before, during or after their meal!
    As consumers, we decide which places we want to do business with and if a private company or mom and pop shop provides what a large portion of consumers want, then they will prosper, si?
    Of course, the government thinks we are not smart enough to decide for ourselves, so they create all these crazy regulations. But then maybe they create the regs, not to protect us as much as to protect their hold on us!

    Long live the R3volution!

    Mike S.

    • Vigilant

      Mike S., you are 100% right. and Peter Thomas is 100% wrong..

      “Peter Thomas, chairman of the Conservative Caucus agrees: “It seems to punish people who can’t speak Spanish, and I resent that. In public areas, people should be speaking English, and that includes pizza parlors.” What an idiot!

      “In public areas, people should be speaking English?” I guess Mr. Thomas would be wasting his time getting a passport, unless he only wished to go to English-speaking countries. He’s no Conservative by any stretch of the imagination.

      Many concerns offer free meals on your birthday, many offer discounts to seniors or veterans. What about “ladies nights” or happy hours? Certainly someone, somewhere is being “discriminated against.”

      And, once again, leave it to Brian Nash to leave us with an incomplete story. From http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/31104887/detail.html :

      “If you don’t speak Spanish, come on in. We’ll give you the phrase and make sure everyone that shows up walks away with a pizza,” said Andrew Gamm, the brand director for Pizza Patron.”

  • FreedomFighter

    Maybe they should do it for Russian, 20,000 Speshnats down there now, maybe they like pizza.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • DINA

    I would never go to any company that uses ways to get business that does not promote “AMERICAN WAYS” People that come to this country legally, should learn to communicate in American! Catering to forien languages affends me, along with other things that have been going on in this country that schools & other forien people look down on. THIS IS MY COUNTRY!! AND AMERICA IS GREAT! People that come here should learn to fit in, not stand out like a soar thumb! So, speak American & dress like an American & last but not least, ABIDE BY AMERICAN LAWS!! Anyone that lives here & wants to go by their countries laws, must go back to their country than. We will not tolerate crazy laws from other countries!!!

    • eddie47d

      Don’t be so arrogant. Travel to Europe, Mexico and many other places and they bend over backwards to please English speaking people . (You know, business folks and tourists).

      • http://www.CafePeyote.com Ricardo

        Great answer Eddie. The issue is tolerance. It’s not us Spanish vs. English speakers and where we should use it. A couple of years ago, In a small beach community in the Tijuana, Baja, Mexico area, where a majority of the homeowners were Americans from California, one of the American residence wanted to get a gardener fired because he did not speak English, and this was in Mexico.

        Let’s focus on the oppressors, the 1% and all the very important subjects that are mentioned on this blog. Free pizza for a van filled with Spanish speaking illegal laborers that work in the fields of foods you eat every day which are trying to survive should not concern you as much as what the New World Order manipulators have instored for all of us. The people that control our government are the ones that exploit Mexico, promote the illegal cheap labor coming from the other side of the border, and are working to turn all Americans into paupers.

        Think with your head, but also with your heart.

        CafePeyote.com

    • CJ

      Dina, I’m not sure what “communicate in AMERICAN” means. AMERICA is, afterall, the entire Western Hemisphere. Canada is America, Mexico is America, Brazil is America… (North, Central & South AMERICA) so French, Spanish, Portuguese… all are “AMERICAN.” I must assume you infer US English, as European English has some differences, and you COULDN’T have wanted to include THEM!! They’re FOREIGHERS and undesireables in your thinking. And you couldn’t have implied a traditional mis-use of the term, now could you?

      • Nicolas

        Maybe CJ shuld learn to speek inglish first.

  • ALL AMERICAN

    Good comment Dena.

    • ALL AMERICAN

      Sorry… Dina.
      Thanks again for the spot-on comment.

  • Ken

    I was asked recently in a Poll if I consider myself a citizen of my city, my country or the world. My answer, I am a proud citizen of the United States of America. I grew up in a town in Montana called Butte. This town has a large diverse ethnic population. Example on St. Patrick’s day everyone is Irish, every other day this population of Butte is American. We better start recognizing our Heritage after being American. I am a proud American of Hungarian decent, not a Hungarian American. Ken

  • ONTIME

    WHY DO YOU HAVE TO ORDER IN MEX….IS IT UNAMERICAN TO ORDER IN ENGLISH?

    Stuff your pizza where the sun don’t shine!

  • Nicolas

    The Bible tells us that “Pride comes before a fall”. Americans have become too prideful and arrogant. We have allowed the media to convince us that this is a race issue. The government is using the media to divide us into different classes, races, and into different political camps. Americans argue over the littlest things that do not matter. This would not have even been an issue 200 years ago. This Nation was founded with immigrants from other countries. Many of the Founders spoke more than 2 languages. Benjamin Franklin was said to have spoken 5 different languages. We as Americans should be proud of those that can speak more than just English. People that speak 2 or more languages have more economic advantages than those that just speak 1 language. This English only propaganda has hurt the U.S. economically. Other nations consider us pridefull and arrogant and prefer not to do business with the U.S. because of this. Ask any foreigners that come to visit. They may be cautious as to what they say because some fear retribution.
    We as Americans need to stop letting small issues divide us as a Nation.
    When I was going through boot camp, the Drill Instructors would remind us that we are not Anglos, Mexican Americans, African Americans but only different shades of Americans.
    We were either White Americans, Brown Americans, Black Americans, Yellow Americans, Red Americans – But we were all Americans! No matter what other languages you spoke and no matter what your family traditions – We Are Americans.
    Don’t let the politicians and the media tell you otherwise because “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”. If we fall, it’s gonna hurt because many of us are going to pull everyone else down with us.
    Tip for everyone: Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
    Good Day!
    Nicolas Lomas

    • Rick

      The founding papers forthis country are in english. As far as hurting us economically they need us way more than we need them. Globaql economy everybody one the globe drops their cheap products in our economy. If you want to live here you need to learn the language.

  • Ben

    Hay I speak Spanish ( buenos tacos and happy enchiladas and donde esta e bano.) does that count and can I ge a pizza, where is the pizza shop. LOL

  • Barry

    I have never heard of this pizza place, but as simply as I can say it “BOYCOTT” how easy is that.

  • GaryTraditionalUltraConservative

    The one thing and probably the most important factor that truly and genuinely unites a citizenry together of any nation as a united society of Patriotic Loyal Citizens who are the core of any nation is their ability and their desire to always read, write and speak one common national language or one official national language everywhere at all times in public in that nation so that all citizens of that nation can and will understand each other everywhere at all times and that all REAL immigrants will have a very strong desire and patriotic Loyal enthusiasm to learn to read, to write and to speak that one common or official national language to be able to communicate with all of the citizens of that nation on a fair and equal level of society which will prepare those REAL immigrants to become Loyal and Patriotic Citizens of that nation by reading, writing and speaking that one common or official national language of that nation and not decline, not degrade, not recede, not descend and not decay into a very confusing and extremely divided multi-lingual balkanized Tower Of Babel that breeds confusion, linguistic balkanization, disloyalty and suspicion that ultimately results in mistrust and distrust between each citizen and mistrust and distrust between each immigrant and mistrust and distrust between each citizen and each immigrant. Diversity might work part of the time, however in the long term Unity in everything or at the very least Unity in most things will work far better than any type of Diversity.

  • Dens

    Mexicans don’t want no stinkin pizza. Give em some good quality tortillas and some well seasoned fajita meat, shredded cheese, tomatoes, onions, and peppers and shove the pizza. Pizza’s for gringos.

  • http://www.CafePeyote.com Ricardo

    What a sad commentary. Yes it works, divide and conquer. Don’t you see that we are part of the problem when we distinguish Americans from Mexicans? Both countries’ governments and the forces behind them are exploiting their citizens and everyone is just trying to survive.

    Open your eyes, don’t focus on free pizzas.

  • Hank Johnson

    Esto es discriminacion en contra de todos los que no hablan el Espanol. Nunca se permitiria anuncios o promociones que discriminaran en contra de imigrantes, porque entonces se permite esto. Hay que ser justos con todos, sin excepciones.

  • http://www.CafePeyote.com Ricardo

    By the way, if you speak Spanish also, not only will you get a free pizza at Pizza Patron, but you will also increase your worth in the job market.

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