Jimmy Dean Sausage Complaint - This is America! Speak English!!!

Review by joydylynn on 2010-12-21
I am DONE with companies who cater first to the Spanish-Speaking community and second to English-Speaking Americans (IN America). I don't go to another country & expect them to cater first to ME & then to their citizens!
It's Owens Sausage from now on for me...
Comments:30 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-12-21
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-21:
I don't understand. Where/who/what/when did you experience this?
Posted by Ben There on 2010-12-21:
You seem to be under the impression that we have an official language in the USA, but we don't. The US constitution protects your right to say whatever you want, in whatever language you want, and if companies want to profit by advertising to people in their preferred language then that is just good capitalism. The US Constitution and Capitalism... Can't get more American than that.
Posted by Johanna on 2010-12-21:
The OP probably was calling the customer service line and had to press "1" for English.
Posted by werelucky on 2010-12-21:
If your theory is true then we all should be speaking several Native American languages. Quite frankly innate to admire a lot of these people for the hardships they undertake to make a better life for themselves.
Posted by momsey on 2010-12-21:
What is your complaint?

Have you ever been to another country where English is not the primary language? Did you make sure you learned the language before you went there?
Posted by azspots on 2010-12-21:
Well, if I was moving to said country...I sure would be vaguely conversational in the predominant language; if for no other reason than respect for the country I chose to move to. I would NOT expect my adopted country to assimilate to me as is happening in this country. I live in Arizona, so it is over the top here. Difficult to get some jobs unless you're bilingual in English/Spanish which is horse poop
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2010-12-21:
Right on, azspots!
Posted by Nohandle on 2010-12-21:
Azspots, you get an A for the day: I would NOT expect my adopted country to assimilate to me..
Posted by Inat on 2010-12-21:
I wonder if this is the same guy who called their complaint line about the size of the Jimmy Dean Sausage roll - if you haven't heard that call, please be sure to do a search for "jimym dean sausage" on youtube - you won't regret it
Posted by momsey on 2010-12-21:
The thing is, being English speakers, it's pretty easy for us to get by in the world. A lot of countries cater to English speakers. In other countries, signs, menus, etc have at least some English on them. And a LOT of people in other countries speak English in addition to their native language.

I do agree, if you move to another country, you should do your best to learn the language.
Posted by Ben There on 2010-12-21:
Many many many people who speak other languages in this country are not right off the boat. They speak English in public another language when they are at home... maybe this is for the benefit of the grandparents who don't speak English well, maybe it is out of habit, or maybe it is to keep their heritage alive.

Advertisers know that you are more likely to relate to and purchase a product if you connect to it. By having ads in Spanish for customers who also speak English, they are going for that familiarity that people associate with home in hopes of converting a sale.
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2010-12-21:
I hate going into Wal-Mart and having to rotate boxes on a display trying to find English specifications on the product.

I also dislike 40 page instruction manuals that require 10 minutes of research to locate the 3 pages that are in English. And then only to find MUCH information is obscure due to ineffective Chinese translation.
Posted by MRM on 2010-12-21:
In Canon camera products, there are 3 booklets, for English, French and Spanish.
Posted by Ben There on 2010-12-21:
I am glad we live in free country where we can speak whatever language we want, and advertisers are free to do the same.

Its one thing to try to preserve a language in danger of dying, but another to force a well spoken language down someones throat... That is too much like communist Russia or China for me. I'll take my freedom, even if it comes with the added work of rotating the package of a potential Mr Coffee I might want at Wal Mart.
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2010-12-21:

Who Said It: St. Ambrose

When: 387 A.D.

If you INSIST on Spanish and do not want to learn English then move to a primarily Spanish speaking country.

English may not be the OFFICIAL language of the United States but it is the PREDOMINATE language.

Assimilate or LEAVE!

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-21:
Que Pasa?
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2010-12-21:
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-12-21:
Seems as if the Spanish speaking and Islamic societies are not wanting to assimilate into the American society as well as previous immigrants have. They are trying to change it.
Posted by Nohandle on 2010-12-21:
Years ago when I was in Mexico for the first time was amazed many of the products we use here were identical. I then began to understand the reasons manufacturers began printing manuals or dual languages on their boxes/products. They obviously didn't want to go to the expense to have a different cover for each. I don't see where the cost has gone down for the consumer.
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2010-12-21:
Once upon a time its was the MAJORITY that ruled. Today it is the NOISIEST or the RICHEST MINORITIES that call the shots!
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-21:
During most of our history, assimilation worked rather well. Of course, there was no required foreign-language voting or any of the other trappings of government sponsored ethnic and linguistic separatism during the heyday of Ellis Island. This was one of the reasons for the success of assimilation. A time both the government and the private sector vigorously supported what was proudly called "Americanization."
Posted by momsey on 2010-12-21:
I'm going to take a stab in the dark and say Spanish speakers are not the richest minorities. They're barely even a minority anymore. That's where all this is coming from. In the not too distant future, Spanish speakers will be the majority in this country.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-21:
I grew up 7 miles from Tijuana. There weren't many white people there. I was a minority. And there are a lot of rich Hispanics in Southern California.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-21:
I slept in Balboa Park. On an anthill.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-21:
Sounds like fun rip. Did you get eaten by the ants?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-21:
There's nothing fun about Balboa Park shorty. All the good bushes were already taken. Ever have fire ants in your pants?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-21:
Sarcasm doesn't come across sometimes. Lol. I used to love Balboa Park as a kid. Never slept there. But I have woken up with ants in my bed. Not fun. Not fun at all
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-21:
I don't know what was worse, the ants, or waking up to find 2 more bodies in the bush that weren't there when I fell asleep,lol. And then getting jacked for my jar of peanut butter and all but 2 of my saltines.
Posted by T on 2010-12-21:
momsey -> I agree. There is a slow and unsettling awakening in this country. Good old white boys like myself are going to be in the minority in the near future. I'm perfectly fine with it, but I fear I'll run out of popcorn watching others rip their blond, red and brown hair out.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-12-21:
tr, got news for ya. you are already in the "minority". It's true Americans, white, black, Hispanic,Italian, Jewish, German, French, yellow, green, red, whatever with common sense and responsibility, that have assimilated into the society that are going to get the U.S.A. back on course.

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