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Welcome to “Real America”

November 17th, 2011 · 123 comments

Reports Barb in Las Vegas: “A woman in our office, originally from the Philippines, just got her citizenship. Our often inappropriate receptionist wrote this note on her card.”

Congrats on being a 'real American' now! No more climbing over barbed wire in the nite!

Yes, that really does say “no more climbing over barbed wire in the nite.” Adds Barb: “She also printed lyrics from West Side Story in giant font and hung them in the area where we had celebratory cake. So odd!”

I like to be in America! OK by me in America! Ev'rythin free in America. For a small fee in America!

related: America the not-so-beautiful

FILED UNDER: Comic Sans Alert · Las Vegas · misplaced patriotism · office · oh no you didn't · WTF?

123 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Jack

    She seems like a real racist. Like one of those Tea Party people. yuck.

    Nov 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm   rating: 83  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Clifton Griffin


      Nov 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   The Elf

      Right, because pure social awkwardness or really terrible sense of humor or pure ignorance couldn’t explain it at all.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 9:38 am   rating: 31  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   pipkar

      By calling all Tea Party members racist, you are guilty of making the same kind of sweeping erroneous generalization the writer of the notes demonstrated. Funny.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 11:12 am   rating: 37  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   infant tyrone bang

      Like one of those Tea Party people.
      Maybe in haste to be first, Jack overlooked the optimal
      “Like many of those Tea Party people.”

      If you dispute the assertion that many of the Tea Party members (including the foot soldiers carrying the posters showing Obama with either watermelons or swastikas, not just the sanitized officer corps that show up on TV) are racist and are being manipulated by old school GOP operators of today in much the same way the “Silent Majority” of Nixon’s time was hypnotized into acquiescence by fears of school busing, well, maybe you’re too young to remember or to have even been alive in the late 1960′s, or maybe you know a bunch of non-racist Tea Party people, but I was there for Nixon, and when all but one of the Tea Party people I know say “We want our country back!”, I know them well enough to know that they mean a white-dominated country in which other people know their place and stay in it.

      P.S. Please see #23.5 before assuming I support either other party.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm   rating: 55  small thumbs up

    • #1.5   Noelegy

      Stereotypes are devices which save a prejudiced person the trouble of thinking.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #1.6   The Elf

      Only a Sith deals in absolutes.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #1.7   Noelegy

      How many “Tea Party people” do you personally know or have personally spoken to?

      Nov 18, 2011 at 2:44 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #1.8   infant tyrone bang

      If you’re asking me, then at least a couple dozen, maybe 30-35.
      Admittedly, my experience is likely very different from yours, as I have lived in Costa Rica for almost 3 years and most of my Tea Partiers are expat gringos like me. The juicy part for me, irony wise, is they want to “take our country back” but aren’t interested in living in it anytime soon. Imagine middle-to-slightly-upper-middle-class retirees who never had the wealth or even income to afford human domestic help (aka servants) in the States, but who feel the need, and have the time, to go on ad nauseum about how stupid their maid or gardener is. Maybe someday one or more of them will return to the USA, like Lenin taking the train from Switzerland to Russia, to take the reins and “begin to set things right”.
      But that’s more of a pipe dream than a long shot.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #1.9   Treefinger

      Anyone who feels the need to defend the Tea Party or goes ape whenever racism is accused should not be listened to. Original comment is fine.

      Nov 22, 2011 at 7:51 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #1.10   The Elf

      Riiiiight, because that’s the answer to the lack of polite political discourse in our country.

      Nov 22, 2011 at 8:20 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #1.11   Johnny Rebel

      Well shoot, Tyrone, I know which party you serve! You’re name is Tyrone, so that nakes you a niggra! And all niggras is part of the democatric conspiracy, so that maikes you a demicrat.

      Nov 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #2   S.A.

    What an ignorant prick.

    Nov 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

  • #3   toadiefireball

    This may be one of the most effed up PANs I’ve seen of late. I didn’t know whether to laugh or be pissed. The anger really came to a boiling point when I saw the second photo. Write anything you want as long as it’s not in Comic Sans! *shudder*

    Nov 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm   rating: 67  small thumbs up

  • #4   Edith

    Hard to imagine, but the lyrics could have been worse. How? Well, she could have selected this part of the song:
    “Here you are free and you have pride – Long as you stay on your own side!
    Free to be anything you choose – Free to wait tables and shine shoes!”

    I don’t think the written note could possibly have been more offensive though. WOW.

    Nov 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm   rating: 56  small thumbs up

  • #5   Donald

    I had no idea there was a fence between the U.S. and the Philippines.

    Nov 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm   rating: 176  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Mel K

      What about the plastic garbage patch in the Pacific? That could count as snow fencing.

      Nov 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   Samuel L. Bronkowitz

      She probably thought the woman was Mexican. Seriously…it’s not that uncommon for some Filipinos to get mistaken for Hispanic.

      Nov 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #5.3   George P

      There may not be a fence, but there’s a moat.

      I’m sure the thinks this is evidence that she’s not a racist: she’s nice to people of all colors.

      Nov 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #5.4   Canthz_B bang

      @#5.2, only by blind people who are unaware that the Philippines were once part of the Spanish Empire, so many Filipinos have Spanish names (Marcos, Aquino).
      Sighted people can usually tell the difference quite easily.

      Nov 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #5.5   infant tyrone bang

      Some of those sighted folks turn out to be some of the blindest…

      on a different note :-)
      Look What They Done to My Song, Ma
      Emily Litella says “my paisley’s too loud” ?

      Nov 17, 2011 at 11:01 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #5.6   SpaceMonkey

      It’s true the other way too. My mom is Mexican and has been mistaken for Filipino so many times. But it’s never been by one of her own.

      Nov 19, 2011 at 10:32 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #5.7   meeper

      Uh, no. Mistaking Filipino for Mexican is no excuse. It’s more outrageous if she did think the woman was Mexican. (less funny, but definitely worse)

      Nov 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #6   toadiefireball

    Also, a “real american” would know that there’s a “c” in the world “american.”

    Nov 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm   rating: 47  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Laire-Cay

      Not… necessarily… :-)

      Nov 17, 2011 at 6:34 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   The Elf

      Who says “American” needs “I Can”?

      Nov 18, 2011 at 9:40 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #7   Sarah

    It really looks like she wrote “real Armenian.” That can’t be right, can it?

    Nov 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm   rating: 61  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   farcical aquatic ceremony

      Maybe the woman became a Kardashian..? Those folks seem to be from a land far, far, away…

      Nov 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   Guy who likes Deep Space Nine

      Ooh, remember that one where the Kardashians kidnapped Major Kira and surgically altereed her, and tried to convince her she had been a Kardashian the whole time? That was a good one.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 9:19 am   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   Dee

      You mean Bruce Jenner, right?

      Nov 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #7.4   Jessi

      @ 7.2

      I’m watching that episode on Netflix at this exact moment – stop stalking me, creeper! ;-)

      Nov 19, 2011 at 2:56 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #8   Jen

    hey guys she may have been joking.

    Nov 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Penultimate

      it was a crappy joke.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 1:34 am   rating: 40  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   Palomon

      She was trying to joke. This kind of humor is only OK with very close friends or if you’re Lisa Lampanelli.

      Nov 20, 2011 at 8:32 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #9   Jen

    (i can only assume such an over the top performance is meant humorously)

    Nov 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   amy b

      She may have been joking but there’s not really any place for racist jokes in the workplace.

      A year or so ago we had to have “sensitivity training” at my office to teach people what kind of jokes are appropriate for the office. Racism, sexism, etc. = inappropriate.

      Nov 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm   rating: 44  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   serobella

      Do you work at Dunder Mifflin?

      Nov 17, 2011 at 6:32 pm   rating: 39  small thumbs up

    • #9.3   arm2008

      My dad says all the sensitivity training came from lesbians filing lawsuits. And straight adult women like being called girls.

      Nov 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #9.4   Andrea

      When u get to my age, you will kill to be called a girl.

      Ok, maybe that’s just me

      Nov 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #9.5   Palomon

      20 yr old women are deeply offended by oglers. 50yr old girls are deeply flattered.

      Nov 20, 2011 at 8:34 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #9.6   Laura

      I agree, after a while it’s nice to be called Miss instead of Missus or Ma’am on account of looking old. Sigh… But when I was younger I would have dudes looking down my shirt at work (impressive for a fast food joint patron, even) which was yucky.

      Dec 1, 2011 at 10:10 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #10   infant tyrone bang

    Too bad we’re not a steady-state system vis a vis immigration.

    Then we’d have had to throw one on the discard pile to make up for taking in the one whose name I can’t read because some whacked-out Tea Partier can’t write in cursive anymore.

    Ironic that she’d quote from a musical whose parentage included one of the more prominent cultural lefties of the day. God…she’s a smilin’ :-)

    Nov 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Who passed out the Haterade?

      This lady does remind me of Krusty the Clown’s quote when someone gets offended by his shtick:

      “When you look at me like that, it’s a joke.”

      (Whoops, misplaced comment.)

      Nov 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #11   Jaime A.

    The receptionist is mistaken. There is no barbed wire at the United States border, unfortunately.

    Nov 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   The Elf

      That’s true. It’s down the international date line, to keep those pesky Filipinos from sneaking in during the nite.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 9:42 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   Anne

      It’s unfortunate that folks crossing the border can’t impale themselves on that barbed wire.

      Nov 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #11.3   Sonya

      I could say the same about your hands and your keyboard.

      Nov 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #12   Mari Rose

    An “often inappropriate receptionist” should be an unemployed receptionist. It doesn’t make much sense to make someone like that the first person a customer or client interacts with.

    Nov 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm   rating: 92  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   SoupySales

      Seriously. That was my first thought: “This person is your receptionist?”

      When someone calls the office and happens to have an accent, does she start talking like Speedy Gonzales/Apu/Stephen Colbert’s Ching Chong Ding Dong — whichever fake stereotyped accent is completely inappropriate?

      Ay caramba.

      Nov 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   juju_skittles

      No, she just starts talking LOUDER.

      Nov 17, 2011 at 10:59 pm   rating: 50  small thumbs up

  • #13   Captain Hampton

    This has already been suggested, but this could have been a joke. I mean, really… does anyone truly think that people think it’s spelled “nite”?

    Nov 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Jessi

      Ah, optimism. I remember having that at one point in time.

      Nov 19, 2011 at 3:02 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

  • #14   Neil

    The note on the card seems really offensive but I doubt this woman was actually being malicious or intending any offense. She is just incredibly culturally myopic and no doubt considers having an American passport the single greatest advantage a person could ever possess. The chances of her ever having visited another continent are practically zero. So not ‘racist’ as such, just a fool.

    OTOH, if her reputation for ‘inappropriateness’ is deserved, then she may just be an asberger’s sufferer in desperate need of a diagnosis. They aren’t all awkward computer nerds, after all.

    Nov 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Barb

      I am the submitter, and unfortunately, it was not a joke. While she does make statements like this on a somewhat regular basis, (referred to a guest as “Oriental” the other day) I tend to agree with your analysis. That & she’s too lazy to think before she speaks/writes.

      Nov 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm   rating: 47  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   pony girl

      Bless her heart, she’s just clueless.
      As long as it doesn’t lose customers or cause lawsuits, enjoy the hilarity.

      Nov 17, 2011 at 5:59 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #14.3   infant tyrone bang

      Ah, Morticia, when you speak Southern, it gets me all…all over. =)

      On the other hand, I wouldn’t want to be sitting too close to this person at work on a regular basis…Imagine this is a mortgage brokerage office, where these days there are often some seriously disgruntled customers. Someone desperate & vengeful comes in looking to spray a few bouquets of Uzi pixie dust before catching the last train home, she’s just the kind of person that might have made a bad first impression. Bad scene, bad odds.

      But the “veal Armenian” did have me doubled over with childlike glee.

      Nov 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #14.4   The Elf

      I’ve known people like this, and I agree that it likely was not intended to be racist or any sort of malicious insult, even though it reads like one. They’re just socially clueless and/or ignorant. (Or is a little on the autistic spectrum as Neil suggested).

      That said, since she is a receptionist and the public face of the group she works for, somebody should sit her down for a good talking to on what is a appropriate for the workplace and what is not.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 10:04 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #14.5   Dee

      Veal Armenian sounds f*cking delicious.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #15   Nunavut Guy

    Really……….everyone knows you tunnel under barbed wire,not climb over it………gessh.

    Nov 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm   rating: 52  small thumbs up

  • #16   unsatisfied

    can we send the receptionist to over to the philippines then?

    Nov 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #17   AZB

    Good thing I’m not her boss. Her racist butt would be gone by the end of the day. Talk about harassment and creating a tense work environment!

    And of course, she’s a Tea Bagger because she doesn’t get Sondheim’s satire in that lyric from West Side Story.

    Nov 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

  • #18   Rebecca

    It sounds like she thinks the new citizen was from Mexico, an assumption that Philippinos just loooove.

    Nov 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

  • #19   Sara

    How the frick is someone like this allowed to have a job?!??!!!!

    Nov 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #20   Michelle

    My hope is that they are friends and this is just the way they joke… if that’s not the case, this is ridiculous.

    Nov 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #21   MT

    This reminds me of a friend of mine in High School. I’m a Canadian, and I was living in Florida as a dependent of my dad’s visa. An alien, but not illegal. If we were walking to class together, and we were running late and had to hurry up, she’d regularly yell at me “run, run like you’re running across the border!”. Funny thing is, one day I hurried around a corner and ran into two military recruiters with her yelling that behind me.

    Nov 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   Palomon

      Damned frostbacks.

      Nov 20, 2011 at 8:59 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

  • #22   carmillivanilli

    I actually find this hilarious. This is just the sort of thing I’d do, provided that the new citizen and I had a joking relationship in the first place.

    Nov 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   ki

      2nd, I find it really funny as well (I’m latino), but it would maybe more appropriate in a personal not work card if you had a jokey relationship with the person. I’m not one to be easily offended though.

      Nov 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #22.2   The Elf

      It all changes if they’re outside-of-work friends.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 10:06 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #23   Cassavius

    Well, my wife and I have been married for 12 years now, and she’s an actual Filipina from the actual Philippines. As an experiment, I showed this to her cold without explanation to get her reaction. She didn’t understand the “West Side Story” reference at all (as neither one of us is a big fan of musicals), but the note caused her to roll her eyes, then laugh. So, at least one actual native of the Philippines was not horribly offended by this act of complete stupidity. On the other hand, I can’t imagine having a receptionist like this greeting and interacting with large numbers of the public if she is so clueless about offending them. I’m not sure “sensitivity training” would sink in, so maybe a transfer into the back office, if she has bookkeeping or other skills?

    Also, all of the slamming of the Tea Party really gets trite after awhile. I’m not a member, but some of you seem about as obsessed with them (needlessly) as Perez Hilton is about the Kardashians. It’s just…pointless and not really in context here, except you think they’re all racist. Yeah, whatever.

    Nov 17, 2011 at 10:32 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   infant tyrone bang

      Nov 18, 2011 at 4:04 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #23.2   Cassavius

      Yep, I’d seriously advise you to start obsessing over Kim K.’s huge butt instead. It would be more productive. I’ll bet you just love the Occupy Wall Street guys, but then again they’ve produced random shootings, a guy who told the crowd to firebomb Macy’s in NYC, and idiots who throw feces and blood on merchants who won’t give them free food. There’s a reason the polls show the public turning against both the Tea Party & the OWS movement. We need some sensible, pragmatic politics from the middle–for a change.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 8:22 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #23.3   infant tyrone bang

      …sensible, pragmatic politics from the middle…
      Suerte con eso, amigo.

      Sorry, I don’t get the reference to Perez Hilton & the Kardashians.
      I try to keep up with popular ‘culture’, but I must have been studying for the final exam in Deconstructing the Anarchist Cookbook in a post-Glenn Beckian Paradigm, or Are There Too Many Nazi References in My Soup at my local radical-left-dominated college and missed that whole arc.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 9:26 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #23.4   Who passed out the Haterade?

      idiots who throw… blood on merchants who won’t give them free food

      Really? That would seem to be an extremely unwise and self-limiting proposition. “Take that, you capitalist pig! And that! And that! And…” *flops over unconscious, growing pale*

      Sometimes I wonder whether the corporate media make a game of seeing just how far they can go and still be believed. “Hey, Bob, I’ve got a great one… terror babies! You think they’ll buy it?”

      Nov 18, 2011 at 10:16 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #23.5   infant tyrone bang

      “Hey, Bob, I’ve got a great one… terror babies! You think they’ll buy it?”
      Brad, you ignorant slut…of course they’ll buy it !
      They bought two terms of Dubya didn’t they ?
      And that was after 8 years of that other corporate mega-shill.

      With Gutenberg we led them by the nose…with Marconi, by the ear.
      Now we got pictures on screens to make ‘em believe that if they buy our bullshit they’re the sane ones and that anyone who doesn’t is crazy,
      so you see now…we really got ‘em by the nuts.

      Terror babies…piece of cake, Bubba.
      They’ll come around faster than you can say Field of Dreams

      Nov 18, 2011 at 10:56 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #23.6   Cassavius

      Seriously, you guys have both been guests on Alex Jones’s show or “Coast to Coast AM” (right after the latest fellow who had a close encounter with bigfoot), right? I love the foolish paranoia, where you claim that the “mainstream media” is creating anti-OWS propaganda, when the OWS mob were instead virtually lionized at the beginning in sources like the “The New York Times” and “The Los Angeles Times.” Some of the negative activities of the more lunatic members of the OWS have also received coverage in foreign sources, such as “The Guardian” and “The Independent,” both of which are a far cry content-wise from Rupert Murdoch’s little amusing stable of media funnies. No, of course, it’s a CONSPIRACY, if you see or hear any negative coverage about these noble workers who have risen up against oppression.

      Look, Mulder and Kolchak, I don’t have time for this crap, and, apparently, neither does the majority of the American public. Thank gosh, we might actually not have far-right Republican idealogues or far-left Democrat idealogues running the show, but a few politicans who could actually compromise about something, To paraphrase Voltaire, a party hack’s a fool in any era.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 11:57 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #23.7   Who passed out the Haterade?

      Dear Mr. Pot,

      If I might remind you, you’re the one who said with a straight face that people you don’t like are “throw[ing]… blood on merchants who won’t give them free food”. Just a moment or two of thought would make most people backtrack from that kind of assertion, but instead you double down and try to infer that those who find it unlikely must be crazy conspiracy theorists?

      Thumbs up for the unwitting humor, but your self-awareness leaves a little to be desired.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #23.8   infant tyrone bang

      1) virtually lionized in the beginning by the NY Times ?
      2) Thank gosh… ??

      Defense rests…

      Nov 19, 2011 at 3:13 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #24   Hannah

    I think this is funny. The comment & lyrics are obviously meant humorously, and they are funny. It depends on the vibe of the workplace as to whether or not it’s work-appropriate, but if no one says anything, it’s 100% kosher. I’d say the joke is on the submitter & PANotes for not having a sense of humor about the damn thing!

    Nov 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #25   garicgymro

    I’m with Hannah. This looks like a cute joke to me. It *could* be meant offensively, but that’s not my default interpretation.

    Nov 17, 2011 at 10:43 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   Barb

      Sorry to disappoint, but she did not mean to be funny. She’s just a clueless jerk. Our inaction to her behaviour (based quite frankly on initial shock) has led to tacit approval & at this point it would be a major HR nightmare to start any kind action toward her dismissal. Additionally, I don’t have the authority to start the process.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #25.2   Mrs.Beasley bang

      Not to get all paranoid here, but Hey Barb, how come you don’t spell “behavior” like a real American? Did you climb over the barbed wire in the nite or something?

      Nov 19, 2011 at 12:38 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #26   Brian H

    A sad attempt at being funny or maybe ironic.

    It’s actually a really cool event to celebrate someone gaining US citizenship. I love it. I used to go to a doughnut shop where the owners were from Laos and were very proud to be american. They had pro-US stuff all over the shop. I love that.

    Nov 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #27   Canthz_B bang

    ♫ I miss small fee in America,
    Nothing near free in America!
    Son of a Bleep in America,
    Prices now steep in America! ♫

    Nov 18, 2011 at 7:04 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   kermit

      Hey now, the xenophobia is still free

      Nov 18, 2011 at 8:03 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #27.2   infant tyrone bang

      Well, occasionally there is a small clean(s)ing deposit involved.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 8:27 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #27.3   Canthz_B bang

      The fee is usually about $10.70, at least in Arizona!

      Nov 18, 2011 at 7:15 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #27.4   infant tyrone bang

      I goggled, I Googled, I giggled

      but I never gigglebraxed

      Nov 18, 2011 at 11:12 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #27.5   Canthz_B bang

      Ty, I never picked cotton like my mother did either!

      Says she usually did about 70 lbs. a day when 100 lbs. was expected. That she passed 100 lbs. only once, and then it was nearly 120 lbs.

      To this day she doesn’t know what got into her that day! :-)

      Nov 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #27.6   infant tyrone bang

      CB, apparently HEISA is now choking on posts
      with as few as two clips, so this will be a 2-seater.

      passed 100 lbs. ? (smiley w/ up-rolling eyes would go here)
      Ooooh, exceeded…got it…now where were we…
      Leaving OK

      Nov 21, 2011 at 2:50 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #27.7   infant tyrone bang

      Going To CA

      Nov 21, 2011 at 2:50 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #27.8   Canthz_B bang

      Sorry, I was exceedingly pedestrian in my formulation of that remark.

      My mom picked more than, over, above 100 lbs. of cotton only once. It was the needle on the scale which passed the 100 lbs mark as it measured her performance in terms of pounds of picked cotton produced. ;-)

      Nov 21, 2011 at 9:56 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #27.9   infant tyrone bang

      Considering the overwhelmingly large difference in product density (pounds of picked cotton produced), the cotton in question being so much, well, fluffier…then if just getting 100 lbs. was the goal,
      I wonder why she didn’t walk on over and pick at Peter Piper Farms.
      The acerbic atmosphere there maybe ?
      Those rumors of workers getting tipsy from sampling the pick(l)ings ?
      Minds peckish for more information want to know.
      But please spare me the technical jargon…
      it’s a little like corn for me…in one ear etc.
      Cause what I don’t know about dry measure would fill volumes.

      Nov 21, 2011 at 11:02 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #27.10   Canthz_B bang

      The freedom to just walk on over to Peter Piper’s place was unfortunately not an option at the time…the times being peppered with Jim Crow seasonings as they were.

      Nov 29, 2011 at 12:39 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #28   Pam

    Both of those examples are enough to ensure a closed door meeting with HR in most companies.

    Nov 18, 2011 at 9:37 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

  • #29   garicgymro

    I’m intrigued. The more I think about this, the more I think the card and the West Side Story lyrics are a really sweet gesture. I’m a non-American living and working in America, and if I got citizenship, and someone responded like this, I’d be touched. Is this a cultural thing? I’m from a country where irony is employed extensively and a card like this would be considered rather *more* thoughtful than a card that simply said, say, “Congratulations on becoming an American! Welcome to the club!” This isn’t a criticism of America, just a comment that there’s cultural variation in the use of irony (including within countries like the US), and that people might well be missing the secretary’s point in a way that it wouldn’t have been missed in a different context. Of course, that implies that she probably misjudged her audience, but there you go…

    Nov 18, 2011 at 11:01 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   Barb

      I actually think Glee had a Westside Story reference the night before & that’s what prompted the lyrics.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #29.2   pony girl

      I think irony has been outlawed here.

      Unless it’s in an animated show on FOX.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #29.3   infant tyrone bang

      Pretty sure the first is legal…second one, lemme know what the judges say.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #29.4   Donald

      That’s an interesting take, especially from the non-citizen point of view. Maybe I’m jaded because I grew up in SoCal and anyone brown is an illegal immigrant, so I tend to be suspicious. I would buy that the West Side Story references might be Glee related, though.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #30   Quite Contrary

    For once, words escape me.

    Nov 18, 2011 at 11:37 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #30.1   The Elf

      Five of them did anyway.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #30.2   Quite Contrary

      Touche, Elf!

      Nov 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #31   Anon

    Ugh. The racist receptionist needs to be replaced by an automated phone system.

    Nov 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   Noelegy

      This isn’t racist. It’s bigoted, certainly, and prejudicial, but not racism if you consider that racism is defined as implying that one race is superior to another (or inferior).

      Nov 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #31.2   Noelegy

      Oh yes: and this is completely inappropriate for the workplace.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #31.3   Nunavut Guy

      I take it that nobody here works in construction.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 7:16 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #31.4   Jessi

      Just say “No!” to automated phone systems!

      Seriously, they suck.

      Nov 20, 2011 at 1:24 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #32   nami

    Really? Being a product of Japanese immigrants, it bothers me when someone writes ignorant and derogatory messages like that since I’ve had my share of being bullied and told that I would be deported back in grade school. This receptionist seriously needs training on what’s appropriate and inappropriate in social and workplace situations and get on with the times.

    Nov 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   Sonya

      I feel you. I immigrated with my mom and grandparents from Moscow when I was 7, and people would make comments regarding our status all the time. Natural-born Americans don’t realize that it takes years to get citizenship, I was 14 by the time we did.

      On a coincidental side note, I was also told I’d be deported in elementary school – by my mom, who I got in a fight with.

      Nov 28, 2011 at 11:11 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #32.2   Canthz_B bang

      No you didn’t. You “emigrated” from Moscow. You’re an American “immigrant”.
      Get that right, or you’ll be deported back to Brazil!! :-P

      Nov 29, 2011 at 12:32 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #33   garicgymro

    @barb: you know her better than we do, so I’ll take your word for it that she intended to be offensive. Sad.

    Nov 18, 2011 at 10:39 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #34   Me

    Comic Sans in America!

    Nov 18, 2011 at 11:05 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #35   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

    This just seems like good natured ribbing to me. It’s really no worse than the time I made myself up in blackface.

    Nov 19, 2011 at 5:31 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

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  • #39   bloop

    All I can think to say to this is…”what a weird bitch”.

    Nov 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #40   bubblezapper

    I wonder if they had a cake for celebration? IF they did….I would venture to assume the receptionist ate it all, leaving behind a note stating “it was f***ing delicious.”

    Nov 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up


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