Milwaukee frozen custard shop defends ‘English only’ policy

Milwaukee frozen custard shop defends ‘English only’ policy
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When a Spanish-speaking customer spoke Spanish to a Spanish-speaking employee, he was told Leon’s doesn’t do business in Spanish. He posted his experience to social media and soon the community was rallying around what critics called a racist — and illegal — employee policy. (Thomas Johnson/The Washington Post)

On Tuesday, Joey Sanchez stepped up to the counter of Leon’s Frozen Custard, a 70-year-old Milwaukee staple, and listened to the customer in front of him place his order in Spanish.

The shop is located on the city’s south side, in a neighborhood with a large Hispanic population. Sanchez thought nothing of it.

Then he heard the server’s response.

“She whispered to him in Spanish, ‘I’m not allowed to speak Spanish to you,’ ” Sanchez told TV station Fox 6 Now.

Sanchez was shocked.

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