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‘This is America! Not Spanish!’ Bilingual signs at CA taco stand spark rant, video shows

California man goes on racist rant over a taco

A man in Anaheim, California, threatened to call immigration services on the owner of Palapas Tacos after he couldn’t make use of a Friday taco special on a Monday.
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A man in Anaheim, California, threatened to call immigration services on the owner of Palapas Tacos after he couldn’t make use of a Friday taco special on a Monday.

A missed fish taco special sent a customer into a racist tirade Monday at an Anaheim, California, restaurant, a video shows.

The security video, posted by KCAL, shows a man shouting at a Palapas Taco cashier after being told he couldn’t order the Friday $1.99 fish taco deal on Monday. When the cashier points out a sign explaining the deal, the man erupts.

“It says it in Mexican,” the man shouts on the video. “We’re not in Mexico. We’re in America. This is America! Not Spanish!!”

Another customer in line points out he’s in a Mexican restaurant, and the man shouts, “I’m an American!”

“Then go get a hamburger,” the other patron says. “Go get a hot dog.”

The angry customer eventually stormed out, said Juan Del Rio, owner of Palapas Tacos, KTTV reported.

“My cashier was really shaken when he left,” Del Rio said, KCAL reported. “She was scared. He got in and he was in a bad mood. He was acting aggressive. He was like not having a good day.”

Del Rio said he followed the man outside to try to talk to him, but the customer threatened to report him to immigration authorities, KTTV reported.

“I just feel like it’s sad that there’s people (who) actually think like that, that they own this country,” Del Rio said. “I don’t know. But over a taco?”

While Del Rio said customers sometimes have trouble understanding the restaurant’s specials, there are signs in both English and Spanish explaining them, KCAL reported.

Larry Lappin, a California resident, insulted a family for listening to Spanish music while they celebrated the Independence Day, on Wednesday, July 4.

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.
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