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(1010 WINS)   NY subway vending machines now speak Polish and Haitian Creole. Presumably not to the same person   ( divider line
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2250 clicks; posted to Main » on 03 Mar 2003 at 7:02 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-03-03 01:45:24 PM  

Looks like Ahnold gained a little weight.
2003-03-03 02:06:14 PM  
Vengeance is a dish best served... from a machine in a subway station.
2003-03-03 03:00:04 PM  
Back when I was a kid we didnt have venging machines. If we wanted vengence we had to do it the old fashioned way with a crowbar or a big stick. Kids these days are so damn lazy.
2003-03-03 07:07:00 PM  
E-man: It is very cold in a subway station.
2003-03-03 07:07:03 PM  
Somebody call the Coors twins.
2003-03-03 07:07:41 PM  
2003-03-03 07:07:50 PM  

Kurwa mac!
2003-03-03 07:08:01 PM  
or at the same time.
2003-03-03 07:09:51 PM  
" drop your pants, Sir William- I cannot wait 'til lunchtime!"
2003-03-03 07:10:20 PM  
Hey newbies, how come when my ancestors got here they had to learn English, but you don't think you should have to?

/had to be said
2003-03-03 07:11:38 PM  
Maybe the machines should also speak the language of "freaks with purple hair, homosexuals with AIDS,
Black criminals just out of jail for the umpteenth time, welfare moms surrounded by their swarms of brats."
2003-03-03 07:12:26 PM  
Don't tell WalMart, else I'll be stuck in the checkout line forever waiting for some raghead to find Urdu on the language menu.
2003-03-03 07:12:28 PM  
Flame war in 3..2..1...
2003-03-03 07:12:47 PM  
Agreed M.C.

2003-03-03 07:16:56 PM  
M.C.PeePants and I are on the same wavelength. First cliche thought to go through my head was "John Rocker surrenders."
2003-03-03 07:17:46 PM  
It's still a quata fu sum wota.
2003-03-03 07:18:36 PM  
Why bother learning the native language?

/studied French for a month before travelling there.
2003-03-03 07:21:26 PM  
I don't trust anyone that doesn't speak english, I think they are all making fun of me.

2003-03-03 07:23:37 PM  
Don't forget the ability to speak hick, redneck, po-white twinky eatin' trash, trailer park and neo-nazi scumbags.

'no what ah meen?
2003-03-03 07:25:18 PM  
2003-03-03 07:25:32 PM  
I'm waiting for one that can do sign language
2003-03-03 07:25:35 PM  
Nope, Mr_name. Learn Business English.
That will take care of most every situation.
2003-03-03 07:26:30 PM  
I don't recall there being very many things in other languages during the immigration booms of, say, the 19th century. People usually lived near others of the same background and spoke their language there, but they also learned English, dammit.

I'm all for people immigrating to this country, and in general I even give the illegals the benefit of the doubt because a lot of time they do shiat work for next to no money (the people that come here to have babies and get on welfare can fark off, though). But come ON people, at least learn basic functional (if broken) English? Please?
2003-03-03 07:26:41 PM  
Need to learn English?
Watch lots and lots of "Perry Mason".
2003-03-03 07:29:21 PM  

I think this is the guy you were talking about, right down to to twinkies: (It's also my profile pic, because this is what Oklahomans look like, right?)

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2003-03-03 07:31:34 PM  
03-03-03 07:26:30 PM ElwoodCuse
I don't recall there being very many things in other languages during the immigration booms of, say, the 19th century.

I don't recall anything from the 19th century. I doubt you do either.
2003-03-03 07:32:07 PM  
My attempt at broken english...

Hel o, my na e is mr_nam . Where c n I find he bat ro m? I am thi sty. Do y u ha e change for ten do lars? I wo ld like to use t e telep one.
2003-03-03 07:33:29 PM  

Well knock me down and steal muh teeth! That thar is a whoppin good time.
2003-03-03 07:35:38 PM  
I live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and all the ATM's here have a Polish language option.
And yes, they should learn English.
2003-03-03 07:38:24 PM  
Actually, I've been to Oklahoma and people down there look alot like anyone else I've ever seen.
2003-03-03 07:41:53 PM  
M.C.PeePants: I would hit ya woof
2003-03-03 07:43:03 PM  
Remebering you, standing quiet in the rain, as I ran to your heart to be near....oh wait....that's The Cure song on the translation for THAT, is there.
2003-03-03 07:51:23 PM  

easy with the xenophobia, white man. Dont you get your little panties in a bunch. 19th century america had racial ghettos way worse than now, institutionalized racism the likes of which you can't believe, racial segregation and oh yah that whole slavery thing.

Hardly a rolemodel for effective racial relations wouldnt you say?

Immigrants who come here past a certain age never really assimilate, so when a greek family comes over with mom, dad, 4 children, plus grandparents, the oldest never assimilate right. The kids, on the other hand, grow up to vote republican and go to college and after a few generations are no different than any other group, vote republican etc. If you wanna see an example of it, rent "my big fat greek wedding", a humorous and light hearted but pretty accurate portrayal of the immigrant family. (My wife's family is Polish, they all loved the movie coz it was just like Gradma and grandpa back in jersey.)

Read up on the anti irish immigration hysteria of the early 20th century, its EXACTLY the same as the latino fright that grips white america now, hell, there was a whole political party who's entire raison d'etre was "STOP THE IRISH IMMIGRANTS", because the irish were "filthy, uneducated drunks, had enormous catholic families they couldnt afford to feed, were lazy and couldnt keep jobs."

Sound familiar?

Dont worry about train tickets in other languages, its just helping grandma get to the shops.

Wake up america, despite the fear mongering, the culture is not as endangered as Pat Buchanan wants you to think it is.
2003-03-03 07:56:17 PM  

well put.
2003-03-03 07:57:46 PM  
2003-03-03 07:58:34 PM  
Bottom line: this IS AMERICA. The language of AMERICA (and the commerce of entire world) IS ENGLISH. That is REALITY.

So quit moaning and biatching and defending the watering down of reality. LEARN ENGLISH OR JUST PLAIN ADMIT YOU ARE A FARKIN SOCIALIST TOOL AND LEECH. GAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!

G-ddamed idiocy of whining libs. FEH.
2003-03-03 08:03:28 PM  
Right on. . . yeah, the language of the entire UNIVERSE is ENGLISH!!!! Haven't you whining libs ever watched STAR TREK or BATTLESTAR GALLACTICA??????? Even people from different solar systems speak english. They even use our standards of time and measurement!!!!!!
2003-03-03 08:05:42 PM  
VAriable: YEAH! Except for that Klatu-Mirada-Nikto robot.
2003-03-03 08:06:00 PM  
hell, according to those shows, explosions even have diminishing velocity and make noise, too!
2003-03-03 08:06:50 PM  
in outer space, I meant.
2003-03-03 08:07:59 PM  

Except the predator! He didnt speak english. In fact i think he was. . . *gasp!* . . . AFRO ALIEN.

I think he was trying to date white women too. .. . the nerve! He should know his place.
2003-03-03 08:12:29 PM  
Seriously....are you guys with your "speak english mofo it's america god damn it!" rhetoric for real or are you being sarcastic and making fun of the aforementioned Pat Bucchanan?

We have various chinese/italian/portuguese/whatever options on ABMs and government mailings and lots of stuff. Don't bother me none. Does it really bother you "mericans??


Incredulous, I am.
2003-03-03 08:14:15 PM  
Get outta here with yer fancy booklearnin'!

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2003-03-03 08:27:40 PM  
Damn funny headline.

I have no comment on the content.
2003-03-03 08:29:26 PM  
Father Jack
If you're going to call me a racist, don't beat around the bush.
Have some balls, and just say it.

Having said that, your little lecture, while already quite familiar and important to me, needed saying, too.
Both positions are true. Even if they seem mutually exclusive to you.

(I've been wondering, are you really a priest or pastor of some sort?)
2003-03-03 08:31:57 PM  
Skiinstructor: wins for first Monty Python reference!

Now the machines need to learn Hungarian...
2003-03-03 08:32:41 PM  
Never mind the last question. Your bio explains.
2003-03-03 08:33:10 PM  
I weel not baye dis subvay tickit. itiscratched?
2003-03-03 08:36:50 PM  
Wait . . now I'm confused. You begin by telling me to not get my panties in a wad, then you throw out some hot issues like racial slums and such, like I don't know about that. My question is, do you think accepting a mutiplicity of languages will lead to a less separated American culture?
That dosen't seem to logically follow. Please elaborate.
2003-03-03 08:40:35 PM  
Oh, and please don't call me "white man" and then tell me I must "celebrate cultural diversity."

F*ck cultural diversity. I want cultural solidity.
And, how about some national identity? Huh?
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