A café in Montevideo, Uruguay called Coffee Shop is taking some heat over an outdoor sign which was displayed in front of its door. The sign, which listed several items that were for sale, also featured the phrase “No dogs or Mexicans allowed!” The sign, captured in a photo by Twitter user @RodriguoArim1, has caused an uproar on social media. Some come to the restaurant’s defense and others are just plain offended. The restaurant owner claims it’s just a misunderstanding over a pop culture reference — but that hasn’t stopped the outrage.
A restaurant in Uruguay is facing some serious backlash for a street sign that read “No dogs or Mexicans allowed!”
Inaceptable : cartel en cafe "no se permiten perros ni mexicanos". No es USA, es Pocitos. Propietario norteamericano. Discriminación pura. pic.twitter.com/SrZvLjxudH
— Rodrigo Arim (@RodrigoArim1) April 8, 2017
“Unacceptable: coffee sign reads ‘No dogs or Mexicans allowed.’ This isn’t the USA, this is Pocitos,” @RodrigoArim1 wrote on Twitter referencing the neighborhood in Montevideo, Uruguay where you can find the restaurant. “American owner. Pure discrimination.”
Some people quickly replied to the tweet, explaining it was most likely a joke since the restaurant sells Mexican food.
@RodrigoArim1 es de mal gusto pero parece solamente un chiste ya que vende comidas mexicanas.
— Ramón (@Videofanramon) April 8, 2017
“It’s in bad taste but it seems to only be a joke since they sell Mexican food,” @Videofanramon wrote on the Twitter thread.
And some even supported the business and their sense of humor.
@RodrigoArim1 Con lo que me gusta Tarantino y the Mexican food, mañana ando por ahí!
Un mal chiste pero chiste al fin!
— Beatriz Planas (@waltnest) April 8, 2017
“With how much I love Tarantino and the Mexican food, I am going there tomorrow,” @waltnest wrote. “It’s a bad joke but just a joke after all!”
Coffee Shop did make an official statement on their Facebook page calling the outrage nothing more than a “misunderstanding.”
No hay que ser odioso.
El furor que se generó en estos días por el contenido del cartel que tenemos en nuestra vereda,…
“The furror (sic) over Coffee Shop’s last street sign tag is a big misunderstanding. No one at Coffee Shop has ever discriminated against a single person, ever,” reads the Coffee Post statement. They continued saying, “There has (sic) been many quotes worth knowing and occasionally we’re funny. In this particlar (sic) case, the phrase is taken from Quentin Taratino’s (sic) “The Hateful Eight” set in the mid 19th century. A highly entertaining fiction that is consistent with his other work. I reccomend (sic) that you put it on your list. It may have accidentaly (sic) insulted, but I´d never say a thing like that in earnest.”
Of course, telling people to calm down always goes over well and people decided to share their own humor with Coffee Shop.
CREDIT: Coffee Shop / Facebook
“What great humor jajajaja. Chinga tu madre, look what great humor Mexicans have as well,” one Facebook commenter said.
But those who frequent Coffee Shop stood by the establishment.
CREDIT: Coffee Shop / Facebook
The sign has gone so viral and offended Mexican nationals in Uruguay to the point that the Mexican Embassy in Uruguay issued the following statement.
En relación al cartel desplegado por el café Coffee Shop, remito a continuación el texto de la nota diplomática enviado…
“The Embassy strictly disapproves and rejects the exhibition of a sign on the street that has offended and discriminated against Mexican nationals. In this sentiment, we appeal to the respect and solidarity that has always existed between Mexico and Uruguay and ask the honorable ministry to be the conduit to find out which branch of the Uruguayan government can respond legally to make this mentioned business stop promoting, immediately and definitively, the denigrating attitudes which are contrary to the values and principles of the Uruguayan society.”