I came across this earlier today. The gist of it is that a small diner in North Carolina posted a sign saying they will not serve you if you don't speak English. The reason? Two incidents of Latino customers who couldn't speak English, which made the staff feel "uncomfortable."
This was triggered by two interactions with non-English speaking customers. Count them. One. Two. Whew! I don't know about you but that was way too much for me to handle. Having people point to pictures on a menu and use fingers to indicate quantities is just too stressful. They don't really need to eat anyway. I mean, they don't speak English, so they're hardly even people, right? (Too far?)
The staff said that the interactions made them feel uncomfortable. That is one of the most insensitive, obtuse things I have ever heard. I guess when you never leave the state you were born in your comfort zone is comparatively small. I live in a country where I don't speak the language fluently, and have traveled to many where I don't speak the language at all, so I am in those customers' shoes everyday. Trust me, the staff were not the uncomfortable ones in that exchange. There is nothing more uncomfortable than not being able to express yourself, and the more mundane the task (like ordering food), the worse it is. I am grateful for every person who has ever slowed down their speech, used gestures, or any other communicative method to help me understand. My greatest wish for America is that it acquires such a patience and acceptance for things that are, well, not American. If anyone hasn't noticed, the world extends just a little bit beyond our borders.