Business Tenant Evicted for Not Speaking Spanish

Who would have thought that in America a man would be evicted from his place of business because he spoke only English:

Tom McKenna is a longtime Stuart businessman who speaks only English.

He says that’s why he’s being kicked out of the storefront on South Dixie Highway where he has run Seacoast Water Care for seven years.

“I don’t know how else to put it,” said McKenna, 51.

I’m not sure I do either.

On July 5 — the day after Independence Day — McKenna received a letter from landlord Ivan Munroe telling him to consider another location.

Munroe said in his letter he wants to have “quality tenants serving the Spanish need in the area.”

“I guess I don’t serve the ‘Spanish need,’ whatever that means,” McKenna said.

“I have plenty of Spanish-speaking workers come in here to buy water for their landscaping crews,” he said. “And people in the neighborhood use the vending machines out front to fill their water bottles for their homes.”

The building is on the east side of Dixie Highway, south of Indian Street in Golden Gate. Directly south of McKenna’s store, across Southeast Ellendale Street, is a Texaco gas station where men, most of whom speak primarily Spanish, gather to wait for someone to hire them for day labor.

The population of the Golden Gate neighborhood east of McKenna’s store also has become mostly Spanish-speaking.

To McKenna, that’s irrelevant, as it should be. A customer is a customer is a customer.

But all the signs for the check-cashing store and the Mexican restaurant that share the building with McKenna are in Spanish.

Apparently the signs for Seacoast Water Care don’t fit in. They’re in English.

There are many reason why this is really disturbing. One of the reasons illegal immigration flourishes in this country is because people like Mr. Munroe cater to those who sneak across the border, which encourages even more illegals to sneak across the border. Let’s not forget that English is the language primary of the United States, yet an American man is evicted from his business space because he speaks only English? Punishing American citizens because they don’t cater to illegal aliens who are running roughshod over the laws of this country will back fire on the people like Munroe because the American people are overwhelmingly anti-illegal immigration.

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