An atheist friend from Texas recently went to his local Pancho’s Mexican Buffet in Euless, Texas.
Pancho’s is a chain with nearly 40 restaurants in the Southwest.
When he walked in, he saw a sign on the door that read:
Get 10% off on Sunday!
Bring in your Church Bulletin and receive a 10% discount on your meal
When he asked if there was something atheists could do to get the discount, he was told there wasn’t.
I’m pretty sure if I opened an Indian restaurant and gave discounts to brown people but not white people, there would be problems. So why this policy is allowed at this particular Poncho’s baffles me.
My first assumption was that people at Poncho’s headquarters just don’t know about it. So I wrote to them a few days ago via email. They haven’t responded yet.
As for the bulletin policy, I am wondering if only certain types of churches get a discount.
Or if Muslim mosque bulletins (do they even have those?) are accepted.
My friend is going to go back there with a bulletin of some sort — one from an “atheist church,” perhaps? — to see if they take it.
I’ll keep you updated in any case.
Incidentally, when he left the restaurant, there was another sign that read “Muchas Gracias! Vaya con Dios.” which translates to “Thank you very much! Go with God.” It’s not much of a concern, but apparently, the business from atheists is unwanted at that particular Poncho’s.
[tags]atheist, atheism, religion, God, Pancho’s Mexican Buffet, Euless, Church Bulletin, Muslim[/tags]
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