¿Just what in the chimichanga is goin' on, South Carolina? While we were just getting used to your South of the Border tourist rap with its decor full of cartoony lazy Mexican stereotypes, now arrives this t-shirt reportedly worn by employees of Taco Cid, a Mexican food joint in West Columbia, South Carolina. The clothing in question (which is supposedly for sale to customers) sports a drawing of a rudimentary mousetrap made of a wooden crate that utilizes crunchy hard shell tacos as bait with the words "How to Catch an Illegal Immigrant" above it.
And while the tacky taco shirt has caused some grumbling like a belly's worth of Montezuma's revenge, the restaurant doesn't seem to mind too much as witnessed by the statement on www.tacocid.com, which, from what we can tell, is the establishment's official website (although you can never tell these days, with so many Internet wankstas out there).
From the Taco Cid site: Our t-shirts were created as a witty and comical statement regarding ILLEGAL immigrants. There are NO racial nor hate remarks towards any specific ethnic group.
Taco Cid and it's employees are not racist. We will serve EVERY individual with the same quality of service, respect in a friendly and welcoming manner.
Our food is fresh prepared and served in the SAME QUALITY and QUANTITY, regardless of your race, religion or political views.
As most tax paying Americans, we do believe ILLEGAL immigrants are taxing the system we support and live under, thereby, causing us to work harder and pay more taxes in support of their illegal activities which our government has simply chosen to look the other way. Is it racist to disagree with those who are not supporting the American system?
We are an equal opportunity employer and will hire anyone who meets our needs and is a legal citizen or immigrant. We do not hire illegal immigrants. Our employees pay taxes.
We are open Monday through Saturday and closed Sundays – in observance of a day of worship.
If you do not agree with our views on ILLEGAL immigrants, please do not visit our establishment. If you agree with our view on American Equality in citizenship and tax fairness, then show your support and come join us for lunch and dinner.
We look forward to serving you!
Taco Bell never looked so good.
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(Photo by Nathan Sloan)
Statement from tacocid.com