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« Topic Start: October 26, 2009, 11:03:23 am »

Hotel owner tells Hispanic workers to change names....

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_trouble_in_taos

-Then Whitten told some employees he was changing their Spanish first names. Whitten says it's a routine practice at his hotels to change first names of employees who work the front desk phones or deal directly with guests if their names are difficult to understand or pronounce.

No more Martin (Mahr-TEEN). It was plain-old Martin. No more Marcos. Now it would be Mark.-

In addition to all the other issues if have with this how hard is it to pronounce Marcos? I mean...really? Huh




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« Reply #1: October 26, 2009, 11:11:56 am »

In addition to all the other issues if have with this how hard is it to pronounce Marcos? I mean...really? Huh

This guy sounds like an ass. I wouldn't work for him if I had any other choice at all.
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« Reply #2: October 26, 2009, 11:25:55 am »

This guy sounds like an ass. I wouldn't work for him if I had any other choice at all.

I think that you are being unfair to asses there, Randall! I'm suprised that he hasn't been either sued or even been hit by someone yet. He sounds to me like one of those people that you have to get in line to be angry with! What an absolute moron!
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« Reply #3: October 26, 2009, 11:27:36 am »

This guy sounds like an ass. I wouldn't work for him if I had any other choice at all.

I agree. I won't be staying in any of his hotels anytime soon either. One of my favorites quotes is....

"It has nothing to do with racism. I'm not doing it for any reason other than for the satisfaction of my guests, because people calling from all over America don't know the Spanish accents or the Spanish culture or Spanish anything," Whitten says.

Personally, my Spanish is pretty horrible at this point but how that equates with these folks having to change their names is beyond me. Undecided

If I had to guess a lawsuit is already in the works...
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« Reply #4: October 26, 2009, 12:28:24 pm »

Hotel owner tells Hispanic workers to change names....

I saw this earlier today and am still fuming over it.   He really doesn't seem to think he's doing anything wrong either.
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« Reply #5: October 26, 2009, 12:58:31 pm »

Personally, my Spanish is pretty horrible at this point but how that equates with these folks having to change their names is beyond me. Undecided

I sure don't get it. "Marcos" isn't any harder to pronounce than "Mark" for most people.
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« Reply #6: October 26, 2009, 12:59:02 pm »

"It has nothing to do with racism. I'm not doing it for any reason other than for the satisfaction of my guests, because people calling from all over America don't know the Spanish accents or the Spanish culture or Spanish anything," Whitten says.

I... I'm almost speechless. I read the article & when I saw 'Taos, NM' all I could do was sit here and make weird stuttering 'wt -- wt -- wt' noises.

WTF? A hotel owner, with a hotel in TAOS, NM thinks Spanish names are too hard for people to pronounce??? Where the heck are the majority of his customers coming from?

I've worked as a front desk clerk for a hote/casino out here in Vegas, and the majority of the front desk employees were either Latin or Filipino. If our management had pulled a stunt like that, they would have staged a revolution, never mind a protest. It just wobbles the mind.
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« Reply #7: October 26, 2009, 01:23:51 pm »

Hotel owner tells Hispanic workers to change names....

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_trouble_in_taos

-Then Whitten told some employees he was changing their Spanish first names. Whitten says it's a routine practice at his hotels to change first names of employees who work the front desk phones or deal directly with guests if their names are difficult to understand or pronounce.

No more Martin (Mahr-TEEN). It was plain-old Martin. No more Marcos. Now it would be Mark.-

In addition to all the other issues if have with this how hard is it to pronounce Marcos? I mean...really? Huh





As an option it has a practical side more so for imigrants fom countries such as India (There are a few Indian names that I have a lot of trouble pronouncing correctly)  but really !    I hope the employees have a name that they decided he should be called (behind his back of course)
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« Reply #8: October 26, 2009, 01:35:51 pm »

As an option it has a practical side more so for imigrants fom countries such as India (There are a few Indian names that I have a lot of trouble pronouncing correctly)  but really !    I hope the employees have a name that they decided he should be called (behind his back of course)

If my Spanish is right, I think that name would be "Pendejo"
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« Reply #9: October 26, 2009, 02:09:46 pm »

If my Spanish is right, I think that name would be "Pendejo"

Heh, probably more like 'pinche cabron'.
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« Reply #10: October 26, 2009, 02:26:26 pm »

Heh, probably more like 'pinche cabron'.

None of the Spanish translators I'm using will give me anything on that (I'm guessing that a tilda or accent mark is missing there).  I give up, what does it mean?
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« Reply #11: October 26, 2009, 02:30:51 pm »

Then Whitten told some employees he was changing their Spanish first names. Whitten says it's a routine practice at his hotels to change first names of employees who work the front desk phones or deal directly with guests if their names are difficult to understand or pronounce.

No more Martin (Mahr-TEEN). It was plain-old Martin. No more Marcos. Now it would be Mark.-

In addition to all the other issues if have with this how hard is it to pronounce Marcos? I mean...really? Huh

My sister has a hard time with people messing up her first name.

Which is ...

"Elena".

This blows my tiny little mind.
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« Reply #12: October 26, 2009, 02:44:09 pm »

My sister has a hard time with people messing up her first name.

Which is ...

"Elena".

This blows my tiny little mind.

In all fairness, I have heard that name pronounced in two different ways Undecided
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« Reply #13: October 26, 2009, 02:52:38 pm »

In all fairness, I have heard that name pronounced in two different ways Undecided

ell-AY-nuh and ELL-in-uh?  (Just guessing, because I've only ever heard it the former way.  But the latter is the only alternative I'm seeing, so I'm curious to know whether I'm right or not.)
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« Reply #14: October 26, 2009, 02:56:54 pm »

ell-AY-nuh and ELL-in-uh?  (Just guessing, because I've only ever heard it the former way.  But the latter is the only alternative I'm seeing, so I'm curious to know whether I'm right or not.)

Yes, those are the ones Smiley
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