Pizza chain announces it will accept pesos, ends up getting death threats.

A Texas based pizza chain called “Pizza Patron” recently announced it would start accepting Mexican pesos alongside good old-fashioned American dollars as payment from its customers for a limited time. This apparently didn’t sit too well with some asshats out there as it’s generated no small amount of hate mail and death threats:

“This is the United States of America, not the United States of Mexico,” one e-mail read. “Quit catering to the … illegal Mexicans,” another said.

Now you might be wondering why a store would accept pesos in the first place, but consider that 60% of Pizza Patron’s customers are Hispanic and the stores are located mostly in Hispanic communities and it makes quite a bit of sense.

“If people would understand that the majority of our customers are Hispanic, then it might make more sense for a company to sell pizza for pesos,” Gamm said. “It doesn’t make sense in Connecticut. And it doesn’t make sense in North Dakota or in Maine. But it makes perfect sense here in Dallas, in Phoenix, in Denver—areas far from the border that have significant Hispanic populations.”

The company said it has received hundreds of e-mails, some supportive, most critical.

What most folks don’t know is that Pizza Patron is hardly alone in this practice. Quite a few chains including Wal-Mart and H-E-B supermarkets that are located along the American border will accept foreign currency whether it be Mexican pesos or Canadian dollars. It just makes good business sense. Alas for the asshats of the world that doesn’t matter. This is America, dammit! You shouldn’t assume you have the freedom to accept whatever you want for payment here!

20 thoughts on “Pizza chain announces it will accept pesos, ends up getting death threats.

  1. Businesses in border regions or tourist-infested spots all over the world will gladly relieve their marks of coin, regardless of currency. They simply set the exchange rate high enough to turn a small side profit on the trips to the bank.

    I’m not an economist, but isn’t it cardinal rule of business that the customer should have be able to pay with the greatest ease?

    And there you have it:

    Pizza Patron spokesman Andy Gamm said the company was just trying to sell more pizza to its customers, 60 percent of whom are Hispanic.

  2. Just another example of how people are stupid.  And for anyone that really gives a shit.  Just take a deep breath and relax.  Cause if you thought about it for a moment, you would probably do the same thing if you ran a business in areas with a heavy Hispanic population.

  3. When I went to Mexico, they wouldnt let me use my Capitol One card to buy tickets to see the donkey sex show. I had to use my travelers checks!

  4. When I went to Mexico, they wouldnt let me use my Capitol One card to buy tickets to see the donkey sex show. I had to use my travelers checks!

    At least you didn’t have to work off ticket debt IN the donkey show…

  5. It isn’t generating much news here in Denver. Because of our heavy illegal mexican population, things like that go mostly unnoticed. It’s pretty unfortunate that my beloved city is catering to them and bending to their will.

    I see more and more Spanish language signs every day. mad

  6. If there isn’t any law restricting what form of payment you accept, I’m really tempted to try and open a business for myself and only accept Chickens and turnips as payment.  See how many cousin-bangers would be upset about that one.

  7. What you described is bartering, a perfectly legal and common transaction. The exchange of legal US tender is different. Pesos, Canadian dollars, Deutschmarks, etc are not legal tender in the USA but they can be easily exchanged for it.

  8. Moloch,

    31 U.S.C. 5103 does not require that foreign currency be exchanged before it may be utilized as payment of a debt in the United States. It says simply that foreign gold and silver are not legal tender. 

    Legal tender laws require the merchant/lender to accept payment in U.S. currency if tendered, rather than refusing the tendered payment and demanding payment in some other form.  To my knowledge, and I’m admittedly far afield of my area of expertise here, there is no requirement that legal tender is the only currency that the merchant/lender may accept.

  9. All of the places I’ve worked in Canada have accepted US dollars as payment. Many places I’ve shopped in the northern USA have taken Canadian dollars as payment. And I’m sure that all sorts of southern states have stores that accept pesos. However, this pizza place is kind of asking for criticism by being the only place I’ve ever heard of to actually advertise the fact that they accept foreign currency. I don’t know of any other chains that actively encourage the practice.

  10. A business is going to do whatever is most profitable and it can accept any form of payment it wants. Don’t blame the pizza place for accepting pesos from illegals, blame the people controlling the world for using troops to invade Iraq (and soon Iran) instead of securing the border [but then, there is no border]. It doesn’t really matter whether you accept Dollars, Euros, Pesos, Ameros or dirt, they are all worthless.

  11. I dont see a problem, if they pay the amount in pesos as they would pay in dollars and no discounts for pesos then I have no problem with it.

  12. The only people who have a problem with this are those nazi’s and minutemen we always see. We accept canadian money without a problem, but when it involves Mexico everyone goes crazy! These chains are mostly located by border states, it’s no wonder that they accept Pesos! Get over yourselves people, those areas are close to Mexico! In Mexico, they accept US dollars and have English signs posted all over their northern cities.

  13. SO what- I bet it’s not illegal to accept payment in foriegn currency.  Not legal tender just means that it’s not recognised.  Gift vouchers aren’t legal tender, they are a promissory note between two legal entities.

    Oh- IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL SCOTS.
    Contrary to popular belief Scottish money IS NOT legal tender, and any UK shop is perfectly entitled to refuse payment for it. (not that it matters, for under UK law no shop has a legal duty to sell you any of their products- they may refuse to serve you)

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