Guy loses business for being "Politically Correct" in Philadelphia

Discussion in 'The Howard Stern Show' started by MutteringJohn, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. MutteringJohn

    MutteringJohn Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    63,640
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2012
    Messages:
    13,208
    Likes Received:
    15,073
    [​IMG]THE JOKE says "no good deed goes unpunished." Joe Groh isn't laughing. Four months ago he did the right thing. Now he's paying the price for it. Groh is the owner of Joe's Steaks + Soda Shop at 6030 Torresdale Ave., and if that doesn't ring a bell, here's the name it used until March 31: Chink's Steaks, a Wissinoming landmark since 1949. Seem familiar now? MORE COVERAGE Conflicted by Chink's I doubt many, if any, of Chink's customers connected the name with a racial slur. The steak shop was named by founder Sam "Chink" Sherman, who got the nickname when he was a kid due to his almond shaped eyes. You can argue whether his friends meant it as an Asian slur or a sidewalk description. America was, rightly or wrongly, less sensitive about such things then. The store, smaller than a rowhouse, is largely the same as the day it opened - six wooden booths, five red-leather-topped counter stools under an antique tin ceiling and two large fans. Everything looks the same, but the cherubic Groh senses something has changed. His business was down 10 percent in June and 15 percent last month. When Groh, 50, announced his plan to rename the restaurant - he has worked there for 35 years and bought it from Sherman's widow in 1999 - there were two explosions. The first was in the media. The little steakshop never before received so much attention. The second was backlash from some longtime customers who hated the name-change, calling it a surrender to political-correctness. They have a point. An online petition to keep the old name drew 10,000 signatures. That's a lot of names. Groh was condemned on social media. In separate incidents in recent months, Groh's rechristened place had "Chink's" painted on the pavement and on his front window by dead-enders with too much time on their hands. At the time of the name change, Groh was asked "why" and his answers usually flowed along the lines of: it was time, it is 2013, it was never his intent to hurt anyone's feelings. Sitting in a back booth at Joe's, I look Groh in the eye and ask him if he really wanted to change the name. "In all honesty, no," he says, reflecting on its history and it being the only place he's ever worked and the affection everyone had for Chink Sherman. But, "I am Joe. It's 2013. It was time to do it." He didn't expect the fury, the cursing, people vowing they would never come in again. Some have abandoned him, some want to have it both ways. A little old lady, maybe 75, comes in with her son and daughter. She says to Groh, "You make me sick," orders a cheesesteak, sits down, eats it, then walks out telling him, "You still make me sick." Pure Philadelphia. As always, 90 percent of his business comes from outside the neighborhood, a lot of New Jerseyans grab a few sandwiches as they head to the nearby Betsy Ross Bridge, but the recent decline in his business - after a small spike post-name change - "scared me," he says. He's giving some reluctant thought to moving, which would kill the 14 neighborhood jobs Joe's provides. This address has been his home for 35 years - he even lived above the shop before moving to Cinnaminson, N.J. - but he is a businessman first. The shop is his legacy. His son Patrick, 24, is working there already. If 10 percent of the do-gooders who cheered him for doing the right thing came in for an occasional steak or shake, he'd be fine. Good deeds shouldn't carry a high price.
     
  2. MrWarmth

    MrWarmth ADORABLE DEPLORABLE Gold

    Reputations:
    176,483
    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2010
    Messages:
    90,654
    Likes Received:
    41,276
    I should open a Wop's Pizza Shop
     
  3. SuperFarts

    SuperFarts Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    47,379
    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2012
    Messages:
    5,166
    Likes Received:
    9,670
    I renamed my place to "Spic's" Pizza and have since seen a 10% increase.

    :boobily:
     
  4. greyt

    greyt Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    11,008
    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2012
    Messages:
    3,051
    Likes Received:
    2,576
    I'm going to start a baseball team and use a racist indian caricature for my logo
     
  5. MutteringJohn

    MutteringJohn Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    63,640
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2012
    Messages:
    13,208
    Likes Received:
    15,073
    Naturally no one bother's this guy.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. JB50

    JB50 Well-Known Member VIP

    Reputations:
    1,951
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2012
    Messages:
    964
    Likes Received:
    416

    Wisconsin dells?
     
  7. Keyless Chuck

    Keyless Chuck Barely a VIP

    Reputations:
    28,791
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2012
    Messages:
    3,194
    Likes Received:
    1,729
    I love this country, we have come so far from the dark ages :salute:
     
  8. John Smith

    John Smith Well-Known Member VIP

    Reputations:
    14,629
    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2012
    Messages:
    2,626
    Likes Received:
    2,883
    [​IMG]
     
  9. MutteringJohn

    MutteringJohn Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    63,640
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2012
    Messages:
    13,208
    Likes Received:
    15,073
    Cut and paste, pal. That's all I know how to do.
     
  10. Bye You!

    Bye You! The n word guy Gold

    Reputations:
    339,535
    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2010
    Messages:
    79,567
    Likes Received:
    41,529
    Please!!!
     
  11. Wigward Hairhat

    Wigward Hairhat Active Member

    Reputations:
    94
    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2013
    Messages:
    1,583
    Likes Received:
    24
    [​IMG]
     
  12. StRyDeRxX

    StRyDeRxX Bling Bling Gold

    Reputations:
    62,074
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2012
    Messages:
    11,770
    Likes Received:
    12,883
  13. Beth143nacho

    Beth143nacho Well-Known Member VIP

    Reputations:
    65,857
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2012
    Messages:
    19,999
    Likes Received:
    16,903
    If anyone's interested, I just opened up a A group of lovely people fried chicken. $10 off to dawgs members.
     
  14. HowieStearn

    HowieStearn HateClub

    Reputations:
    80,299
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2011
    Messages:
    14,504
    Likes Received:
    14,286
    what were they thinking? it's only acceptable to be bigoted against Christians :dontknow:
     
  15. Chimney Portions

    Chimney Portions I drink cum Banned User

    Reputations:
    53,779
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2011
    Messages:
    30,067
    Likes Received:
    2,253
    You're gonna get sued.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. cah155

    cah155 Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    -47,045
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2012
    Messages:
    3,194
    Likes Received:
    1,819
    Sounds like Philly
     
  17. LaReineBlanche

    LaReineBlanche Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    2,180
    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2010
    Messages:
    7,506
    Likes Received:
    489
    :bounce:
     
  18. reno

    reno VIP Extreme Gold

    Reputations:
    324,700
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2012
    Messages:
    13,719
    Likes Received:
    40,633
    The highest point in Pennsylvania is Mount Davis. It's on a ridge called Negro Mountain. True story.
     
  19. racerx

    racerx New Member

    Reputations:
    3
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2011
    Messages:
    5,984
    Likes Received:
    2
    IMO it has nothing to do with the name itself or political correctness.
    it doesnt make any sense that it does well for 60 years, then last year goes down 10% 'because of the name'.
    even if you change a name from joes steaks to bob steaks, biz goes down a great deal. you lose many of the joes steaks customers, and there are no bob steaks customers yet. its worse than starting a new biz.

    i had a friend who bought the local pizza place. i suggested a cool name for it. and new menu items ect.
    he said im changing nothing, im not even going to clean the dirty sign. i realize now he was right ,dont fix something thats not broke
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2013
  20. ScottBaiosPenis

    ScottBaiosPenis Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    77,560
    Joined:
    May 26, 2013
    Messages:
    8,975
    Likes Received:
    15,461
    you joke but...

    [​IMG]