Nevermind that crime rates are 2X the national average. Your name hurts our feelings

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  1. 2Manboobs

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    Poverty stricken, crime ridden Philadelphia is finally ridding itself of this horribly offensive restaurant name... I see great things on this city's horizon. Congratulations to all for this prodigious victory !! :) :)


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    Chink's Steaks, the Northeast Philly sandwich institution that has faced heat in recent years over the ethnic slur in its name, says it's rebranding.

    On April 1, it will be known as Joe's Steaks + Soda Shop.

    The more prosaic name was chosen by branding specialist David Neff, hired by owner Joe Groh, according to a press release.

    It's not clear why the name is being changed now - other than the fact that Groh is looking forward to leaving the business to his son someday.

    Back in 2004, Groh was chastised by Asian Americans in a series of Philadelphia Daily News articles, and in 2008, the Philadelphia Bar Association took the unusual step of issuing a resolution critical of the name.

    The shop, on Torresdale Avenue in Wissinoming, was called Chink's from its founding in 1949 by a white guy named Sam Sherman.

    That was his boyhood nickname. In 2004, Sam's widow wrote a letter to the Daily News to explain how, as a 7-year-old in 1930 at James Blaine Elementary School, Sam was so branded with the slur by classmates who noted that his eyes were almond-shaped

    Sam died in 1997, but the shop lived on, under the ownership of longtime employee Joe Groh.

    In the press release, Groh said he did not associate the shop's name with the racial slur. Some regulars, he contended, had threatened to never return if this change occurred.

    In a statement, Groh said: “It is very important to me, my family and the entire staff that we no longer inadvertently alienate anyone in the Philly community."


    http://www.philly.com/philly/food/Chinks-Steaks-changing-its-name.html
     
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  2. BrulesRules

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    change it to Nig's Steaks :pray:
     
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    I've been sick all week how do you feel about that?
     
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    Did you want help figuring out who to blame ???
     
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    I'm gonna become a "branding specialist" :wtf:
     
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    boon steaks>chink steaks
     
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    Again, 2man gets all blustery when someone appears to be bending to the "MTV Generation." IMO, these folks don't seem to be too business savvy. Sure he has the right to call it what he wants. If he's been catching heat since 2004, imagine the business he's lost. Do you think it's worth it to keep his old timey customers?

    I wonder how this has anything to do with the crime rate :dontknow:

    That's like saying Philly has the worst collection of crappy, rusty cars. Why would someone waste their time renaming a restaurant when we have these ugly cars on the street? It's called a red herring.
     
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    Here's a chinese place by me

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    Well.. considering that the place has been in business for 64 years, maybe you should leave the 'business savvy' moniker to those who understand its meaning and who've successfully run a business for over six decades..Maybe we just let the business owners decide if the name has been negatively affecting business, and let them deal with it accordingly ...They've only been catching heat from a small band of overly sensitive whiners that cant find anything else to do with their time (like help figure out a pro-active way to reduce Philadelphia's horrendous crime rate, & improve the piss poor business climate).... When you're in the position Philadelphia is in, you need to prioritize your efforts.... Worrying about who might be offended by a restaurants name (that's only been around for 60+ years) SHOULD be a topic thats addressed AFTER the important stuff has been rectified ...
     
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    I'm not familiar with what a Boon Steak is . . . .
     
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    It's interesting that you always take up racially charged causes. If you are that big on trying to fix justice, why don't you look into this terrible crime rate?


    and......anybody would be a fool to think that a name like Chinks isn't going to drive some potential customers away. I think anyone is a piss poor businessman if he doesn't strive to maximize his customer base.

    Let me repeat. I don't give a fuck.....what he calls his business. I'm happy for him that he's made a living for 60 years. He would...probably increase traffic if he changed the name although with the publicity that he's getting, it may be too late.

    I still don't understand what it has to do with the crime rate. Maybe if he changed the name, more blacks would come in and the cops could arrest them as we know that blacks account for most crimes.
     
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    Don't you find it exhausting........To type like this?
     
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    Hoochie Bin LOL