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Friday, June 24, 2005
  Sign of the times
Inside the Beltway - Nation/Politics - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper: "Sign of the times
'Credito Sin Papele sde Gringos.'
Translation: 'Credit Without Gringo's Papers.'
So reads the sign out in front of Casa Furniture, 4618 King St. in Alexandria, just a few blocks from the Bailey's Crossroads section of Fairfax County. Hoping to lure undocumented aliens, one might assume?
Forget the fact that 'gringo,' according to Webster's dictionary, is a hostile or contemptuous term for an American.
We telephoned Casa Furniture yesterday. A man who identified himself as the manager put us on hold for 20 minutes after we inquired about the sign. We finally hung up and called again. A woman informed us the manager was no longer available.
So, we jumped into the car and drove to Casa Furniture, where a Hispanic salesman told us he didn't know what the 'gringo' sign meant.
We asked to see the manager, but we were told he had just left the store. The salesman then ordered us to leave the premises. "
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