I love Latin food and am normally willing to give it a try at any eatery…but after hearing of the blatant racism that takes place at Taco Cid in Columbia, South Carolina, I think it's safe to say that's one Mexican restaurant  you'll never catch me eating at.

The restaurant recently came under fire after someone tweeted out a photo of a Taco Cid cashier wearing a T-shirt embroidered with the words, "How to catch an illegal immigrant" over a cartoonish picture of a wooden trap with tacos used as bait. Can you believe that?!

And unfortunately, it wasn't just some one-time fluke. Apparently, all the employees actually wear the offensive shirt as their work uniform! And as if that wasn't bad enough, the restaurant also has the shirt for sale so that patrons have the option of buying it for themselves.

Ugh, why in the world would anyone wear that EVER, let alone at a place of business? It's not just inappropriate and unprofessional--it's downright racist!  I mean, implying that illegal immigrants are so easily swayed that they can be "caught" with tacos as bait? They're basically comparing real people to brainless animals.

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The really sad part though is that the owners probably think they're being clever and funny for the employees to wear those shirts at a Mexican restaurant. But in my personal opinion, the fact that they're mocking the very culture they're profiting from only makes the whole thing that much worse.

I just find it hard to believe that customers haven't found a problem with this before. I only hope that now that people realize what they're doing, they'll stop frequenting the restaurant until they're forced to change their distasteful actions.

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Why are you taking it so personal?  I think it's simply implying that Latinos know a good taco when they see/have one. It's just a funny.


I don't care for it but I'm not going to make a big deal out of it.

*yawn* Being Italian, I caught too many spaghetti bender, dago, and greaseball jibes as a kid to gen up much "outrage" over something as innocuous as this.
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The Carolinas are Southern states. Why is that supposed to be shocking? The only reason there isn't a piece of fried chicken in that box, and a message about Black Americans is because there is an "easier" group to target now. I'll play devil's advocate. People could say this website discriminates, by writing things in Spanish. Even the "About Us" section says the site is written for mom's like you, and the words "like you" are the only two in the sentence written in Spanish. What does that imply? Also, the shirt says specifically "Illegal". It could be asked why Ms. Regalado is so upset by a privately owned business making fun of the millions of people who have decided to ignore America's immigration laws. Statistics tell us that in the majority of cases, undocumented people also happen to be Hispanic. Why isn't she equally outraged by the undocumented immigrants' blatant disrespect for American laws and culture? If the box had a little bandana or a tiny tattoo gun under it, and it dissed MS13 gang members would she feel the same way? Isn't her outrage only based on the nationality and ethnicity of the people their talking about, and just a different type of discrimination?
As far as i know it is still a free country to say or ware what you want.Personnally i think it is funny,so quite being so up tite.
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And, you are surprised and shocked at the t-shirt. Do you watch TV at all. What supposedly passes as humor in this country is so crude and stupid, that I am NOT surprised. Sergio Romo, wore to the SF Giants city wide parade and civic center celebration a t-shirt that read, "I only look illegal". Really? Please, my dear, don't be shocked by anything you see in our classless and crude society.
What a shame that this is happening. The hate bashing against persons without legal satus is disturbing and rampant in America. Shame on El Cid.
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If they would all just leave and go back home we wouldn't have these problems.
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