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The Korean restaurant near my apartment (no better place in the city for grilled intestines, let me tell you) has a policy of posting handwritten help wanted signs in bad Spanish--stuff like, "Man needed--wash dishes." Today there's a new one--"Needed: Woman for work". It's unclear what type of work they require a Spanish-speaking woman for--the clientele's probably 95% Korean, and the owner gives the impression he knows everyone in there by name. It all comes off as rather shady.

Why Spanish speakers? As far as I can tell, most of the staff is monolingual in Korean (everyone seemed a little edgy the first time I walked in, though they were very polite overall) , and if the signs are any indication they certainly don't speak much Spanish. Isn't this exactly the kind of crap restaurant work that relatives get roped into?


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Sep. 4th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
I dunno about Chicago, but round here every single restaurant seems to employ Mexicans behind the scenes. Not usually as chefs or sous chefs, but all the people who actually cook the food, deliver it to the waiters and wash the dishes speak Spanish. I think with a lot family run places the relatives get roped into waiting tables because that's glamorous compared to being a busboy or even a line cook. Those jobs are reserved for the people who will take whatever they can get just as long as their employer doesn't ask too many questions.
Sep. 4th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, in the end I have no doubt that's what's up--behind-the-scenes restaurant stuff is overwhelmingly done by Spanish-speakers here, too. But "Woman needed for Work?" That just sounds weird.

I was probably also hoping the ancient, grandfatherly Korean guy who runs the place is not, in fact, a ruthless exploiter of illegal immigrants, but that's not looking too likely.
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