Since I speak both English and Spanish, that would be helpful to me, in
that I can brush up on my building supply vocabulary in Spanish.
Unfortunately, the local Lowes is all English, though it was only built
about 5 years ago.
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That surprises me. I've been to Lowe's in about five states (north and
south) over the last couple of years (while visiting relatives, and
being drafted to help with projects), and every single one had the
English/Spanish signs. I assumed it was chain-wide.
I think you are right, it is chain-wide.
What seems odd to me is why there is no outcry about "profiling" - I
mean, I would expect stores operating in the US where English is the
predominant language to use English for their signs, but why target
Mexicans as the "other" shoppers? - that's profiling, plain & simple.
What about Austrian speaking peoples? ("Austrian language" as being
recently discovered by our president).
The city I live in, Fremont, CA., has over 60 languages and dialects
present. There wouldn't be any room for merchandise if they had to
provide signage for all. Big Grin. I don't even register on the other
language signs anymore. I see the ones I understand and that's about it.
ISTR that in So. Cal. about 30 years ago one could take the driver's
license test in any one of a whole list of languages. Isn't the whole
point of "iconic" (pictorial) street signs that one does not need to be
able to read any particular language?
One of the things that struck me when I returned to Australia after
living in California for a few years was that in Australian phone booths
the full instructions were in English on one side of the notice, while
on the other side was something like "For instructions in <language>
dial <number>" in ten or a dozen different languages, each language
having its own dedicated number.
The younger generation will normally become fluent in English as long as
the education system is working OK, and their kids probably will know
little or nothing of their grandparents' mother tongue. There's no need
for draconian measures to stamp out all but English.
We had a Lowes that was about 10 years old. They built a newer one a little
ways away where they could make it bigger (and by chance be right across the
road from where Home Depot was putting in a store). The new Lowes had the
bilingual signs. My guess is that they're made in bulk -- and shipped to the
stores as needed.
I was very happy to have the large Spanish speaking population in Texas when
I was there -- made it much easier to find good Mexican food than where I
live now. I also see no reason to blame the people who are providing cheap
labor to corporate America right here in the USA. It saves them the cost of
shipping those jobs overseas and increases shareholder equity.
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On Sat, 12 Sep 2009 16:08:13 -0700, Larry Caldwell
I hear that. Same happened here. Our local hardware/building
supply/general store lost the race as well. I have one place that is
quite old (built in 1870 and updated through the years). I could
always buy a matching plumbing fitting etc. from Ray's. Now a simple
project like fixing a leaking faucet can easily become a major (and
expensive) retrofit because nobody around here carries that stuff
anymore. Not to mention Ray and/or his son knew how to fix just about
anything, whereas now I feel lucky if the help can tell me what row I
might find something in.
The Lowes here has no lumber over 10 feet long, so I have little
reason to ever go to Lowes.
Are you saying it is available in longer lengths? Crap, I just built a new
house and it is 10' by 200'.
That's just one of the reasons I try to give my business to a locally
owned retail. We have electrical and plumbing supply dealers as well
as a local building supply store that delivers things too big for my
vehicle at no extra cost within a day or two. Sid's hardware store
is open on Sunday and has a very good inventory of electrical and
plumbing parts -- enough to handle anything I'd actually need on a
Sunday emergency. For electrical stuff I don't feel comfortable doing
myself there are Charlie and Gil (Charlie also runs network cables)
and for plumbing there's Rolf all of whom tend to have an amazing supply
of items in their possession on a daily basis.
LowesDepot is for looking around and getting ideas.
Always remember that it is impossible to speak in such
a way that you cannot be misunderstood: there will always
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