Wednesday, October 01, 2008

RI store owner apologizes for asking for ID cards

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The owner of a plumbing supply store has signed an apology for asking Spanish-speaking customers for their Social Security numbers.

David Richardson allegedly asked to see Jose Genao's Social Security card in March after listening to Genoa and a friend speak Spanish inside Richardson's store. Genao said Richardson complained that the majority of people who speak Spanish in Rhode Island are illegal immigrants.

Both customers are U.S. citizens. Besides apologizing, Richardson paid $500 to several charities after the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights and the Providence Human Relations Commission found probable cause that he broke city and state law.

Richardson said he apologized to get the case "over and done with" and doesn't agree with the legal findings.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Source: WPRI


Anonymous said...

Despite this Q, Rhode Island is still going after your illegal buddies asshole.HAHAHAHA.Tell your boss at the HB sewer Oscar that I said so.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, you need to read the article a little better, he asked US citizens for their social security number, that is a violation of law. The basis was they spoke to each other in Spanish. He has no right to ask for any Identification, especially not a SS number.