Only in America
A Miami woman claims she was refused service at a local Taco Bell because she wouldn’t place her order in Spanish. Alexandria Montgomery says the drive-through worker—who has since been fired—told her that no English-speaking staffers were available and threatened to call the police if she didn’t leave. “It really made me feel like I don’t belong here,” said Montgomery, “and I grew up here my whole life.”
Officials at a Tennessee middle school told students who found maggots in their cafeteria food to write thank-you notes to cafeteria workers in “an effort to be positive.” Parent Brandy Schubert says officials responded defensively to complaints about the maggots and instructed students to “write a letter to the cafeteria ladies” to say “what you are thankful for.”
Correction: In an Only in America item in the Sept. 21 issue, The Week incorrectly identified the race of the off-duty Cincinnati police officer who used his Taser on an 11-year-old girl he accused of shoplifting. Police Officer Kevin Brown is African-American, as is the girl.