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'American Owned' nail salon sign seen as offensive to some

'American Owned' nail salon sign seen as offensive to some
Posted April 3rd, 2013 @ 2:49pm

A sign posted outside a Collin County nail salon promoting it as "American Owned, American Staffed" is generating controversy. 

The merchant defends her sign by saying it's a "patriotic business decision." But others believe it's focused more on what her Fairview business isn’t: Asian owned and operated.

Ed Thayer said he was offended when he saw the sign in the window of the St. Tropez Nail Spa. He's a regular customer at a Vietnamese restaurant next door. He and his wife adopted four girls who are Vietnamese-Americans.

Thayer said he was so upset, he went into the salon to confront the owner. 

"I said, 'This sign here implies that the other salons around here that are owned by Asian-Americans are less American than you,'" Thayer recalled.

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