The conversion of the former Big Lots store in Highland Park into an El Super market triggered a debate over the preservation of the mid-century structure on York Boulevard. This weekend, El Super generated more buzz among the member on the Northeast Los Angeles List when a posting about an upcoming job fair noted that the store required all applicants to be bilingual in English & Spanish:
“So if you do not speak Spanish you may not apply?
“You may apply even if you don’t speak Spanish, but you may not be hired.”
“Last time I checked that was called discrimination. Oh, I forgot its ok if your the wrong color.”
“Why not [require] French so that we can speak with all the Vietmanese; Morrocan, South African immigrants.”
“As a South African immigrant, I can tell you we don’t speak French. I do speak Spanish though (not very well) – as a resident of California I found it necessary in my first year here to learn the (local) language.”