English Speaking Contractors Save A Little Extra At This Home Depot

Reader Curt saw this sign at Home Depot. He writes:

Se Habla Espanol? Hope not.

Apparently, speaking English saves you $50 as a Home Depot Contractor.



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  1. apotheosis says:

    Well, bilingual signage isn’t free.

  2. BoomerFive says:


  3. Japheaux says:

    The $50 difference is what they had to pay the local techie to bookmark Google Language Tools into their customer service computer’s browser.

  4. jessemoya says:

    It’s probably just the conversion of the once-valuable US dollar to Mexican Pesos.

  5. The bottom one is Pesos, which has the same $ symbol.

    Yes, the dollar is just that weak.

  6. mike says:

    @jessemoya: I was thinking the same thing.

  7. @jessemoya: D’oh

  8. Would it be legal to do that (assuming it’s not a mistake, which I’m guessing it is)?

  9. Aphex242 says:

    No and yes, I’m sure it’s a mistake.

  10. nforcer says:

    What I’m wondering is, why would any person speaking any language in the United States, and recognizes the dollar sign, need the number to be written a second time to understand what it means? This mistake wouldn’t be made if the sign was designed better.

  11. Stormslanding says:

    Converting an 8 to a 3 is pretty easy. I call shenanigans on this.

  12. @jessemoya: 23,284 U.S. dollars = 237,434.355 Mexican pesos

  13. forgottenpassword says:

    I have seen hispanic-owned stores that cater specifically to fellow hispanics (illegals) charge less for hispanics than they do for gringos. ANd I’m talking about stores in the states.

  14. MoCo says:

    So what’s the problem?

  15. MustyBuckets says:

    I’m willing to bet that the person who wrote these down just put the wrong number in. A simple mistake, 2-3-2-8-4 to 2-3-2-3-4. No conspiracy here.

  16. Kevino says:

    They could always learn English since I learned a little Spanish. I know we do not have a set language, but most everything we do is in English and it could save them 50 bucks :)

    In reality, it is probably a mistake on their part.

  17. nforcer says:

    Guys… this post is even tagged “mistakes” and “errors”. I don’t even know how this made news anyway. Somebody just incorrectly wrote a 3 instead of an 8, or vice-versa. Big deal. Must be a slow news day.

  18. getjustin says:

    @forgottenpassword: So they have a gringo surcharge? Is it added to the bill? What if I look like a gringo but speak fluent Spanish?

    /if it smells like BS….
    //pinche guero

  19. alysbrangwin says:

    It would help if they actually asked a real translator to write their signs. All those big box stores have clearly just used a dictionary to translate each word one-by-one. See also JC Penny with “halar,” which is not a word, when they meant “jalar,” pronounced with an ‘h.’ It’s a disservice to Spanish speakers to pretend like you’re catering to them when you’re just patronizing.

  20. cmdrsass says:

    @nforcer: Careful, you’re going to incur the wrath of the new commenter code!

  21. ironchef says:

    That’s the price you pay working for “The Man”

  22. nforcer says:

    @cmdrsass: You broke the “commenters are not moderators” rule!

    At any rate, I apologize for my comment. I didn’t read the new code and I’ll be more careful with my comments.

  23. gamin says:

    @forgottenpassword: That’s the way it should be [sarcasm] damn gingos saving more in Home Depot we have to make the savings from somewhere else [sarcasm]

  24. homerjay says:

    Come on. Obviously the bottom one is metric.

  25. Ringl says:

    @The Count of Monte Fisto: It’s common to create customer groups with pricing based on what type of customer someone is. But really that’s based on what that person buys and how often. Not so much language.

    The guy who walks in off the street is going to pay more than the contractor who buys weekly (or daily).

    It looks like two people wrote the two different numbers, but I’m having a hard time imagining the guy who finishes the first number and then gets someone to cover for him while he goes on break.

  26. MykalBloom says:

    @jessemoya: @Git Em SteveDave has a new Lego set: What? Peso to dollar is about 9:1.

  27. papadahpolis says:

    @forgottenpassword: I love how you show your ignorance by stereotyping a whole group of people…

  28. differcult says:

    the rest of the world does this. Why cant we?

    I was in france two weeks ago and was asked to leave a small cafe because I didn’t speak french (my fiance does). wasn’t being loud…annoying or anything.

    I guess thats what we get for saving them twice.

  29. AgentTuttle says:

    What I want to know is: Why is it that the only thing I need at Home Depot is on the isle closed for the fork life? It happens every time.

  30. jessemoya says:

    @differcult: You realize that we’d still be saying “colour” and “flavour” if it weren’t for the French? It having just been the 4th of July and all, maybe some Revolutionary War review would be fun? I know not everyone enjoys it, but once a year it’s pretty fascinating stuff.

  31. sickofthis says:

    The newest Home Depot near my home has a sign out front that says

    Gran Apertura

    I don’t know Spanish, but doesn’t that say “big hole”?

  32. @forgottenpassword:
    Yes, because as we all know, all Hispanics are illegal. [/stupidity]

    Back to the topic on hand, it looks like a simple mistake. Sure glad I speak both languages, so I can take advantage of price savings in both languages! Just gotta learn Chinese know so I’ll be covered in 99% of the places I go to here in SoCal.

  33. DrGirlfriend says:

    @tmccartney: Apertura is more like opening, not hole.

    But still, “big hole” (insert beavis and Butthead laugh here)

  34. mac-phisto says:

    OBVIOUSLY, this is a result of additional money saved by american-speaking individuals that decide to pick up:

    Home Depot Official Contractors’ English-Spanish Translator & Guide to Speaking to Your Subs (5th ed.)

    MSRP $49.95, FREE (with mail-in-rebate) for registered contractors

    a spanish version of that wouldn’t make much sense now, would it?

  35. lingum says:


    Three times.


  36. Oh come on, has anybody here never made a mistake?

  37. milw123 says:

    I’m going to spell this phoneticly, because I hear it all the time but never seen it written down and I think it applys here: “Bienchie wahvon gringos! Maricon!” The phrase means “You are a swell white guy,” right? Right?

  38. dj-anakin says:

    I’ll never understand this whole thing. I’d never move to a place that speaks a different languaget without learning the damn language. Living in Southern California sucks most of the time! Luckily, I live in a small town.

  39. vinhpoo says:

    @ lingum:

    just twice. the french left vietnam after the 1954 geneva accords, before the involvement of the united states.

  40. sspeedracer says:

    @Stormslanding: Nah, the eight was written as a figure eight. Didn’t show up in the picture. I just though the sign was amusing and knew that others would put some spin on the implications.

  41. Why are there two blanks (in different handwriting, no less) for one sign? Clearly the intent is to allow discriminatory savings disclosures.

  42. @dj-anakin: I’ll forgive you for your woefully off-topic rant long enough to ask why you’d have considered forgoing your So Cal existence for the chance at a more profitable life in a foreign land.

    Obviously, if you were considering leaving your small town to risk your life breaking into a country where you didn’t speak the language, had little chance of getting a work permit, but plenty of employers would welcome your inexpensive, undocumented labor with open arms, there’d have to be some incentive for you.

    In other words, of course you wouldn’t. But if you were someone else, born into a different life in a different place, then you might. You’d be a different person, though, so who knows what you’d do?

  43. mr mike says:

    Spanish numerals obviously have a different exchange rate.

  44. asphix20 says:

    It’s fairly obvious the number was writen with dry-erase markers.

    With that bit of factual information its actually quite simple to deduce that some random person walked up and erased half of the “8” for the bottom figure… as is about the only thing a customer could do unless they are in the habbit of carrying around various colors of dry-erase markers in their back pocket.

    Not sure why.. no… HOW that revelation could not pass anyone but the semi-to-full-blown jerry springer level public… or maybe I don’t give myself enough credit?

  45. asphix20 says:

    @nforcer: see my above post.. not even an error.. I’d place my bet on a self-proclaimed witty customer.

  46. dragon:ONE says:

    @DrGirlfriend: *COUGH*goatse*COUGH*

  47. differcult says:

    @jessemoya: Ahhh, has nothing to do with the same French…completely different political scheme and set of values now. While the French helped us over 200 years ago, it was more for their ambition to destroy the British then to help America out.

    America really never had a need to enter the European theater and if those arguments don’t work….the score is 2-1

  48. nikalseyn says:

    Well, if Home Depot had any sense at all, anyone who does not speak English should pay at least double. If they don’t like it, then get the hell our of my country!!

  49. Dominikanfrank says:

    ummm… isn’t this from July 9, 2008?

  50. Dominikanfrank says:

    @nikalseyn: ahhh ignorance, in America since 1492 and still going strong…