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English-only custard shop owner cancels meeting with Latinos

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Published: May. 20, 2016 at 2:46 PM CDT
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee custard shop owner with an English-only ordering policy has called off a meeting with a Latino rights group.

Ron Schneider of Leon's Frozen Custard was to meet Friday with the League of United Latin American Citizens. But the group says Schneider needed more time to meet with his attorney.

The policy became public Tuesday after a Spanish-speaking customer was told by a Spanish-speaking employee that she was only allowed to take his order in English.

Schneider said at the time that he didn't want to encourage non-English orders because it could become "a problem down the road," adding that "we can't be the United Nations."

But Leon told WTMJ-TV on Thursday he has now decided his bilingual employees can help customers in whatever language they both speak.

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