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OVERHEARD AT THE POLLS: ‘Look, Another Spic!’

Phawker reader Camille Escobedo wrote to tell us about an unpleasant experience she just had when she went to vote. About an hour ago, she says, she walked into her polling place in the All State Insurance officespicspan.jpg at 1716 East Passyunk Avenue [Ward 39/Div. 45] and gave her name to the poll worker when asked. Hearing this, one of the other poll workers sitting behind the counter blurted out “Look, another spic!” Ms. Escobedo says she tried to defuse the situation by making a joke about it. “I told him we prefer to be called ‘Beaners’,” she says. “And then he was like, ‘No, it’s OK, I’m a spic too!'” That’s one word for it. Escobedo says she filed a complaint with the Committee of 70 who sent a representative down to the polling place to investigate. Committee of 70 president Zachary Stahlberg says that barring the aforementioned alleged unpleasantness, there were few irregularities and nothing unusual reported today. “Elections in Philly are never perfect,” Stahlberg told Phawker, “and as long as there are real people on both ends of this thing, there will be problems. But the biggest problem today was low turnout. I would be surprised if today’s turnout rises above 20% in the city.”

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2 Responses to “OVERHEARD AT THE POLLS: ‘Look, Another Spic!’”

  1. Mark Says:

    A similar story from my girlfriend which was quickly diffused:

    …I’m in voting this morning, in the booth, and a guy comes in. I
    can’t see him, being in the booth, but he’s talking, and he says…

    “I hope (candidate name) gets voted out. That goddamn, fat, ugly…N*GGER.”

    The ladies working were just like “uh…you can get thrown out for
    that. You have to leave.”

    Not as bad as a poll worker, but man. I thought we were past that.

  2. Vixykit Says:

    well, unfortch i hear that stuff on the street all the time (at least i do, and i’m sure it’s not just so philly but we do have a bit of a reputation goin here), but in a polling place it is totally unacceptable, glad the committee of 70 was notified. can we call them when our next door neighbor makes a racial slur? wouldn’t it be cool if you could call it in, and there was a task force that would show up in uniforms and explain to people why saying things like that is counterproductive? i guess there wouldn’t be enough hours in the day…..
    good for you mz esposito.
    -vaLry

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