Beaners Coffee To Change Name

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The Toledo Blade reported today that Beaner's Coffee will effectively change their name to Biggby Coffee by Jan.31.

The article says, "The original name is likened to "bean-eater" by some, and is considered disparaging to Mexicans and other Hispanics."

Isn't this politically correct move going a little to far? Hell, I kind of have an Archie Bunker type view of the world and I never even picked up on this one...and I'm a regular customer!

Has anyone in Toledo ever thought this about the name of the coffee house? Has anyone took a sip of their piping hot coffee from Beaner's and thought, "Man those Mexicans make good coffee?"

The owner of Beaner's needs to get a spine...and those offended need to lighten up. I suppose fat people will be offended by their new name Biggby.

Fat man says, "Why y'all gotsta use two g's?"

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I'm probably at the other end of the scale from you. I've been called a bleeding-heart liberal. I never associated the name with any ethnic group. I thought the name was because they used coffee beans. Even I think this is over doing it.

Guess I'm in the same boat as you guys...it never even crossed my mind to associate the coffee house name with Mexicans in any way either. To me, "Beaners" = coffee beans.

Beaners coffee houses have been around for ages too - there was one in East Lansing when I attended Michigan State over a decade ago. Interesting that it took well over a decade for the name to become a potential issue.

(Then again, I had never even heard of the term "beaner" used to refer to Mexicans until fairly recently...either a Carlos Mencia or George Lopez comedy bit, can't remember which.)

Isn't Biggby Coffee going to be offensive to Big (aka "fat") people?

Ridiculous things like this are seemingly becoming the norm.

the same thing about fat people being offended by the new name. Maybe they should just call it Coffee House. Of course, then people who don't own a home will be offended.

I guess they should just call it Coffee...

...I just hope tea doesn't hear about this.

I found this post on another blog and thought it fitting for this discussion.

PC STUPIDITY

January 25, 2006
What

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth. ~Japanese Proverb

Washington REDSKINS
Cleveland BROWNS
Pittsburg PIRATES
Kanas City CHIEFS
Florida State SEMINOLES

Burger KING
HOOTERS
the WHITE house, WHITE Castle, WHITE tower

...and a thousand more

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth. ~Japanese Proverb

Toledo should change all of the cross walk signals as well. I find it entirely unacceptable that the "walk" signal is always a white person. These signals should inclusive of all ethinicities, races, and creeds. A change to a neutral color like green or purple should be undertaken as soon as funds become available.

I guess I have to quit eating my favorite chili too. It has black negro beans and crackers.

Who giggled when they saw the name Beaners, thinking that the owners are going to be pissed when they realize that their coffee shop shares its name with a racial slur. It's not as deliberate as other restaurants from the past, but I find it hard to believe that no one in the company knew the name had an alternate meaning. It never occured to run their proposed name through Google? They could have saved a lot of money on signage...

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"When I say your dumb name, please stand up briefly, but then quickly drop to your knees and forsake all others before me." -Ignignokt

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

I would not of thought the name beaners would've been offensive to Mexicans,but they still have great coffee.

rescue me

...article and raises vey good points.

what's that phrase? "When you control the language..."

That is an awesome essay and I hope the writer recieved top marks for it.
The points are well made and beautifully written.
It leaves me curious about that five year old left in his underware at school though. If I was his parent I would certainly be making the lives of some school administrators a hell on earth.

growing up in Sylvania in the 60's and attending Maplewood Elementary School. During 3rd grade recess one winter day a snowball fight ensued (which we would probably be suspended for in todays society) and my cloths became thoroughly soaked. Our teacher made me disrobe down to my underware and wear one of the girls in class long coat while my cloth dried out by being placed on the radiators.

After telling my parents of this ordeal it was explained to me that next time I should be more careful not to get so wet. No big deals, lawsuits, parent/teachers conference ever developed. Back then it was treated as a life experience. You learn from it and move on.

Although, being that I can remember it in such detail after after all these years maybe I do have some pyschological scarring because of it. LOL...Naw, no more then being shot in the ass with a load of mud packed in my air rifle!

Thinking back...is it any wonder anyone over the age of 30 ever survived childhood? No knee pads or helmets when riding your bike, riding on Moms lap in the front seat or in an open bed pickup, no warning lables that everything you eat can kill you, we used wood bats when playing baseball and could pitch an entire 7 innings, no skateboard parks with EMTs on ground; just grab onto the back bumper of a car going down the street and x-rays were for broken bones, not Halloween candies.

But I degress

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth. ~Japanese Proverb

You left out the people that can't physically walk across the street.

Uh...Google didn't exist when they opened. Hell, the Internet as we know it didn't exist back then...the chain has been operating for over a decade.

I lived in East Lansing, MI in the mid-90s and used to go to the Beaners there all the time.

Interesting that the social climate has changed so much in the past decade that all of a sudden it became an issue.

Screw Beaners.

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BRING THE TROOPS HOME-NOW!

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You are so right - if my 5 year old had to sit in his underwear in school all day, there would be hell to pay.

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