The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

12 March 2003

From the How Dare You files

Huntington, West Virginia. The city council is discussing the ongoing practice of cannibalizing old vehicles for parts. Council chair Cal Kent comes up with the following quip:

Somebody said to me that the Mexicans now send their mechanics up here to find out how to salvage the parts. They’re so good at keeping the vehicles running.

A reference to Mexican ingenuity? A tribute to the Huntington motor pool? Tom McCallister, another member of the council, decided it was an ethnic slur, and called for Kent's ouster; Kent subsequently apologized.

(Via Tongue Tied)

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