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The tempest in a teapot that continues to brew over the Schenectady-based Wandering Dago food truck poses a true social conundrum. Right game, wrong name: NYRA boots ‘Dago’ truck Wandering Dago owners ousted from race course don’t see term as insult Food truck owners conduct poll on use of ‘dago’ in name Wandering Dago's own poll: 62% say food truck shouldn't change name Obviously, in a country where people are free to express themselves however ...


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albright1
August 1, 2013
8:24 a.m.

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It is not illegal to be offensive in America (yet). If you think the Wandering Dago owners should change the name because it is offensive, you should have fired Carl Strock long before he retired on the same reasoning.

wmarincic
August 1, 2013
11:55 a.m.

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If you are offended by the name then don't buy the product. They have a right to choose their business name, you have a right to not support them financially. Free speech is just that and too many people are making decisions based on their own feelings not the law. I believe it was an illegal move to make them leave the Saratoga track and I hope they sue.

robbump
August 5, 2013
2:21 p.m.

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Yikes! I've railed against the two writers above so many times, and today I agree with both of them 100%
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And no one will find any complaint from me if they create the "Kraut Cab" or the "Mick Mobile" to sell food .... so there goes the validity of the writer's statement of "People who don’t find ....".
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BTW, the writer states " Saratoga Race Course — a state-owned facility — had a right to banish them.." which is something I guess we'll have to wait to find out. I think it will be determined that it does not.
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In the meantime, here's a product to get indignant about: RADAR DETECTORS.

reader1
August 7, 2013
10:31 a.m.

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It's a state run facility, people complained, so they took action.

There are generally restrictions re: vendors. The owners had a right to use that name, NYRA has the authority to grant permits to vendors. They chose to revoke this one based on citizens' complaints.

Form a marketing stand point, it seems a little curious to me as to why a vendor would choose a name they know or should know would be found offensive by some.

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