The battle over President Trump’s immigration policy has inflamed passions across the country, but Twitter and Facebook aren’t the only places to protest anymore.
In San Francisco, America’s tech capital and an epicenter of foodie culture, there’s a new way to protest: restaurant checks.
Well, at least one activist deli in the city so far is embracing the tactic.
I witnessed the new form of protest on a recent Sunday, while fetching some bagels and lox. The location of the incident: Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen, one of the few good Jewish delis in San Francisco — even if it offers more of a West Coast twist on deli classics, rather than fulfill the promise of an authentic eatery with East Coast bona fides.
While paying my bill, I noticed a pithy, strategically placed message directly under the signature line:
“We are all Immigrants,” it read.
It’s possible that this is a reference to a pervasive internet image: Back in 2015, a viral photo showed a restaurant check with “Tip for U.S. Citizens Only” written in lieu of a gratuity for the server. While even the fact-checkers at Snopes have never been able to confirm that the incident in question ever happened, the picture still resurfaces periodically on social media.
So, perhaps, Wise Sons is offering its own take on that meme. And given that bagels became a classic American breakfast item thanks to the Jewish immigrants who brought them from Poland, the message on the invoice struck a pretty persuasive chord.