Pesos for Pizza

Pizza Patron, a Texas-based chain of pizzerias, is allowing its customers to buy the cheesy treat with pesos, as well as dollars.

For a limited time, Pizza Patron's 59 Latino-geared locations will accept the currency, as a way to attract customers who may have the money left over from Mexico. READ MORE

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Here's what FOX fans are saying:

"How is this any different from NYS establishments accepting Canadian currency at a fixed conversion rate, or Canadian stores accepting American currency? It is done all the time in border areas. This is much ado about nothing." — Susan

"It is strictly a business decision. There are businesses in the U.S. that accept Canadian currency, and there are places throughout the world that accept U.S. currency, so why not? If it brings more Mexican currency to the US. to help reduce the deficit, then I am all for it." — Jim (New York)

"They should only accept pesos if they charge an extra 50% ... maybe we could get back some of the money we are losing to Mexico that way!" — Olivia (Baton Rouge, LA)

"Forget it. This is AMERICA for goodness sake" — Myrna

"It is none of my business. Why should I be able to tell someone how to run their business? I do not want them to be able to tell me how to run mine!" — JHF

"We have one national currency and one national language, it must stay that way! If some of these people don't like it, they can go back to wherever they came from." — Larry

"When the United States made Hawaii a state, they weren't even allowed to teach the Hawaiian language in their own schools, until years later. Now we're letting in illegal immigrants, speaking Spanish, and taking foreign currency? Whats going on?" — Evan (Pittsburgh, PA)

"Absolutely not. Every U.S. resident — citizen or not — should be required to assimilate into our culture and our system. At a minimum that means using U.S. currency, obeying all of our laws, and SPEAKING ENGLISH." — William (Atlanta GA)

"I used to visit Canada regularly many years ago, and they had no problem taking American dollars; the exchange rates were posted at most stores near the border, and at many in Toronto. I've also used American currency in other countries. If the pizza stores are willing to deal with exchanging Mexican money at their bank, I think it's good customer service. I just wonder if they have two cash registers, one for each type of currency." — Paul (Baltimore, MD)

"I think in light of the recent border problems, that this is a slap in the face to America, and that its only a political stunt rather than a true motive." — Suzy

"Who cares? Border cities like Tijuana and Nogales take U.S. dollars, why shouldn't we take Mexican currency? There are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of American businesses on the border, that practice this already. Have you ever been to San Ysidro? Don't we have more important things to think about, than pizza?" — JK

"I've got some pounds left over from a trip to England. Do you think they'll take those? No, of course not. Their acceptance of pesos is not to make it easier for people to dispose of their leftover currency, because they'd take Yen, Pounds, and Euros if it were truly a means of convenience. I wouldn't be surprised if the establishment hires workers from Mexico, and pays them in the pesos they collect from pizza sales. Not to mention that the IRS can't tax pesos (but I wouldn't be surprised if the IRS found a way to do that). I believe their intent is making a political statement meant to encourage the flow of Mexican immigrants across the border. It's part of a greater movement to exploit our system and use it against us to reassimilate Texas into Mexico, without the use of force." — Sue (Austin, TX)

"I live in Oregon, and I travel to Canada on business on a regular basis. I patronize stores that will take my Canadian money when I come back to the states. This is no different. It should be up to the business and government should stay out of it." — John

"I do not believe foreign currency should be accepted. From a consumer standpoint, I am certain that in one form or another, the cost of exchange will be passed on to the cosumer. It is also a bad precedent." — Bill (Columbia, TN)

"Absolutely not. Catering to persons that are here illegally sends the wrong message. Our politicians that took an oath to uphold the laws of this country along with law enforcement officials that do not enforce our laws should severely punished or at least be made to pay back the money that non-enforcement of the laws has cost us so far. Illegal immigrants should be sent back to their counties of origin and should be made to pay the expenses. They then should be welcomed back only after they qualify and wait in line like the rest of the people trying to come here legally. Bottom line is you do not reward bad behavior." — Pat

"As a 60-yar-ld retired military man of both the active Air Force and Army National Guard, I've traveled extensively. While I don't like the illegal alien situation and I think English should be our primary language, I feel that accepting Peso's is no big deal. I've seen our dollars used and welcomed in many places during my travels. So to me, a 'non issue.' " — Joe (Michigan)

"The restaurant is a privately owned business. If they decide to accept the peso, the euro, the dollar, or any other type of currency, they can make the corporate decision to do so. " — Wince (Clermont, FL)

"I think it's totally up to a business to decide how they want to be paid, whether in dollars, pesos or baskets of apples. In Western New York. Tthere are many businesses that accept Canadian dollars." — Larry

"Why not? Most places accept our currency around the world, including almost every place in Mexico. Does it really matter?" — David

"Absolutely not! We should not be accepting pesos for payment in this country. That is not our currency! The line needs to be drawn somewhere and frankly, it should have been drawn way before this." — Lisa

"They shouldn't accept foreign currency here in the U.S., but if they do it's their loss. They can accept yen, seashells or road apples if they want. What's a Mexican doing in Texas with pesos anyway? Most Mexicans in northern Mexico use U.S. dollars." — Richard

"Other countries/kingdoms take foreign currency, Including the U.S. dollar, thank goodness. Why would we not take it?" — Larry

"Yes, pesos for pizza is a fine idea. I can spend my U.S. dollars in Canada and Mexico, and this facilitates my spending in these countries. With this innovation, the flow of money out of the United States is reversed. If the pizza shop owner wants to accept pesos or chickens for his product, it is his prerogative. However, I suggest he should not bank either. Keep free enterprise free." — Joan

"NO! When we travel to other countries we have to use the Euro, or their country-specific currency. America must start being strong; this comes with national pride. The way we are headed, we will become a suburb of Mexico." — Jim

"It's a privately-owned business. Let them accept whatever currency they want to. I'm curious why this is even an issue?" — Michael (Montgomery, AL)

"Isn't it bad enough that we have to press 1 for English?" — Lawanna

"No, the Texas-based chain of pizzerias should not be allowed to accept pesos for their products. They can move their business to Mexico!" — Connie

"I just returned from Mexico, and most places take U.S. Dollars." — Jim (Brunswick, GA)

"No, do not accept foreign currency. This is America, which should be English-speaking, and only have one currency." — Carol

"Some people who respond are going to be outraged by this, but that's just stupid. It's currency. I've traveled around the world and have been in many countries that accept different foreign currency. I'm against illegal immigration, but accepting foreign currency does not promote illegal immigration. It's just another form of money. Those who are outraged by this, just slow down, take a deep breath and think. The first thought that pops into your head isn't always the one to go with!" — Pam

"This is just another step in the agenda the Hispanic community and Mexico have in store for the United States. Americans need to wake up before it is too late. This country will be taken over without a shot ever fired." — Kirk (Fort Worth, TX)

"Why not? Many places near the border in Canada accept American currency, although with a negative exchange rate. I believe Mexico accepts our dollars as well, at least at towns along the border. People shouldn't confuse legal tender with illegal immigrants. " — Steve (Tennessee)

"We already have to learn a new language, because all of the illegal aliens that are here. Now, we are accepting their money, What is this? The United States of America or the United States of Mexico? I guarantee you, if we Americans tried to go down there illegally, we would be imprisoned. Certainly our children wouldn't speak English — they would have to learn Spanish. We cater to everyone so we don't offend, well it's time we started acting like Americans and expect them to change to our ways instead of us to theirs. Go to any foreign country, you do it their way, not yours." — Jodie

"This is a matter for the business owner to decide. Businesses can accept any foreign currency they like, at whatever exchange rate the business is willing to pay. Its up to the customers to decide if they like the exchange rate or not. It's simply a business policy determined by the owner." — Mike (Galion, OH)

"This peso Pizza situation could spread across the country, especially along the southern border with Mexico. This could be real BIG since there is a lot of money to be made. It would certainly be a great opportunity to launder illegally obtained Mexican dollars in the United States. The U.S. treasury needs to take action quickly on this." — Merle

"They should accept pesos only if they accept all foreign currency" — Charles

"I think that's horrific. This is America not Mexico." — Terri (Scottsdale, AZ)

"Are they in the pizza business or currency exchange business? While they accept Pesos, I'll go to the bank for a pizza." — Whitney

"Absolutely NOT! This is the United States of America and we want it to remain that way. In NO WAY, shape or form should this be acceptable!" — Peggy-Ann (Atlanta, GA)

"No, they should convert their cash at an appropriate bank, with appropriate ID, then go back and buy their pizza with greenbacks!" — Stan

"I definitely do not think that any American company should accept foreign currency." — Joann

"If we are going to do that , then we should accept all foreign currency." — Elaine

"It's not unusual for foreign countries to accept American dollars from tourists as a courtesy. From that standpoint, I don't have a problem with it. But I think it may be technically illegal to accept Pesos, because they are not legal currency in the US. Let's face it though, there probably aren't that many pesos headed north compared with dollars headed south." — John (Eldsburg, MD)

"To be honest, I think this is much ado about nothing. Before the Euro became the main currency in Europe, it wasn't that unusual to see businesses in Germany accept Francs, and businesses in France or Belgium accept Marks. However, I think that this is probably just a public relations ploy, because we all know the peso is not nearly as strong as the dollar; therefore it would take about 200 pesos to get a whole pizza (extra large w/everything.) What happens if someone wants to pay for half of their purchase in pesos, and half in dollars? Do clerks at the Pizza Patron have the mental acumen to stand there and do the exchange rate, or is there a machine that will do that for them? I don't think this will be something that is done a whole lot because there's just not enough of these instances to go around." — Rhonda (Houston, TX)

"I firmly believe that the owner of any business may, as they desire, institute any policy that they believe will provide them with the type of business that they desire. If that includes accepting pesos, or liras, or krugerands, then it's completely up to them." — Bob

"Why not? When I travel overseas, my American dollars are accepted practically everywhere I go. Canada, Mexico, Belize, Israel, Jordan, Egypt — all of them take American dollars at almost any business establishment. Why should this be any different?" — Dr. Alan

"Unbelievable! Yet more pandering to the illegal immigrants in our country. What's next, move the border 200 miles north?" — Brian