Controversy has stirred over a sign at the Vehicle Registration Office in Prague, which demands that foreigners speak Czech.
Criticism and contention encompassed Prague City Hall after employees put up a sign demanding that clients speak in Czech, or else come with a translator. The sign reads “You are in Czech office, so you have to be able to speak Czech. Or you have to come with a
The sign reads “You are in Czech office, so you have to be able to speak Czech. Or you have to come with a translater [sic]. It is written in our law č. 500/2004 sb. §16.”
It was placed there without the consent of the managerial staff.
As well as the spelling and grammatical areas, they were also wrong about the law. The law they referenced does not state that anyone has to speak in the Czech language at the office, or that they have to bring a translator. Instead, the law states that official documents must be submitted in the Czech language. You can read the exact wording of the law here.
The sign was unofficial and evidently does not come with the support of Prague City Hall. While they cannot fire the employees responsible for the sign, they have requested that the employees quit. Josef Migalik, the head of the transport and administration department, said that he believed this was an embarrassment, according to the same article.
The sign was put up because the employees were apparently tired of people expecting them to speak English.