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By Protectress - / Tuesday 23 August 2011 06:50 / United States
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That is rude for her to assume you're a drug addict because of tattoos. Some tattooed people I know are the nicest and best workers ever.

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15- What part of, "Sorry, I can't hire a heroin addict." made you presume it turned out ok and OP might have gotten the job?

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Agreed 9. What's the point of working for someone who is so close minded. Associating heroin with a jacket and tattoos is pretty bad. What's wrong with tattoos anyway?

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OP was wearing a jacket to hide their tattoo, the manager couldn't even see it. If OP was wearing an old scruffy jacket and maybe looked unkempt the manager probably assumed the worst (which was completely wrong of them). Point I'm trying to make is that it was jacket = heroin addict, not tattoo.

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43- There's nothing "wrong" with tattoos, but they do look unprofessional if you have big/brightly colored/many of them. If a business wants to maintain a professional appearance, lots of visible tattoos are definitely a no when hiring.

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24, the part where OP went "Haha no no, i was simply covering my tattoos because they are unprofessional, look, no needle marks" Oh well. I can handle -19 thumbs :(

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Very true 88. It is important to maintain a professional appearence (that's why you get tattoos you can cover up), but some people still see somebody with even smaller tattoos and mark them as a "punk" or a "trouble maker". Those are the people I don't understand.

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because calling random people on the internet a dumb ass makes you look so smart in comparison. Seriously, surely all OP had to do was explain why they had a jacket on, and the employer would have had to admit they jumped to conclusions presuming the jacket was the hide needle scars, and perhaps consider OP.

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uhh how and why would she just jump to that conclusion b/c u had a jacket on.... u must have looked pretty f'ed up dude.

That is rude for her to assume you're a drug addict because of tattoos. Some tattooed people I know are the nicest and best workers ever.

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Agreed. I don't have any but I love them. Although some are done poorly or are just plain trashy. But it's still no excuse to discriminate against people that have them. Someone could have the absolute worst tattoo ever but be the best worker and bring in the most money for a company.

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I think the manager thought that the jacket OP was wearing was hiding injection marks from heroin use not because of the tattoos.

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Or she didn't actually mention that the manager saw the tattoos. It was the fact that she was wearing a jacket. She just mentioned to us 'FML I was just covering tattoos.'

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Then again, tattoos aren't solely appearance, they are a choice. Judging people by how they choose to look is rather standard and acceptable.

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Wouldn't covering your body with tattoos be considered an action? Action as defined by the dictionary: The fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim. Or An act that one consciously wills and that may be characterized by physical or mental activity. People have every right to judge someone based on their tattoos. They characterize the person wearing them. You're not born with tattoos... A person chooses to mutilate themselves when getting tattoos.

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140 - It's not "mutilating". Tattoos in many people's eyes are pieces of art. If they're done right, there aren't too many visible ones and they're not vulgar or distracting in any way, what's the problem? Seriously, it's just coloured skin - natural or not. Tattoos do NOT portray any signs of deviance or unprofessionalism in my eyes... I'd hire someone with tasteful tattoos provided they met the qualifications and communicated with customers properly and professionally. I used to work

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161 - Majority of your body covered, yes. I can see that. An excessive amount of anything is off-putting and in some cases, kind of gross. We're not back in the '80s where everyone was getting a tattoo to be different, by the way. People are doing it now because they want to express themselves or, in the case of stupid-looking tattoos, because they're idiots and think it looks "so sick, yo". That's your father. That's not ALL businesses. Not all professional businesses operate the sa

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182 - True. When I think of the word mutilating, I think self-harm, scarification or circumcision (to some people). But that's for another time...

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161- don't be such a dick to people with tatoos its a self choice. and puting then in ovious places the peope know they will get juged by people like you. it is being an individual and makeing choices that you want and excepting others belefes on it but there is no need to be so unkind

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215-I am a NANNY and i love tattoos and plan on having some at some point (as in, the near future). The mother knows that and is still fine with me taking care of her kids all day, because I'm GOOD at it. People (like you) who judge people based on their style choices ruin a lot of perfectly good environments. I'd also like to point out that both my parent have tattoos and I think they did a damn fine job raising me. My mother is a vice principal, too. And you fail. That is all :)

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