I wrote a short piece a few days ago about my experience at a local restaurant drive-through and the nose-piercing that greeted me there. Well, I didn’t get moving fast enough this morning to make breakfast at home, so I found myself in the same drive-through again. Luckily, this time the line was short and so was the wait.
No piercings at the window! But wait…. instead of piercings, this girl had tattoos. Now, I’m not against tattoos on principle. I think a tasteful tattoo in a discreet is okay. A small flower, heart or butterfly on a girl’s ankle or shoulder can be kinda cute. However, this girl was sporting a ring of letters around her left wrist, in a band about an inch wide. I’m not sure what it said, and I really didn’t care. She also had something on her right inside forearm. I’m assuming if she had two out in the open she probably had others.
The first thought that popped into my head was, “Good luck working for minimum wage the rest of your life.” She could smart and a hard worker, but if she goes into an interview with a tattooed wristband of words, she’s going to get put at the bottom of the pile. Is that fair? Maybe not, but the reality is that people for the most part do not react well to things like piercings and tattoos. Employees are the face of of a business, and no business owner is going to hire someone to represent their company if they think that will tarnish their image.
A few days ago I was in Walmart and saw a young woman with a bunch of blue stars, around 6 or 7 about 1/2 inch tall each, tattooed to her temple just behind her left eye. I’m sure she’s destined for greatness.