Woman's Tattoos Land Her on the Chopping Block 30 Minutes Into New Job

It's hard to believe that this is still an issue these days, but apparently it is. A woman was fired a mere 30 minutes after landing a new job -- because she had tattoos. Now I could maybe understand this if she had a swastika inked on her forehead or something, but this these are simple, beautiful pieces of body art.


Claire Shepherd, 27, nailed her phone interview with U.K. shopping logistics company Dee Set and was hired on the spot. However, when the company sent her an email about their dress code, she noticed the bit that stated "all tattoos must be covered up as they are likely to cause [offense]."

She explained that she thought it was an outdated, standard email, but she called just to check. She has tattoos on her hands, and let's face it, it's not practical to wear gloves all day while working. She was wrong -- and the company rescinded their job offer.

Do you find this offensive?

Personally, I think gauge earrings are more upsetting. Earlobes don't grow on trees, people!

It's a whole different world when it comes to tattoos these days. They used to be an indication of being a tough guy, and if you didn't belong to a gang or serve in the military, getting one was considered taboo. But now it's just another way to express ourselves, or immortalize something we want to be reminded of every day.

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Did you know that 29 percent of Brits between the ages of 16 and 44 have tattoos? With those numbers, it's hard to believe that anyone would find visible body art to be offensive.

After Claire's Facebook post about being sacked for her tattoos went viral, the company reached out to re-offer the job. Unfortunately for them she had already moved on and accepted a position with B&M. They hired her for her skill set -- tattoos and all.


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