Reader: If you pollute your body with piercings and tattoos, expect low-paying service jobs

Categories: Cafe Society

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While it sometimes seems that hip new restaurants require that employees have cool tattoos and piercings, other spots have strict policies against piercing, tattoos and other body ornamentation. Jenn Wohletz went after such prudey-pants policies last week, in her list of five reasons restaurant employees should be allowed to have tattoos and piercings.

But some readers pierced holes in her arguments.

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Says WillieStortz:

I like to go to restaurants where the staff has a lot of piercings and tattoos because it's a great way to teach my kids a lesson.

I make it clear to them that if they pollute their body with piercings and tattoos, then low-paying service industry jobs will be the only opportunity available to them in life.

I plan on taking my 13-year-old to Old Major for his birthday so he knows where he will end up if doesn't shave or exercise.

Do you care if your server at Old Major -- or any other restaurant -- has tattoos and/or piercings. Post your thoughts below, or join the conversation on pierced/tattooed servers already under way here.

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It's a shame that ignorant comments like this are encouraged and even rewarded by being selected as the "comment of the day".  The only lesson that Willie is teaching his children is that intolerance is acceptable.  

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I have quite a few tatts (very visible) and a piercing (very not visible), and I am employed as a professional in a conservative industry where I make decent money. I went through a layoff a bit over three years ago and was employed again as director of marketing for a manufacturer based in LA (same conservative industry). Two months after that hire, my previous employer was offering me a small raise to come back-- an offer I rejected. A little over a year after that, I was made an even better offer with a raise of nearly 25% over the salary I was receiving when I was originally laid off. 

When I hire, I don't look for tattoos or piercings; I look for competence, intelligence, and a good fit with our corporate culture. Luckily for me, I've had opportunities with companies that were willing to accept that my talents and insights came with a side of ink and irreverence.

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