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Man With Throat Tattoo Can't Get a Job

Man With Throat Tattoo Can't Get a Job
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By Tuesday, 05 December 2017 10:21 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The New York Post has an interesting story concerning alleged job discrimination, only it’s with a twist. Instead of racial discrimination, gender discrimination, political discrimination, or even religious discrimination, this particular instance is said to be an example of taste in artwork discrimination.

Joe Parsons claims to have had approximately 30 job interviews, yet “he has never managed to get a job.”

Parsons says he has experience in retail, hospitality, and call centers, none of which appears to matter to potential employers.

Parsons says he’s noticed a disturbing similarity in the majority of his interviews, “As soon as I sit down they look me in the eyes and then I see their gaze drop down to my neck where they stay for a few seconds. Then they look up again and go on with the interview.”

After that it’s don’t-call-us-we’ll-call-you and Parsons is shown the door.

So what is it that’s so eye-catching about Parsons’ neck? Well, I’d venture a guess that it’s his “six­inch throbbing red heart with turquoise angel wings” tattoo that extends up past his ears. Even Parsons thought it might help if he wore a high-necked shirt, but the wingtips extend way past the collar.

Potential employers looking at the ink extending past his collar may be wondering what’s trying to escape from his top and join the interview.

Parson’s says he got the tattoo in memory of his late grandfather. He doesn’t explain why grandpappy’s shade wouldn’t be just as happy with some ink on his grandson’s shoulder or maybe across his back. Nor did he offer any explanation of why the tattoo needed wings and a heart, unless his dear departed was a flight surgeon.

Parsons assures the world-at-large that, “I’m just a normal person and all I want is a decent job.” But I can see how that message doesn’t get much traction when interviewers are looking at what is essentially a giant flesh billboard that trumpets: Owner Has Poor Impulse Control Combined With a Lack of Common Sense.

For his part Parsons doesn’t regret getting the tattoo and just wishes employers would take him for who he is, which I think is the problem.

In the meantime, I’d suggest Parsons look for potential employers where his tattoo might fit right in: Zoos, aviaries, pet stores, and Somali pirates.

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