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    Lost a job because of my Tattoo's

    My partner and i went to look at a job today to install a whole new heating and cooling system. The town it is located in is known for its wealth. And needless to say the home owners have more money than they now what to do with. So probley like most of you guys we take pride in our appearence we have nice polo shirts with our company logo on them we are always clean our van is always clean and we are very respectible to every customer we talk to and most of the time once they get to know us they have nothing but good things to say about us..Most of our work we get are recomendations from other customers. And today after we looked at the whole house and took some measurments the home owner says "Well thanks for taking your time but we rather not do buiness with people like you. you both look like your hoodlomes with all those tattoos" My partner and i both have Tattoo sleaves. So we lost a nice job because we have tattoos. Just wanted to share with you guys..and was wondering if anyone has ever had this happen to them?

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    Everyone knows tattoos equal prison records...









    Just kidding


    It's all about perception, someone who is closed minded and does not recognize it as body art will act the way they did.

    I personally don't have any but would welcome the right one in the right spot.

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    Our most senior tech is rather scraggly looking with a long beard and usually uncombed hair. We had a lady call the other day asking we send someone more clean cut next time. Funny, he's been going there for years and she just now calls? You don't get them much better than him. I said to the dispatcher, tell her Jesus had long hair and beard too!

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    Tats make lots of people uncomfortable. As you've found out. Not a whole lot you can do about it. The customer is king.

    I'm just guessing, was this Fairfield?

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    I have turned guys down for jobs because of their tattoos, I figure if a guy doesn't have enough sense to put it somewhere that can be easily covered then he isn't too bright.

    What I don't understand is why people that lose jobs because of their tats don't understand why they lost them. Look People/ customers don't want to see that **** , it makes you like a thug, gangster or something, do you think they want that **** in their home or around their employees in a business ?

    Regardless of how you feel about them what matters is how they feel about them, they are not very professional looking and they basically say that you don't care about your body , well if you don't care about your body I don't figure you are going to care much about your work either.

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    OK Mike, quit holding back, tell us how you really feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesands View Post
    I have turned guys down for jobs because of their tattoos, I figure if a guy doesn't have enough sense to put it somewhere that can be easily covered then he isn't too bright.

    What I don't understand is why people that lose jobs because of their tats don't understand why they lost them. Look People/ customers don't want to see that **** , it makes you like a thug, gangster or something, do you think they want that **** in their home or around their employees in a business ?

    Regardless of how you feel about them what matters is how they feel about them, they are not very professional looking and they basically say that you don't care about your body , well if you don't care about your body I don't figure you are going to care much about your work either.
    I agree. Tats do make you look un professional. I know alot of people that have tats, that are hidden by normal clothes. think about it, do you want a tech coming into your home with tats all down his arm and on his hands?

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    Mikesands you are one of those people! and I am gonna say to you what i said to that customer. Us having tattoo's dosnt effect the performance or quality of our work. We both went to school, put in our time and pass the state exam and got licenced to be contractors. Would you tell a doctor they could not operate on you because they had a tattoo. And as far as caring for my body. Our day starts off every morning at the gym we call it our " First Service" We take care of our selves so we can take care of our buisness and our customers. And as far as not being a "bright person" I was top of my class in Tech School and I scored a 95 on the Nocti test. I am now 26 years old and own my own buisness..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesands View Post
    I have turned guys down for jobs because of their tattoos, I figure if a guy doesn't have enough sense to put it somewhere that can be easily covered then he isn't too bright.

    What I don't understand is why people that lose jobs because of their tats don't understand why they lost them. Look People/ customers don't want to see that **** , it makes you like a thug, gangster or something, do you think they want that **** in their home or around their employees in a business ?

    Regardless of how you feel about them what matters is how they feel about them, they are not very professional looking and they basically say that you don't care about your body , well if you don't care about your body I don't figure you are going to care much about your work either.
    Do you hire guys who are 20 to 30lbs overweight or just fitness freaks.

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    We had a rather protracted discussion about tattoos a while back. I think it was down in the jobs forum.

    If you are a smart person, and you see how negatively this aspect of your body can affect your life and your business, and you don't have a tattoo because of some religious or political statement (such as you were in a Nazi concentration camp, for example) then you can be really smart and do the one thing that removes a stumbling block from everyone's perception of you, and you can have them removed.

    For most of my life (an I am an old f*rt) most people who had tattoos were rebellious in nature, and that usually DID get them some jail time along the way. Just a few years ago, I had a niece who did a couple of years for drugs and theft. You guessed it: she is the only relative I have with any kind of ink.

    That's why you were rebuffed. That's what most typical people think about ink. It does not say smart. It does not say reliable or honest, even if you are. It says all the wrong things about you. That is a great liability.

    When you got these things put on, you had a lot of support in doing so from what a sociologist would call a "self-selected group." That means that no one was in your circle of friends who would have talked you out of getting the ink. Now, you are faced with a much larger group pf people that you did not select as friends and peers, and they have an entirely different opinion of this.

    If I have to, I will give my niece money to have the giant, tear-dripping, black, broken-heart tattoo removed from her sternum so she can start moving away from her sordid past, and start living like a normal 28 year old.

    So, if you are involved in a job that requires contact with the general public, I would have all but the smallest, most non-threatening tattoos removed, and quickly. If you want to work as a welder, fine. But if you show up on Mrs. O'Malley doorstep looking like the episode of Miami Ink she saw while trolling the cable channels, then you might want to rethink having something that gives most folks the wrong impression of you.

    Just a suggestion, but I would take it to "heart."
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    I would not hire you and I would not have someone in my house with sleeves working around my wife or family.

    To have tats is your choice it is other people's choice not to have you in their house. Whenever I am in a supply house and see a tech with sleeves or his legs covered with tats the first impression is how unprofessional they look.

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    It should not surprise anyone who has dealt with the public for any considerable amount of time that tattoos are (pardon the pun), tabboo. It sux, but it is what it is. People judge you on your outward appearance. I don't have any tats, but I'm stewing over gettin' this 'un on my back...http://4.bp.********.com/_7_91IQIF4-...the-ripper.gif I was a skater punk in my youth...
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    I guess the type of tattoo would make a difference.
    Are you guys telling me, if somebody has a Marine, Navy,Army, Air Force tattoo, you'd think they were a druggie, or gangster, or think less of them? I wouldn't and don't.
    To each their own , I guess.

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