this idiot is bothered by the sight of tattoos...

@Cutie18f (9564)
Philippines
March 15, 2013 7:57pm CST
I know someone who just finished culinary school and is now doing his on-the-job (ojt) at a supposedly international hotel. His training in this hotel is good for two months and he only has 15 more days to go before his hotel training ends. However yesterday he voiced out some concern about the child of the hotel owner who asked him to wear long sleeves culinary uniform because he or is bothered by the sight of the tattoos on his arms. My friend has a few tattoos on his the lower part of his left arm. He got them a few years back because he just wanted to have them because you know, it's the fad, etc. This friend of mine was never late nor absent in his ojt and in fact, he works diligently and efficiently but when the son of the hotel owner told him to wear long sleeves in order to cover the tattoos in his arm, he became concerned. Why? The tattoos did not interfere with what he was doing and based on medical records which they had to secure to qualify for ojt, he is clean and is illness-free, so why this discriminating remark? We all advised him to ask for a written instruction or memo to that effect for proof. What do you think of this?
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@wolfie34 (26820)
• United Kingdom
20 Mar 13
I guess it depends on the policy of the hotel, some hotels, restaurants and tourist industries do not want their staff showing tattoos, some even prohibit men wearing earrings. Mind you I am biased, I don't like tattoos. It looks bad on them, as they are representing the company, but I can understand the frustration that he is a hard worker and all that, is it really discriminating to tell someone to hide their tattoos?
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
20 Mar 13
It is because some people just want to show their individuality through this art. I see nothing wrong with it. It's not like they have killed people. Look at the mass murderers, they don't have tattoos but they are killers.
@wolfie34 (26820)
• United Kingdom
20 Mar 13
I agree with what you are saying about their individuality, but playing devils advocate here I can see the other side of it, the company may be worried about the reactions and response from their guests at seeing someone with all those tattooes, again they may have a policy and a contract which this person had to sign. I wear ear-rings, yet at one of the places I worked, I was forbidden to wear ear-rings, I signed the contract, so I was breaking the terms and conditions if I wore earrings. If I went into a hotel and saw a guy with all tattooes over his arms and body that would actually PUT ME off! Sorry but that's my personal stance on tattooes, and I can understand why this guy was told to cover up! It's not discriminatory to tell someone to hide their tattooes.
@julyteen (13261)
• Davao, Philippines
16 Mar 13
That is one reason I didn't put any mark on my body. I am working in a 5 star hotel abroad. It will destruct the guest if you have a tattoo mark in any part of your body. It is a misconception already that people who has a mark are member of any gang or what so ever. Having a special mark, although it is considered as an art, employer won't allow their employees to have on it. Unless your tattoo is invisible when wearing your clothes
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
17 Mar 13
That is very traditional thinking and very discriminating. Of course anyone hired in that company or hotel would be one who passed screenings, interviews and background checks. We can't use the eyes only to judge others.
@julyteen (13261)
• Davao, Philippines
17 Mar 13
They will be catch during the medical. Even they are hiding their tattoos inside, they should reveal it with the doctors who undergo physical examination. It's not a discrimination, it only give warnings those people who are planning to put mark on their body. Many times I was convince but I didn't agree. I know, I have alot's of dreams to reach and I learn from my previous friends that having a tattoo can interfere to reach my goal
@squallming (1777)
• Malaysia
19 Mar 13
I must say that tattoo started out with very negative image in the earlier years. That time, at least in some countries, only the triads would go for tattoo to show that they are men and to frightens the opponent and common people. Because of that, it forms a kind of perception that people with tattoo is not good people. Recent years, tattoo is becoming more acceptable by the general public. As long as it is not too over. Some of my friends do have small tattoo on their shoulder, back, lower abdomen and so on. Young people don't comment on it so much, but some older generation like my aunt questions about why they go for tattoo. In my opinion, going for a tattoo is fine. Just make sure that it is not too over and it is done by the professionals to avoid health risk.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
19 Mar 13
You're so right, Squall.
@hereandthere (27750)
• Philippines
19 Mar 13
maybe his duties before was not frontline, like in the kitchen, so this was overlooked. maybe this is the first time the son of the hotel owner saw him and he believes that all staff should be presentable. is he the only person being asked to cover up? if everyone else doing the same job is covered up, why does he want to be the exception? is he doing something so exceptional that he deserves to be exempted from uniforms? if he really wants to finish this and this is the key to find better jobs elsewhere, then what's so hard about following this "new order" from the owner of the hotel for the last 15 days of his training? in the working world, you will encounter different kinds of rules and personalities, so start adjusting to them now until you have your own business and work for yourself.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
19 Mar 13
He's an intern and interns are supposed to wear the short sleeves. The owner's child actually told him to wear long sleeves because he is bothered by his tattoos in the arms. Now that's a whim from the owner's child. He is ending his internship next week and he'd been there for almost two months already.
@KrauseHome (34678)
• United States
19 Mar 13
Personally, there are jobs out there that prohibit this type of thing for a long time. Maybe they are considering hiring him permanently is why they are bringing it up, and personally I wold think that is a small thing in reality. Personally, I would not let it bother him and just obey and hope for the best.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
19 Mar 13
He actually just went to his duty wearing the short sleeves because he hadn't received any written instruction to that effect.