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Small businesses robbing youth of individuality?

Posted by yunahalo on February 26, 2007

Why yes, yes they are!

How?: It seems in my small town, in order to get a job, you have to look like a clone of the perfect, American child. You WILL NOT get hired if (a) your hair is dyed, or cut in an odd way, (b) you have any type of piercings, or (c) you’re not dressed like you came from a church house. I have personally had to dye my hair brown, remove my nose ring (because it made my boss’ eyes water, how lame of an excuse is that?) AND remove my tongue ring, in which you CAN’T EVEN SEE! I’ve also been forced to wear full makeup everyday, have my hair STYLED (not just brushed and looking nice) and even get in a TANNING BED because I was too pale. Yes. I’m anemic you dumbass! What does any of this matter in a town of 2,000 people? This is what small business owners do to anyone that is unique. They cram you into that little cookie cutter and dare you speak up. If you do, you are gone. Fired. End of story.

Why?: Because there is NO other choice. If you have to have a job, these are the only places that will hire you. There really isn’t any other options in my town and many others like it. They figure that their football playing son who can’t spell is the mold for the rest of the town, just because he has blonde hair cut like a military wannabe. Even though he harrasses his classmates and rapes his girlfriends, you better believe he’s the model child in his family’s eyes. Just because a kid has, oh no, black hair and, gasp, earrings doesn’t make him a criminal. Just because you look different doesn’t make it right to discriminate against them. And don’t give me the ‘but you gotta look professional’ crap. There is NOTHING professional about a grocery store, and it’s horribly sad that they force people to change because ‘they don’t like the way you look’. All they care about is old people being offended by it. What about people with visible deformities? Sometimes you just don’t wanna see that. But if they work somewhere, you have to. But you get over it. A nose ring is not nearly as mortifing as someone missing an arm. People need to accept EVERYONE, no matter what they look like.

What can be done?: At this point, probably nothing. Hopefully in the future there will be some sort of discrimination lawsuit filed, but even then, when will people realize it’s ok to be ‘different’? Why is it such a crime?


10 Responses to “Small businesses robbing youth of individuality?”

  1. Wil said

    It’s okay to be different, as long as you can afford to be so. I know that sounds harsh, but what you’re experiencing is a temporary issue. When I was young, and when my parents were young, and so far back, we were always forced to conform to what our employers wanted of us.

    I look at it this way. Are they (business people) being small-minded? Ab-so-friggen-lutely! Is it right? Again, Ab-so-friggen-lutely! I like them being that way. Whether it’s because of colored hair, no face piercings, or shaved head and lots of metal, I know who they are, and what they stand for. When I hire people, I hire people based on their ability to do the job at hand. Take the anger you feel now, and channel it into making sure YOU break the cycle.

    I don’t know if you have them where you are, but we have a little store called Hot Topic. Sounds like it’s right up your alley. Of course, management (above the store level) wears ties and has short hair. When I was young, it was pretty much a surf-skate shop with bands. Imagine my embarassment when, after about ten years, I went back to the local store.

    Sorry to be long-winded, but the point is, use their stupidity to encourage you to be in a position to do better.


  2. sorry, i’ve got to disagree with you on this one

  3. Makes me fucking happy to know come from a place that’s not like that.

  4. elmo76544 said

    Individuality? Since when does dyeing your hair, getting piercings and tattoos show individuality? Nowadays, NOT having a tattoo, piercing, or strange colored hair is more unique. I bet nearly 80% of all kids aged 18-24 meet at least one of those criteria. Sorry to contridict you Sarah. You’re still a pimp in my eyes!

  5. Parasol said

    Will, I agree wholeheartedly.

  6. Anonymous said

    Amen! And that’s why I refuse to work. I may be homeless, but at least I have my standards.

  7. ^hahahahahhaha. exactly

  8. I stand with Rags.

  9. Anonymous said

    I found this entry while doing a net search for places that will hire people with “different” coloured hair. I know I’m an excellent worker; I’ve been told so, and it’s evident in my work. Then I colour my hair and suddenly no one wants to hire me anymore. Some employers say they will hire anyone who has the skills for the job, regardless of body modification, but I have yet to find these employers.

  10. yunahalo said

    Ugh, I’m STILL pissed about this… I work for myself now, but I still recall having to remove piercings/dye hair to please these assholes that later make me work over 40 hours a week because I’m the only one there that will “do the job right”… Is this just a comedy routine employers use to make me work harder? Or are they actually depending on ME to get large tasks done because I’ll actually do them in a timely manner?

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