Our last trainee had a hard time from the beginning. In fact she had such a hard time that she only lasted one training shift. Yes, only shift. Now generally this wouldn’t really be blogworthy. After all, this is isn’t the first time a girl has quit so quickly. This time it wasn’t the outcome that was so surprising, but rather the reason.
She didn’t quit because it was hard or she was uncomfortable or she was overwhelmed. She quit over a facial piercing and her recently manicured fingers. Seriously.
|I think I like her makeup best. CREDIT.|
Hooters has a rather strict policy on the way you present yourself at work. This includes no facial piercings and French manicures only among a myriad of other things. This trainee had a lip ring and a set of deep red nails. Upon arriving for her first shift, she was told she’d have to remove her lip ring and that she’d also have to change her nails within the next few days due to Hooters’ image policies – policies she’d been made aware of when hired.
“But I haven’t taken my lip ring out in like two years!”
“I just got my nails done yesterday!”
She hemmed and hawed and complained and finally begrudgingly took out her lip ring. She went through her shift and that’s the last we saw her. So a manager called inquiring as to her missing her second training shift. It was at this time she informed the manager she didn’t want to take out her lip ring for a job. She’d take the jewelry over a paycheck.
Now I realize that Hooters is strict when it comes to image, but most restaurants – and even many other jobs in general – have a similar policy when it comes to facial piercings. Hooters is definitely in the majority as far as not allowing metal all up in your business. I mean I have a nose piercing and I’ve never thought twice about taking that shit out and getting my ass to work. Call me crazy, but I’d much rather have a job than a bedazzled face. If you don’t have income how do you expect to buy that cubic zirconia lip stud you’ve had your eye on?
All I know is that this little lady is probably going to have a rude awakening when she goes to apply for her next job and – nine times out of ten – they ask her remove her lip ring. This is the real world and the real world doesn’t like metal faces. It’s sad, but oh so true. I have the hole in my left nostril to prove it.