I can’t get hired because of my throat tattoo

I can’t get hired because of my throat tattoo
Joe Parsons has quite the neck tattoo. * Photo: SWNS
Joe Parsons has quite the neck tattoo. * Photo: SWNS

(SWNS) – A job hunter claims he has been unfairly discriminated against after he was rejected by dozens of employers over his enormous neck tattoo.

Joe Parsons, 21, got the $330 six-inch throbbing red heart with turquoise angel wings in memory of his late grandfather while he worked in a factory.

But he claims that, while he has no problem getting around 30 interviews, he has never managed to get a job thanks to his huge inking.

He has tried attending interviews wearing high-necked shirts but the tips of the wings still peek out above the collar line.

Joe Parsons * SWNS photo

Parsons, from Manchester, England, insists he doesn’t regret getting the extreme body art but wishes potential bosses could see past it.

He said: “Before I got the tattoo people thought I was a happy, confident person. Now it feels like people think I’m full of my self and that I don’t give a damn.”

“That’s just not who I am. I’m just a normal person and all I want is a decent job.”

“There’s definitely a stigma attached which there shouldn’t be. I do think it’s a form of discrimination.”

“It’s not down to the skills I have and in every interview they haven’t given me a good reason. Now I feel like I’ve got ‘don’t hire me’ written all over my neck.”

“I don’t want to get it removed. It means so much to me.”

“I still don’t regret it at all though. I’m proud of it because it means so much. What I regret is how other people are perceiving it.”

Parsons went under the needle in November 2016 while working at a factory.

It was in memory of his granddad Thomas Parsons, 63, who died in a care home in August 2016.

Joe was forced to leave his job in January after his mom was attacked in the street and he quit to take care of her.

She developed PTSD and needed full-time support from her son.

“She’s not been the same since then,” he said.

“I had to look after her pretty much full time which was why I left my job after Christmas.”

“I needed to be at home for her.”

Parsons started looking for a job in January but has been rejected 30 times for jobs at Topshop, Next and even TK Maxx where he was previously employed before his tattoo.

His lack of luck comes despite four years of experience in retail, hospitality and call centers.

He said nobody has explicitly mentioned his tattoo but he added: “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.

“I can tell they are pre-judging me even before the interview has started.”

Parsons has three other non-visible tattoos including roman numerals on his neck and a diamond on his forearm.

Parsons has been supporting him mom financially and said the situation has become desperate in the run-up to Christmas.

“I have been going to more interviews in the past three months as it’s coming up to Christmas and my savings are running out,” he explained.



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  1. its sad that you cant get a job because of the tattoo and really it is some form of discrimination. one thing one must bear in mind is before getting a tattoo is will it affect my entire life and in what way. you see the thing is the common person just sees tattoos as a drawing on the skin but if you take your time to even read about tattoos and certain tattoos and where they originated from you would realize that they are nothing good. tattoos have meaning and most of them dont mean nothing good.

    for instance you would have a shine head tattoo do you think anyone would hire you or would want anything to do with you for that matter? when most people know this has something to do with Hitler and every one know Hitler was not a good man. most of us like to follow fashion because its the in thing we want to do it to. my advise to you is think of what tattoo you want to get ,know the meaning and also watch where you put it on your body cause in the future just like this man it could cost you dire consequences. so this way you cant go and say discriminate you cause of tattoo cause all of us have a choice in what we do in our life.


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