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Petsmart's new dress code

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Petsmart improved their dress code.

 

Now they allow visible tattoos and facial piercings as long as they are "appropriate". I guess that means no tattoos of nude women or men, or swearing, and piercings without chains hanging, or infected piercings. The dress code says "If you have questions about appropriateness", it says to ask a manager.

I saw the new code posted on FB by a friend that works there.

 

This is a nice step for them. In Ontario, it is illegal to fire for tattoos (I was fired once, for wearing long sleeves, actually, when the manager at a restaurant saw a tattoo, and said it was inappropriate to wear a long sleeved blouse under my apron, I was a waitress. (before that law). Starbucks only allows single ear piercings. You can sign away your right to have piercings and tattoos. They make you on Starbucks applications. I filled out theirs, and on the last page, I had to sign it. I didn't, and they never called.. I do have one tattoo on my hand. I've tattooed over scars.

 

I think it's pretty cool of Petsmart.

My dad even thought it was 'discrimination' when I was fired for having tattoos. I've never considered it discrimination: I made a choice to get pierced and tattooed, and if someone won't hire me, that's their choice. I've worked in many places that allow piercings and tattoos, funky hair colours, which is cool. I thought it was a "bonus" and I've never been upset to hide tattoos at an interview, dye my hair to "normal" or take out my piercings (which I have very few of, ear and upper lip now) for an interview or job. 

 

Also, working with customers, I've preferred to have a "cleaner" look without visible tattoos and piercings or whacky hair, because people ask a LOT of questions and it drove me bananas. My last job there were a lot of us with funky hair, piercings, tattoos, but you couldn't tell most of the time: We worked in a 50F cooler in a greenhouse, so we bundled up.

 

But its more acceptable now. I like that. 

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I'm glad Petsmart changed their policy.

 

The Starbuck's policy sucks. They own you because they're letting you work there for minimum wage? I think not. One more reason to not like Starbucks.

 

Do you have a Whole Foods near you? I'm consistently surprised every time I go in that store. I feel like an odd-ball. I'm the only one that has a natural color hair (well, except for that time I had a blue streak), one piercing in each ear, and no tattoos. :)  Got to say that I love that Whole Foods doesn't care about things like that. Not crazy about some of their other policies but that's another story.

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Hooray for supporting expressions of individuality!

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Cool! This is good news! Thanks for sharing

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That my former place of employment (adult store) allowed visible tattoos, piercings, and funky hair styles/colours (even funky clothing) probably doesn't sound surprising.  Except the company is province-wide and tries to be more of an "upscale" sort of "adult boutique" rather than a porn shop.  There IS a dress code, and they don't allow things like jeans, hoodies, sweatshirts, t-shirts, etc.  Which makes sense with the "adult boutique" sort of angle, plus some of the products there cost like $100 - $300 on their own and depending on the customer I'd made individual sales over $600 before so yeah.  They weren't open all night or even that late either -- definitely not a 24-hour porn shop (and there wasn't even that much porn in the store.  Huge collection of lingerie, toys, massage/sensual products, etc. though.  And books.)

 

I thought it was absolutely fantastic though, I loved that they pushed a "professional" image while still allowing alternative appearances, visible tattoos, piercings, etc.  The district manager that was there when I started was a total goth lady - black eyeshadow up to here, long and flowing black outfits, also BEAUTIFUL tattoos covering her chest and full sleeves on both arms.

 

So yeah nice to hear about Petsmart over in your neck of the woods changing their policy. :)

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Nice. Good on them. 

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I don't even think we have Whole Foods in Ontario!

I think its nice a lot of places are changing dress codes to include more alternative appearance.

 

Yea, Starbucks sucks. Work for us for $11/hour (min wage) and we own your soul. 

I had an employer tell me to remove my tattoos or I'd be fired.

I got fired...

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Even the office job I worked at as a utility dispatcher allowed us to have our colored hair and tattoos and piercings showing, even when there were clients there (and, like Mirazh, I liked the juxtaposition of business casual dress with my bleached hair and such, though I never showed my SI scars). An employer asking me to remove my tattoo just to work there? Have to be a pretty damn special job, like the kind of thing I'd invested money into for schooling.

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I am very excited to hear this myself, and am looking into employment there in the future while attending school.

 

I was actually told to either take my piercings out (lip, eyebrow) and cover my tattoos or I would be fired; AFTER policy was CHANGED. Meaning that I was hired with all my differences. I was quite upset, especially because I had no choice. The piercings were taken out and the tattoos were covered. 

 

Unfortunately I am a fast healer, and my lip piercing was healed after the 9.5 hour shift. Over 100$ in piercing and accessories in the garbage, as well as a piece of my identity & pride down the drain, all for 7.25$ an hour.

 

I am pierced and tattooed not to purposefully look different or to even stand out, but because I love the art and when I put the art on my body it becomes a part of me. When I am unable to have that, I lose a little bit of my own identity. 

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Even the office job I worked at as a utility dispatcher allowed us to have our colored hair and tattoos and piercings showing, even when there were clients there (and, like Mirazh, I liked the juxtaposition of business casual dress with my bleached hair and such, though I never showed my SI scars). An employer asking me to remove my tattoo just to work there? Have to be a pretty damn special job, like the kind of thing I'd invested money into for schooling.

 

Yea.

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So far I haven't run into any tattoo discrimination except for maybe this last job I interviewed/applied for. They shot me a look when they saw my tattoos on my finger and arm. Oh well, then it's not the place for me.

 

I'm glad to hear Petsmart is jumping on board the tattoo acceptance train. Woot!

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That's fantastic. I already help support petsmart with my purchases, this is a profound relief that they're doing something right.

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Hi everybody, I'm new to the boards.

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