Done that, there's a tattoo parlor two doors from my restaurant as well as one across the street in the next block. The owners, operators, and many of their clients are really neat people.
I've discussed the situation with the owners, operators, and several clients. Without exception, they all agree that visible tattoos or piercings will limit employment opportunities in the hospitality industry.
Why? Very simply, the hospitality industry relies on making customers feel comfortable so they will pay for the services offered and, in the U.S.A., tattoos and/or piercings have a tendency to make many potential customers feel uncomfortable enough to either avoid patronizing the establishment in the first place or avoid returning in the second place, at least that is ttrue in the area of MY restaurant.
I cannot afford to hire employees, regardless of their abilities or skills, whose "appearance" will adversely affect my potential customer pool. Whether it is tattoos, piercings, inappropriate clothing, personal hygiene, make-up, jewelry, mother tongue, or whatever else that is not a "protected class" under State and Federal law, it is MY choice to determine the best way to serve what I deem to be MY customer base.
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