When Claire Shepherd applied to be a retail merchandiser at UK shopping logistics company Dee Set, she had no idea the whirlwind of emotions she would soon be experiencing — from happiness to sadness to anger to disgust. . . all in less than an hour.
Claire, 27, recently took to Facebook to express her absolutely wild story (which is not available at the moment), according to the Daily Mail. “I got a new job today,” she wrote. “And then I got sacked within half an hour.”
Claire had a stellar phone interview — so good, in fact, that she was told at the end of the conversation that she had the job and could start next week. Then, the company sent her an e-mail outlining their dress standards. “As I read it, I was gutted as they noted that all tattoos must be covered up as they are likely to cause [offense],” she explained. “Thinking this was an old standard e-mail the company sent out, and that their views had changed, I emailed them explaining that I had hand tattoos and [hoped] this wouldn’t affect my new job.”
Unfortunately, their views hadn’t changed, and they took their offer back due to her intricate hand tattoo. “I was shocked when they replied and said they would no longer be employing me as I would not be able to cover my tattoos,” Claire wrote. Claire has never had this problem with her tattoos before after working for six years in managerial roles. “I was perfect for the job due to my skills, previous experience and flexibility,” she wrote. “They clearly thought I had something to offer and would be the right person for the job as they had already offered me the position.”
The post was since shared thousands of times and was at one point retweeted by body-positive plus-sized model Tess Holliday, who also is adorned with body art. Since all of the traction the post received, Dee Set contacted Claire again and offered her the job back. “They saw my tattoo and saw it was not offensive,” she told Daily Mail. “But I feel if I hadn’t gone viral they wouldn’t have offered me the job back. I’m glad they saw their mistake and corrected it though, [sic] that’s a step forward.”