Would you want a person with a tattoo across half of their face watching your children? How about helping you with your taxes or representing you in court? The answer here is likely a firm, “NO!”
A New Zealand teen has made the news after he spoke out about the struggles of finding a job with a face tattoo. Why on earth her would get a massive tattoo spelling out, “DEVAST8” covering half of his face is beyond me. Not only is is unprofessional, but it sends out a chaotic and destructive message! Perhaps it would have a different effect if he was a pro wrestler or something of the sort. However, Mark Cropp is just an “ordinary” teen who is looking to get a job to support his family after serving his prison sentence.
The teenager, born in Oamaru in the southern part of the country, told the New Zealand Herald he had it inked a few months ago, while drunk on homebrew in a jail cell in Christchurch, New Zealand.
He was locked up in 2015, at 17, for aggravated robbery, after he and a friend pulled a knife on a tourist in Nelson, New Zealand.
What a winner right there. Perhaps the charges are also what is hindering him from getting a job.
Cropp pleaded guilty to a range of charges, including aggravated robbery, escaping custody and assault with a weapon.
He told the Herald he committed the crime to get enough money to help house himself and his pregnant girlfriend after they were kicked out of his parents’ home.
“My partner Taneia was just a month due to drop my baby, and we had nowhere to go so I committed the crime — and I never got to see [the baby] again.”
Taneia had their baby while Cropp was in prison but she lost custody. The couple are now working to get their daughter back.
Cropp said, “We were told she would have a home for life for her in CYFs care,” he continued, “I got to meet my daughter for the first time yesterday. She was a bit wary of me to start with but she ended up giving me a hug, she gave me a kiss.”
The 19-year-old is looking for a job to be able to get his family back to living a normal life.
Would you hire him? Or is his face tattoo too off-putting?
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