posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 02:20 PM
OP sounds like an articulate individual. I wish him luck. But I think he is overstating the case by blaming the entire culture and country for the
sins of Valvoline. Plenty of people here have suggested you would be hired by them, so Valvoline's attitude is not universal. Having said that it
might be constructive to scrutinize why Valvoline might be pursuing this path, mis-guided though it may be.
My analysis is colored by my own experiences. I no longer patronize those types of places, but I noticed when I did that they were very focused on the
"ritual" of changing oil. There would be a cadence to their "spiel" while working on a car. They were obviously required to yell out certain
phrases as they performed them. It was like public perfomance art. Employees were dressed impeccably, and, of course, there was a significant effort
to "up-sale" customers to buy more than they originally anticipated.
Now why would they do that? My take on it is that it is because the Jiffy-Lubes of the world are bottom feeders. They are grease monkeys performing a
very low level job that is necessary, but often avoided by the public. Jiffy Lube makes sure they can do it as fast as possible, which is what we
customers want. And (and here it comes) they want to project a "professional" image. You will never see a grease spot on the employee who greets
you. They need to emulate a dealer's service shop to maintain competiveness.
An employee covered with tattoos does not present a professional image. Somehow he or she has been immersed in a culture that deems tattoos on hands
is an okay thing. Tattoos on your hands? What were you thinking?? By doing this you placed yourself in a lower class--permanently. That lack of
foresight shows an element of your character that does not reflect well on your choices. Now I know OP thinks this is "crap" and okay, that's what
he thinks. Valvoline does not. It's rather subjective to suggest Valvoline is wrong and OP is right and the entire culture is condemned as a result.
It's also a good example of how we attempt to apply anti-discrimination ideas to voluntary issues. If you are Black, you can't help it (unless you
are Michael Jackson). Anti-discrimination statutes were designed to prevent people making judgments on based on non-voluntary physical
characteristics. They were never designed to protect people against voluntary actions, unless you maintain religion is 'voluntary.'
The point is that they call it a "tramp stamp" for a reason. Tattoos are associated in the public mind with, for want of a better term, low-life
trailer trash. And, yes, that is discrimination, pure and simple. But it's legal.