Anonymous said: What happened with Disney?
Well… I ranted about it, grey face, but I’ll summarize it for you.
I had 2 interviews, both of which I went in with my sleeves rolled up and everything.
Then I went in to file my paperwork, since they wanted to hire me, and I was willing to drive the 75 min one way 2 times a day trip for a job, to work at a call center. Answering emails, doing live chat, and talking on the phone.
They waited until all my paperwork was signed and then told me that my goatee was “too artistic for Disney” and that I’d either have to shave fully, or grow a full beard, but the full beard length could only be 1/4th of an inch long, and I should consider myself lucky, because in the past they didn’t allow beards, just mustaches.
Well, for one, I don’t look good with a full beard, so that’s why I don’t have one. I also hate being clean shaven. The biggest issue they had was that I shave the line along my jaw, and that’s “just not allowed”.
I don’t mind being told “wear long sleeves to cover your tattoos” (even though I’m now considering telling people I’m a Druid, so the tattoos have religious significance), but being told to shave my face to work anonymously through a call center?
This is basically them saying “we don’t approve of your appearance, so fix it or don’t work here” which is the same as saying “we don’t want to hire you due to your appearance.” So what that my qualifications are outstanding. So what that I’m a Veteran, and gave up a regular life due to injuries sustained while overseas. Disney thinks I need to shave.
I posted a picture of myself IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THAT STATEMENT, before I even left the Disney parking lot.
So I called Disney the next day and told them that their values didn’t run parallel to mine, and would not be taking the job.
They wasted my time, and my gas, and I wasn’t even compensated for it, at a time when I can’t even afford to have done that. I’m tired of companies thinking that just because you sign on the dotted line that means they now get to control you, and how you look.
I did that in the Army… and I’m not doing it any more.