Help! My workmate flaunts a disturbing tattoo in front of customers
Thursday, December 18, 2014/
Dear Aunty B,
I’m a waiter at a large restaurant and, probably similar to many restaurants in Melbourne, half our waiting staff have tattoos. It’s not my thing but it’s pretty standard in our industry. Now that the weather is a bit warmer I’ve noticed one of my colleagues has a really disturbing tattoo of a woman being hacked to pieces.
It’s on her upper arm so it has been covered up until now but now that I’ve seen it I’m really disturbed by it. I don’t want to seem like a prude but I can’t get the horrible imagery out of my head. I feel that if I approach her about the tattoo it is going to create an issue between us. What should I do?
If this tattoo is so disturbing to you it’s likely that it’s disturbing to customers as well. But you’re right that approaching her about this is likely to create a relationship breakdown.
I’m not usually one to advocate “dobbing” but in this instance the easiest solution is probably to tell your manager about the tattoo. Tell your manager you don’t have a problem with tattoos but this one is pretty violent and perhaps it is best covered up.
If your manager doesn’t want to do anything about it then leave the issue there. But hopefully your manger can have a quiet word to your fellow waiter and everyone can be spared any hard feelings.
What are you waiting for? Email your questions, problems and issues to [email protected] right now.
Be honest about your situation: How vulnerability helps businesses thrive Sue Parker DARE Group founder
Own it: The 10 things you need to do to manage your personal brand Lisa Stephenson Who Am I Projects founder
Six invaluable lessons: What 20 years in aged care taught me about being an entrepreneur Natasha Chadwick NewDirection Care founder
An entrepreneurial superpower: Eight tips to help develop resilience Adala Bolto ZADI Training co-founder
Going through a lull? Five areas you should invest in when sales drop Tamara Alaveras and Sonia Majkic 3 Phase Marketing co-founders
Stop telling us how busy you are, it's boring and charmless Ian Whitworth Scene Change co-founder
Blandification™ and the state of modern branding Jeffrey Oley The Offices co-founder
Why you should find the right role for the right person — not the other way around Bruce Stronge Outfit founder