Life is rough when you're a broke parent
Would you give someone who wasn’t your ideal candidate a job? Being that everyone has a story to tell and some mistakes they wish would remain secret, would you have sympathy and hire someone who didn’t fit the professional aesthetic you were looking for? Let’s be honest, you most likely wouldn’t.
Mark Cropp, a 19-year-old former inmate, claims he’s been struggling to find work ever since he returned from his stint in prison. He is now a father and wants nothing more than to provide for his little girl, but will employers see it that way and give him a chance?
A former inmate is regretting the fateful night that he drank so much while behind bars that he ended up with a huge face tattoo that reads ‘DEVAST8.’ The tattoo is a decision he regrets just as much as the two year sentence he served for armed robbery.
It seems that after making a homebrew of apple, bread, and sugar with his inmates, the group was so inebriated that performing an impromptu ink job seemed like a stellar idea.
Working with what they had, the other prisoners created ink from burning plastic cutlery and mixing the resulting powder with water and toothpaste. The tattoo gun was constructed out of a cassette player and a spring from a pen. The tattoo, which reads “Devast8”, is actually based off Cropp’s nickname. And, while the design was initially supposed to be minimal, alcohol ensured that things got way out of hand.
Living With the Aftermath
Now that Cropp has been released, he claims that employers had been reluctant to offer him employment due to the permanent stain that lies visible on his face. Their refusal to hire Mark couldn’t have come at a worse time, since he was desperately seeking the funds in order to provide for his new child.
Standards of Professionalism
The former inmate believes that what had been holding him back from returning to the workforce is the ink plastered across his face which many employers believe doesn’t fit the standards of professionalism. Although, the teen father is not inexperienced. Prior to prison, Cropp worked as a worked in a scrap metal yard and for a brick laying distributor, as well as holding a CPIT qualification in painting and decorating.
Now though, he claims says that although he had been applying to many places, it has been an obstacle finding one that will give him a chance to prove his worth. Cropp relives the many times he was denied, claiming:
“One employment place said to me: ‘I wouldn’t employ you with that on you face, I wouldn’t even take a second look at you.”