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Red Lobster: Marine's Ink Not Allowed; What You're Saying On Facebook

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Kyle Reed is pounding the pavement once again, visiting businesses all over Jacksonville, Florida looking for work.

"It's very hard. I've applied to over 10, 15 jobs," said Reed.

The job search for the disabled Marine sergeant comes after he was sent back to square one this week.

He says two weeks ago, he was finally hired by Red Lobster as a server.

"After four months of being unemployed, to have an offer like this from Red Lobster, I was very excited, very motivated," said Reed.

That motivation was dealt a surprising blow Tuesday.

"I rolled up my sleeves like they asked me to, which is part of their server dress code, and they stopped me and said I don't know if you can work today," said Reed.

Reed was sent home after managers saw a Devil Dog and tag tattoo that stretches partly down his right arm symbolizing his years of service in the Marine Corps.

"It's something that we kind of did together for our Marines that we lost," said Reed.

 

HERE'S SOME THE CONVERSATION WE'RE HAVING ON FACEBOOK:

Sandy Love-Reid: How sad. They'll hire skanky little girls covered in tats but not a vet? This country is so screwed up.

Steph Belnap: Sounds like a lawsuit pending

Jakob Zetwick: Well, I won't be visiting any Red Lobster establishments any time soon. To do this to a disabled veteran is a discrace to our country. There should be no issues with tattoos in the work place (of course if they are tasteful). But this...this I will share with my fellow Veterans.

Margaret Smith: so red lobster is not friendly to our tropps, well then maybe those of us who support our troops should not support red lobster

Leslie Foster:  This story leaves a bad taste in my mouth, here is a man who joined the marines fought for his country and he can't get a job at Red Lobster because of a tattoo? What is this world coming to? Tattoo's are a form of self~expression and as long as your self~expresson does not come in the form of something offensive, then whats the big deal? Its just a shame that he world has come to sensoring our self~expression!

Jessica Mason:  I would understand if the tattoo was of a naked lady on his arm or something, but come on Red Lobster!! A MILITARY tattoo? how low can you get. I would think that of all people you could make an exception from your so called "no tattoo" policies for our Military men and women. They fight for your freedom and you can't give them a job working in a kitchen? This is ridiculous.

 

 

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