When you’re young, you do some pretty crazy stuff, maybe even really stupid stuff. Most of the time, you move on, you grow up and you live and learn from your past mistakes, right?
Well, what if that past mistake was effecting your employment? What if now you realized REALLY how stupid that mistake was and you regret it? What if that past mistake was having your former cellmate create a big tattoo across your face that reads ‘DEVAST8’?
Meet Mark Cropp from New Zealand. Fortunately, Mark Cropp just wants to get a job and support his beautiful family. Unfortunately, there is one thing holding him back….the big ‘DEVAST8’ tattoo inked across his face.
When Mark was 17, he was locked up for aggraved robbery after he pulled a knife on a tourist. First stupid mistake, right? That’s not the end of it.
Second stupid mistake Mark made was after being a victim of bullying, he got drunk on homebrew and had his cellmate, his brother, ink his face with his streetname, ‘DEVAST8’.
As you can see from the picture above, the tattoo covers half his face like a beard. Although, Mark will tell you the face tattoo was a mistake, just like the armed robbery, he was finding it to be a very difficult time getting a job. So, Mark did what most intelligent people would do when they need help, he took to social media.
The real question is…would YOU hire this guy for a job? Cropp wants to work, but this big tattoo planted across his face is really one huge obstacle for him finding employment. I mean, seriously, who would hire him, right? Would you?
I’m thinking no. I mean, are you kidding? Who is going to take this guy seriously? Not too many employers that I know of.
In addition, it seems the correction services has offered to remove the tattoo, not once, but twice. Mark Cropp turned them down both times. Say what?! That’s right it would have been a simple solution, but Mark evidently said, of the tattoo, it’s who he is.
Uh, no Mark! It’s who you USED to be! It’s not who you are now IF you have been rehabilitated like most who have served time for a crime. I’d say, just go and get the stupid thing removed and move on with your life.
Mark Cropp says since the age of 6, he has been in and out of county foster homes. He was even kicked out of school at the age of 11
“Part of the reason why I am who I am is that I grew up without my parents, I grew up with drugs and alcohol around, and became a criminal.
“But going to jail gave me a wake-up call.”
“I was going through a rough patch, of quite a lot of people hating on me, trying to bully me.”
“Part of jail life, you get people with tattoos and you look at them, step back, ‘Watch out for that guy’ sort of thing.”
“It’s my nickname, it’s not gang-affiliated.”
It seems the tattoo was as Cropp says,
“I got to meet my daughter for the first time yesterday. She was a bit wary of me to start with but she ended up giving me a hug, she gave me a kiss.”
It was that meeting with his daughter that inspired Cropp to get a job. He posted a picture of himself on a Facebook page for local jobs.
Matt Cropp states,
“I was over people judging for my facial tattoo… that’s why I made the decision to put that photo on Facebook, to turn around and say ‘I am just a normal human being, you do not have to judge me because of the way I look’.
But right now, “I just want any job at the end of the day… I’m sick of being on the dole.”
“I want to be able to put meat on the table – we want to live a normal life.”
Now, Cropp says he is ‘waiting for the right job offer’ after his desperate plea for work went viral on social media. Cropp was inundated with over 45 job offers.
Cropp also said he wil be removing the tattoo as well.
So, let me ask you again… would YOU hire this guy?