She revealed to all that the management of the store she worked in and allegedly other locations around the world agreed that employees must go through with the piercings even if it means they have to physically restrain the child to get the job done... which just sounds absolutely INSANE. And pretty freakin' terrible. Marks is now taking a stand against the company with an open letter that has since gone viral online.
Marks said her job at Claire's started to bother her the more she saw children resisting getting their ears pierced.
As she explained in an open letter to her former employer on Facebook on April 7, Marks used to work at the Edmonton, Alberta, location of a Claire's accessory store. The chain is somewhat known for doing on-site piercings, and to some, it is a rite of passage to get your ears pierced at the kid-friendly locations. However, as an employee, Marks revealed that the reality of piercing children is seriously different than one might imagine.
She wrote that she never minded piercing kids who were excited to get their first pair of earrings and would just try her best to put them at ease, but it was the kids who clearly didn't want to be there that struck a chord with her.
You can find the full original Facebook post here.
She also added that the mom was definitely putting a great deal of pressure on her daughter to go through with the procedure and that the poor child was showing very clear signs that she was incredibly uncomfortable.
It's a "company policy" that understandably really truly rubbed Marks the wrong way.
Now Marks is publicly taking the company to task for forcing employees to pierce unwilling kids, and I don't know about you but I am 100% behind her!
Don't you just freakin' hate the corporate world sometimes?
Mark's has now updated her first open letter post to the company, as she has said a Claire's representative has now reached out to her and agreed that the policy does indeed need to be tweaked.
In a post on Facebook which was created this passing Thursday, Marks wrote that a representative of Claire's did reach out to her and agreed that she had been acting in accordance with company policy... which is really great and surprising to hear.
Well, folks, what do you think? Should parents be allowed to force and restrain their kids to get something done that they really don't want? Should employee's have the right to refuse to pierce a distressed child?