Here's how it went. After being cut from the company’s payroll in February 2002, the engineer (we’ll call him “Mark”) was dropping off some benefits paperwork at his former employer’s office when Noyes greeted him. Mark says he was having a rough time personally and professionally. He had recently put a tattoo of a shark on his backside to “commemorate life biting me in the ass.” When greeted by Noyes, Mark says he couldn’t help but show his commemorative cheek.
Funny? Yes -- and, oddly, symbolic of the working stiff's struggle against authority, according to a sociology expert that we consulted.
"The tattoo already functioned as a bit of stylized defiance, reinforced by the ritualized pain of acquiring it," explains Jeff Ferrell, professor of sociology and criminal justice at TCU. "Showing it to his co-worker, buttocks out and proud of it, doubled the stakes and the symbolism."
We couldn’t reach Noyes for comment.
Have you got a weird workplace encounter you’d like to share with Headcount? Think of one quick and we’ll tell ya where to send it, after we cover this most recent round of interesting telecom hirings and firings.
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