Have tattoo, will serve, but will not be allowed entry
ON MANY occasions, friends, colleagues and I have found ourselves subjects of discrimination, based on our appearance and refused entry to venues on the Gold Coast.
We have never been charged with any offence, never been banned from any venue for violent behaviour, or any reason, and we all take pride in our appearance and dress to any standard expected.
The criteria to refuse us entry and force us to go to another venue is due to our tattoos – pictures placed upon the skin. We do not have our faces tattooed or have any offensive words or images. They are a simply a hobby that is worn and displayed, and nothing more.
Now, the added kicker to this venting is that we are employed in the emergency services. Serving the community on a daily basis, and on many occasions we have assisted some of these very venues, which banned us, without prejudice.
My question is – in this age of equality and a fair go, how are we as people still being treated differently because of how we look?
We as members of a public service have all dealt with people we would not want living in the same suburb as us, yet they can enter any venue and dine next to your family at a restaurant or bar if they don’t have a tattoo on display. It seems a backward concept.
I support the notion of banning people from any place if given the right reason and cause to do so, but surely we can make things fairer for all.
I am wondering if there’s anyone reading this who may have the knowledge to look at this from a legal standpoint? Josh Bell, Mermaid Waters