I’m a mum-of-seven and my face is COVERED in tattoos – no one will give me a job, I’m being treated unfairly | The Sun
A MUM-of-seven with a face full of tattoos still can't find a job after eight months of looking.
Melissa Sloan, 46, is plastered from head to toe in colourful ink – including Playboy bunnies, the Kray twins and cartoon marijuana leaves – but thinks employers wrongly assume she would be unprofessional.
The parent, who still gets several new body tatts a week, is now so desperate to find a role she's considering having her beloved facial art removed.
Melissa, who receives Income Support, said: "I still can't find a job. It's been months and months and months.
"I'm willing to do anything but no one will take me. I've not had a single job offer.
"I think people assume I'm unprofessional. I constantly get unwanted attention and nasty remarks.
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"But when I go out wearing a wig with make-up covering my tattoos, people treat me normally.
"I want to prove everyone wrong."
Melissa, from Knighton, Wales, said she is willing to take on just about any position, including cleaning toilets, just to provide for her children.
But if she doesn't find success soon, she will consider having her face wiped clean.
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"I've got kids to provide for so I might have to have my tattoos removed, then I may finally be able to land a role," she said.
Because she suffers from depression, which she puts down to bullying, Melissa claims she is eligible to have laser treatment for free.
"I've been offered the procedures on my face and neck on the NHS," she said.
"But I'm reluctant as my tattoos are part of me and I've heard rumours that it can make you all wrinkly and it is painful.
"However, if I've got to do it to find work, then I will.
"It will cost thousands of pounds but I will not be paying for it.
"I will have all of my tattoos completely removed from my face and neck if I have to."
Despite struggling to find work because of her inkings, Melissa continues to get more done.
Only yesterday, she had a new one of a Playboy bunny.
Melissa, whose two youngest children are aged under 10, previously said in September: "I can't get a job. They won't have me.
"I applied for a job cleaning toilets where I live and they won’t have me because of my tattoos.
"The first job I had was cleaning ages ago, cleaning toilets.
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"People have said I have never had a job in my life, I have had one once and it didn't last long.
"But, if someone offered me a job tomorrow I would go and work – I would take that offer."
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