Whiskerino 2009

No trimming! No shaping! Embrace the Whiskerino!

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  • posted: February 06 @ 7:06pm
Okay, here is the skinny. For some reason I had been getting a lot of heat at work for an unknown reason. My store performs well and makes budget. Why where they showing up all the time and putting pressure on me. Last week, the VP of retail shows up and says "I need to take you to lunch." This couldn't be a good thing. And it wasn't. Not even close.

He takes me to a little Italian joint there in town. When I walk in the door, I see the CEO waiting for us at a table. Seconds after we sit down, the big boss starts in with a ruthless jab about the way I look. He layed into me for an hour and a half on the proper way a manger should "present" themselves. They were turning the way I looked on outside as a personal attack on my inner character.

By the end, they stated that I should cut my hair and trim my beard and get on board with the rest of the team. I fought back with how I felt that the way a person looks has nothing to do with work ethic and integrity. Needless to say, I have bills to pay and kids to support. I gave into the cold demands.

I did not trim my hair much and took some off the facial hair to keep them away for a bit. After some support from a couple of you guys, I would like to stay in to the end......

The pic above is in my usual style. Due to the cold wet weather, I took in some porch skating.


c dub says:
let's see the beard. the rationale is strong, you could join Team Trim-deal and get mildly frowned at instead of shamed...
Posted: Feb 6th, 2010 - 7:10pm -
unky Kris says:
I'm getting a lil heat too.
Posted: Feb 6th, 2010 - 7:15pm -
Gavin says:
your upper management sound like a bunch of douche bags
Posted: Feb 6th, 2010 - 7:16pm -
aaron b says:
Here's my two cents: While I agree with you that appearance has nothing to do with the character of a man, etc... The fact is that in some professions appearance matters, especially when you're dealing with customers. The ugly truth is that people do judge others by appearance, and it will happen until the end of time. There is absolutely no shame in shaving your beard to keep your job. I think that the hair style matters a bit more than the beard, but that's just how I feel about it. I'm sorry that your bosses had this conversation with you. It's all about conformity in the business world, and whiskerino has the exact opposite idea, in my opinion.

Do what you have to do John. Sometimes you have to play the game, and taking care of the kids is absolutely the most important thing. Period.
Posted: Feb 6th, 2010 - 7:30pm -
ThatGuy says:
You already know my feeling on this. I'm totally sorry you had to deal with that ridiculous amount of heat, but you handled it well. It sucks that you have to give in to stupid shit sometimes, but we all know that it's necassary. You've got your priorities in the correct order. Family first,...then the bearded family. I'm glad you were able to find a middle ground.
Posted: Feb 6th, 2010 - 7:36pm -
Ploafmaster says:
Oh man. Bummer.
Posted: Feb 6th, 2010 - 9:06pm -
mattyc says:
Some times the porch is more than enough..Glad you are sticking around.
Posted: Feb 6th, 2010 - 10:20pm -
Zach says:
Pic is amazing. You rock a mean beard, even in it's trimmed form!
Posted: Feb 7th, 2010 - 11:02am -
John-O says:
Thanks for all the support. I have read all the comments and taken it all to heart. I will be here till the end eventhough it is not how I truly wanted it to be.
Posted: Feb 7th, 2010 - 4:32pm -
Site closed!
Whiskerino. fin.