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Employees are tattooing their bodies with company logos to prove their devotion to the job

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Cringe warning! Some workers are apparently tattooing themselves with their company logos to prove their devotion to the job... Yes, for real.

The WSJ reports: Employees ink company logos on arms, legs and backs in a show of corporate loyalty. “My son was like, ‘You’re an idiot,’” says one executive

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Mark Daly, Anytime Fitness’s media director, said he was pressured into getting a company tattoo by co-workers chanting “Daly! Daly!” He hid the tattoo from his wife, Laura Daly, for three days before confessing at a hot tub party.

He recalled his wife was shocked but decided it was “kind of sexy.” Ms. Daly has a different recollection. “No, I would not describe it as cool or sexy,” she said, calling her husband a “knucklehead.”

[...] The accolades of his younger employees didn’t match the reception he got at home in Herndon, Va. “My son was like, ‘You’re an idiot,’ ” Mr. Mani said.

And don't think for a second that a tattoo will save your job:

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In 2014, the former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson for her 60th birthday memorialized her nearly two-decade career at the newspaper she grew up reading with her parents. It was the letter “T,” rendered in the broadsheet’s signature font and tattooed on her back. She said it felt like her “personal hieroglyphic.”

Ms. Abramson, who was fired two months later, said she had no regrets: “I love the Times more than I loved working there.”

Your employer don't give a shit about your "loyalty" to their company:

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It turns out Chuck Runyon, chief executive of Anytime Fitness, has fired around seven people who got company tattoos. Performance, he said, is more important than loyalty.

This is just sad.

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This is ... unbelievable! But this is a US-only thing, right? I haven't heard any similar stories about such weird expressions of devotion to work elsewhere.

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