Cry Baby of the Day – Claire Nathan

Cry Baby: Claire Nathan

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The incident: Claire Nathan applies for her “dream job” as a trolley dolly for Air New Zealand, she declares that she has a visible tattoo on her arm, commonly known as a job killer. Air New Zealand terminates the interview on the basis that their employment policy prohibits visible tattoos. 

The appropriate response: Move on look for another job, after all who in their right mind has a “dream” of being a trolley dolly.

The actual response: Claire Nathan plays the race card, declares her tattoo to be Ta Moko and runs off to the media who dutifully play the cards just as she wanted. Not only does she play the race card, she also acts in full entitlement and grievance mode that many maori have learned in the last generation.

Watch now for come womble human rights lawyer to take up her case with the Human Rights Commission who will then probably prosecute Air New Zealand for daring to want to have people at work without random scribbles on their arms, legs or face.

The next step will be someone like Tame Iti, with a full facial tattoo trying it on to be air steward.

There is a reason why these kinds of tattoos are called job killers. Claire Nathan, you are Cry Baby of the Day.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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