20-Year-Old Loses Summer Job Because Of Dreadlocks
( 4UMF NEWS ) 20-Year-Old Loses Summer Job Because Of Dreadlocks:
Did his dreads cost him his dream job?
An Ohio man claims his shoulder-length hair led to him getting canned from his summer role at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky before it had even begun, reports NewsNet5.
Charles Craddock, 20, says he was offered the position after a Skype video interview and orientation.
"I actually asked her about it because I read over the guidelines," he said. "So I asked her, 'Will it be a problem with my hair?' and she said, 'No, as long as you keep it pinned up when you're working.'"
He packed up his belongings and moved from his Cleveland home into the park's dorms. But he claims he was then told at his first training session to cut off his hair to conform with staff regulations.
The rules state that male workers' hair must be shorter than collar-length — and ponytails and extreme haircuts are also banned. A Cedar Point worker said their workers' "personal appearance" was an important part of the park's image.
Craddock, who's been growing his hair for four years, said cutting it off would be like "losing a part" of himself.
So just a day after moving in, he was packing his bags and being picked up by his parents to return home.
Craddock had planned to use his wages to pay for his auto mechanics tuition. His mom Melima said she was "frustrated" with how the hiring process had gone so far.
"He wants to work. That's his goal. And they've kind of taken that away from him," she told NewsNet5.
Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards said that "the personal appearance of our associates is a very important part" of the park's image.
But he added that he would "love to have the opportunity to talk" with Craddock to see how he could still become a part of the team for the summer season.
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