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Woman denied fast food job because small tattoo

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Landing a job in this economy can be tough enough, but a local woman learned a small tattoo on her hand is a deal-killer.

It's a national policy for all Steak 'n Shake stores, and it's not unheard of for a business to take a pass on hiring someone with visible tattoos. In fact, a 2011 study by CareerBuilder.com found 31% of bosses would think twice before hiring or promoting someone with ink.

London Frisco learned that the hard way. She thought she would be a great employee, and had already aced her interview with one manager on Monday.

"He wanted to hire me on the spot," said Frisco. "He said I was a good candidate for the position they were trying to fill."

But once the hiring manager came over, Frisco said she learned she wouldn't get a chance.

"She said she couldn't hire me because I have a tattoo on my hand."

Frisco has 13 tattoos, but the only visible ones are two small stars on her hand. She was told covering it up with makeup, a bandage or bracelet wouldn't do. The corporation has a strict policy.

"The only way I was gonna get hired was if I removed the tattoo," Frisco said, which would cost more than her paycheck at the restaurant.

Frisco's resume has years of restaurant and customer service experience, and said the rejection was a first for her. Now she said she's regretting getting a couple inches of ink.

"It kind of discouraged me for the future," she said. "Maybe that tattoo wasn't a good idea to get in the first place."

However, she hopes other people who face similar rejection won't give up. Frisco received a call for another job interview just one hour after her rejection.

Channel 3 tried reaching Steak 'n Shake's corporate office for comment, but did not hear back as of Tuesday evening.

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