Tattooed UP graduate discriminated at bank in Naga City

Tattooed UP graduate discriminated at bank in Naga City

- A young woman cried foul after being discriminated by a security guard of an RCBC branch in Naga City

- She narrated how she was stopped from entering the bank twice with the guard suspecting her because of her inked body

- After saying her piece, she walked across the street to Security Bank where she was welcomed with no questions asked

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is probably one of the most common things adults teach to the younger generation. But do they act what they preach?

A young woman narrated how she was discriminated over her tattoos when she tried to enter a bank in her hometown, Naga City.

Her story was shared by the Facebook page ‘Think Ink,’ and has instantly become an online hit gathering nearly 5,000 shares and over 10,000 reactions.

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Signed as Ma’am Zantua, she claimed to be a University of the Philippines (UP) graduate and a licensed teacher. However, despite her impressive credentials, the security guard of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) stopped her just as she was about to walk inside the establishment – twice.

Tattooed UP graduate discriminated at bank in Naga City

The RCBC security guard stopped her from entering twice. (Photo credit: Facebook)

First was when she was blocked from the entrance, asking if she possessed money to which she politely replied yes. Zantua added that she had just inquired if she could open an account and if online transferring is an available feature on their services prior to his question.

But when she tried to step in to the premises, the same guard stopped another from opening the door and requested for a valid ID while looking at her tattoos.

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This was when Zantua cried foul and exclaimed that she has several IDs, passports, a professional license, and a UP diploma. She even challenged the guard if he needs anything else aside from those that she mentioned.

Tattooed UP graduate discriminated at bank in Naga City

Zantua was discriminated because of her tattoos. (Photo credit: Facebook)

“RCBC, Naga City can claim the worst bank customer service in the city,” she wrote on her post.

Afterwards, Zantua tearfully left and crossed the road towards Security Bank where she was welcomed with no questions asked.

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She expressed her gratitude to May, an employee of the bank, who she described to have provided her an ‘excellent service’ and patiently answered all her inquiries.

Zantua was upset that the incident even happened in her hometown after she returned from Manila where she stayed for 15 years.

“So what I am inked? It doesn’t make people unprofessional or even delinquent. …My art doesn’t make me untrustworthy and it doesn’t even change an attitude or lessens any skills,” she quipped.

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Zantua’s tale gave rise to a lot of netizens sharing their own experiences with discrimination. The comments section of the post was filled with testimonies and lauded her for standing up for herself.

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