Where to start, almost 2 years into my employment at Piccolo and being told constantly by staff, clients, and Lisa (owner) herself, that I was truly an asset to the salon and irreplaceable, I was fired. Not only was I fired the day before my birthday, as she smiled at me, I was being fired because she personally didn't want to look at me anymore. I guess my tattoos and piercings (which many I had when I was hired) suddenly offended her. Not once was there a complaint about my personality or work ethics from an employee or client but I was actually being fired for the way I looked. The irony of the whole situation is, the motto above the door and front desk in the salon is actually ""Be Yourself"". Really? Be yourself?? When I confronted Lisa about her motto her answer was "" Oh, I do want you to be yourself, just not here."" Nice. So from day one I came in and put my all into my work, the clients, and her salon and in turn I got the boot for doing what she claims she believes in. Being creative and being myself. Not to mention she selfishly had the nerve to call me, well actually had the new receptionist that replaced me, call me and ask me to walk her through some of my daily tasks..lol i mean, are you serious?? Yesterday, I was informed that one the most amazing stylists at Piccolo, Melody Johnson, was fired after 9 loyal years at Piccolo. Lisa's reasoning for this was not a matter of tattoos and piercings but the fact that ""Melody's numbers were low."" Just to inform you why Mel's numbers may have been a little lower than usual, Melody's mother became very ill and melody moved her mother into her home and has been frequently in and out of the hospital with her. Her son also had gotten himself in a little trouble, which most teenagers go through, and Melody had to take a little time off for court. So she had missed a couple days due to family emergencies and in turn was fired. Although Melody had given Piccolo Hair Salon and Lisa Hutto, 9 loyal and dedicated years, she was easily disposed of because of her numbers. Let's forget the fact that an employee and someone who have actually referred to as a good friend, is going through hardships and needs her job more than ever now, lets just focus on ourselves, our numbers, and what we feel we are losing by looking out for our employees, or ""team members"" as Lisa often described us. I thought there was no ""I"" in team?? Her acts towards her employees and even clients are heartless, and there is no compassion for anyone. We are all just numbers and the clients are just dollar signs. If everyone in the world acted as she, the world would be such a better place. I hope you sense the sarcasm. One of the best things that ever happened to me was being fired by such a superficial petty employer. I am now employed full time as an accountant and am working in an environment where I am not judged or looked down upon for my looks, but praised for my work ethics. I hope with all my heart, Mel can find the same.