The ad read “Copier Technician Apprentice/Intern”. I received a quick reply to my mostly blank resume. I did not want the large gaping missing time frame of prison to be the first thing prospective employers questioned.
An appointment was set for the following Monday at 10a.m. I arrived at 9:45.
The interview started out as expected; nice enough place, seemingly professional people. With my knowledge of most things computer I was very qualified, intellectually, for this intern position and am very eager to get back to work.
Living at home with my mother, whom I love dearly, is fine – and appreciated. But I also need some independence, my own money (she’s paid enough defending me!), and to feel like a normal person again. Contributing to our society, intermingling with everyday laymen, keeping a schedule and getting things done.
The interviewer asked what I had been doing before applying for this position. I believe myself to be an honest person, my Aunt Reen would say too honest. As with anyone who asks me what happened, I looked the man in the eye and explained my recent stint in prison. This is not something I am proud of, having served time in prison and being a registered sex offender, but this is also something that doesn’t define me. I was stupid to even go and check if the adult was an adult, after the mention of anything underage. I know that. I also know I was manipulated and used by our own government and police departments as a form of currency. A transaction made between the government and our fear mongered public.
I paid the price for my stupidity, ten fold, a hundred fold, and now I just want my life back.
So in this interview, at this moment of time in my life, I looked the man in the eye and I told him my story.
I held his attention, and eye contact, for about 30 seconds. Then he cut me off and stood, the interview was over. Not a single question about my abilities was even asked.
“we just recently had a pedophile we had to fire, I’m sorry but we can’t hire you”
I was escorted to the door.
“Thank you for your time, have a nice day” was all I said.
The search continues……..