Of course, not literally. Piercers have tons of feelings just like any other human being. But this seems to be a common belief for a lot of people, or at least thats how a lot of customers treat us.
I have recently had one of the worst experiences ever with a customer. Let me play this out for you:
Customer comes in that was referred by a trusted colleague of mine... *fowl language to be said*...
*Me: Hi! How can I help you?
*Customer: Yea, im trying to get my nipples pierced.
* Me: Ok, awesome! lets pick out some jewelry and prices for you.
-This is when the customer views the jewelry options and I give her my speech on my quality control, and how she can benefit from investing in better jewelry that will result in better and easier healing and no risk to her health.-
The customers friend completely seemed to understand why the the quality was worth the price. However, the customer did not.
I usually explain to my customers that when you get the jewelry you love, that makes you excited, happy and completely speechless, its worth it. Its also cheaper to get the 'pretty', exciting jewelry in the beginning instead of playing it cheap at first because, not only will you buy the cheaper jewelry, but once it heals you will also buy the more expensive jewelry that you wanted in the first place. IF you make it long enough without getting bored with your cheaper jewelry without changing it too soon and messing it all up. No matter my suggestions though, its up to you, the client.
Moving on... I tell this all to my new customer and she slowly calls me a... Bi**h!
*In my head: Did she really just? what did I do?!
Now most people would say that I should have kicked her out. But, being a piercer has made me so very patient. So all I could say in return was,
"Im sorry, does this make any sense?" Her friend replies with "Yes, it does"
The customer tells me that she has the money, thats not an issue, but there is no way in hell she is paying that amount of money for "just some stupid piercings" but, she does want to get it done because -(THIS IS THE BEST PART)- she is barred out and feeling good...
OMG my brain says... I explain to her that i cant actually pierce her while she is on drugs. It is illegal and it makes the experience worse for her and harder for me. I.E. shes already making bad decisions by not trying to get the best quality she can and also being very rude to me and taking a very long time...
I tell her honestly, "Its one thing if you lied by omission and I didnt know about it, but its my job to not do it once I know about it."
She then calls me stupid and says she will just find someone else to do it..
As a professional piercer that spends a lot of time and money advancing my education, this really hurt. I was angry and my feelings were hurt. What also hurts is that there definitely is a lot of "piercers" that will take her money and endanger her health by giving her some mediocre piercings, jewelry, and aftercare. And they will certainly turn everything I explained to her to make me look bad and use it to their benefit.
The point of this story is, myself and a lot of other very good piercers out there do everything we can to be the best we can be for every person that walks through our doors, no matter how much money they have. Please do not treat us like the bad guy when we just want whats best for you and for doing our job, a job that can be taken away by our boss or the state if we break these very important rules.
I would rather be the piercer that is still here to help you even after you belittle me and go somewhere else, than be the piercer that takes your money and leaves you in danger. I pitty you if you think thats wrong of me.