|Chelsea Ives, 19, courts said she attacked a police car and a mobile phone shop during the |
riots. Would you hire her in 5yrs time?
Someone could say why should we, the innocent, care about if these 'scum' will be hired or not? The matter of fact is this, here in the U.K we are crawling back to have a stable economy where debates are being thrown around about how to raise employment levels. The government is now pouring money in our economy to beat the recession, so more people employed will definitely help the situation.
Many people might not agree with this , but another reason why people should care about hiring rioter/looter is , a there is probably a good percentage of these convicts are not criminally minded. They probably had nothing to do with crime until they decided to join in the order of chaos. As the media stated last year, some of these 'scum' had jobs or enrolled in good education courses.
In a nutshell, some of these people would probably never have done any crime if the riots did not happen.
|Yes, a suspicious looking lot, but if they came |
to an employer wearing suit and tie....?
So when an ex rioter comes into an interview, it puts the employer in a curious position. Unlike other convicts who did something somewhat unrelated to the employer, ex cons from the riots carry a more tarnished image. Since employers were the secondary target of the rioters, it doesn't matter if a person committed a misdemeanour during the riots on a whim. An employer interviewing an ex looter would be like interviewing a former enemy even though that person did not attack his/her business last year.
However, in a justice system like ours (and USA) it would be good to give these misdemeanour offenders a second chance for the sake of the economy, but this is not to say the employers' feelings should not be taken into account. If employers do not want anything to do with ex rioters in future, an idea must be put into action so that the employers will feel more welcoming and the economy can grow.