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Professional Piercers Describe Their All-Time Worst Or Most Bizarre Customers

Updated July 1, 2019 31.4k votes 5.7k voters 328.7k views11 items

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Getting a piercing can be a scary experience for anyone. Just the sheer thought of getting a needle jabbed through the flesh would be enough to put off a lot of people. Yet, millions around the world still go out to get various parts of their bodies pierced. In most cases, they will put their trust in professional piercers to do the job. While most piercers will do excellent work, the same is not true of all their customers.

Much like terrible tattoo customers, bizarre piercing customers stay with a piercer long after the needle gets removed. Thanks to Reddit, these piercing workers shared their weirdest and most disgusting stories about the worst customers they have had to handle. Whether it involves a particularly weird piercing or a client who has refused to wash beforehand, these true tales demonstrate that being a professional piercer is not always a glamorous job.

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    One Man Got A Bit Too Excited

    From Redditor /u/Maybe_Schizophrenic:

    Former piercer here. An older, rather smelly Army vet who wore kilts commando-style came in to have his PA (Prince Albert) stretched from a two to a zero. He moaned in enjoyment while I did it. I wanted to vomit from the smell and his excitement.

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    Piercers See Plenty Of STDs

    From a Redditor:

    Back when I was piercing in a shop located in a not-so-great area, I always had very uncomfortable jobs, not because there were genitals being pierced (you get used to that real quick), but because some of the grossest people would come in.

    Many times I pierced women who got off of their shift from the nearby fast food joints and... [They] would smell just like the food they ate and cooked, or like low-tide toilet paper would still be stuck to [them], and yeast infections came in aplenty. Nothing more awkward than refusing someone some work and telling them to go to the doctor for their infection or STD instead.

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  • 3

    Don't Get A Piercing After A Night On The Town

    From Redditor u/Faithlessfate:

    I used to pierce in a hole-in-the-wall shop in Greenwich village, and by far the worst clients were the [people who wanted their intimate areas pierced] after a night of clubbing and whatnot. Sweaty, smelly, and rarely groomed.

    By far, the worst was the girl who was all of the above... And also had a string hanging out.

    I'm a woman. I would never.

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    A Courtesy Clean Is Much Appreciated

    From Redditor /u/Syeth:

    I've had to clean out my fair share of nasty belly buttons before piercing. You'd be amazed at how many people don't clean their belly button. I'm talking like... nasty, dried up, black/yellow chunks of only god knows what. 


    Also, please shower before coming in and getting something done below the belt. We all stink. We all know it. [But] my face has to be right there.

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