Arbeit Macht Frei

Taking workplace feudalism up a notch:

A New York-based real estate firm Rapid Realty has offered its 800 employees a 15% pay raise if they tattoo the company’s logo onto their bodies, and the offer is snowballing, according to CBS New York. So far, nearly 40 employees accepted the challenge, AOL Jobs reported.

Employees who agreed to get inked said getting a substantially larger paycheck was motivation enough to get a tattoo. In a video, Brooklyn-based broker Adam Altman said the ink would be a reminder to work harder.  “I don’t see myself going anywhere, and if I have it on my arm, it’ll force me to keep going and working hard [sic],” Altman said.

H/t Douglas Edwards


  1. Brian A. Graham May 27, 2013 at 11:35 pm | #

    C’mom Adam. Show some real commitment. Take it up a notch. Get branded.

  2. Virginia Blaisdell May 27, 2013 at 11:58 pm | #

    New words to happy birthday

    Happy Birthday to us ditto We do not deserve it, so Don’t make a fuss.

    (Lines Amy and I extemporized at John and Betsy’s this afternoon in honor of my, Betsy’s and Amy’s birthdays all coming around the same time)

    I must say, that John Wilhelm makes one helluva good BLT!

    Virginia Blaisdell

  3. Glenn May 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm | #

    Forehead, Adam, forehead.

    I’ll up your bonus by a six pack of your favorite beer. I love watching stupid human tricks.

  4. Bruce Bernstein May 28, 2013 at 12:23 am | #

    and this is not branding because…

    by the way, anyone wanna take bets on how soon the company takes part or all of the raise back?

  5. Hmmmm May 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm | #

    A Biblically minded person might say that this looks like the start of the normalization of the Mark of the Beast.

  6. juantenorio May 29, 2013 at 1:36 am | #

    Actually, if the tatoo is PERMANENT, I’d never do it.

    A REMOVABLE tatoo, however, might be okay for a consideration (=raise).

    Then if they try to take back the raise, I get rid of the tatoo.

    Also, where (on my body) would they want the tatoo?

    I mean, if I could see the raise first (one paycheck in the bank at the new rate) and then I could decide WHERE the tatoo went… well, I mean the bottom…

    of my big toe would be okay.

    But seriously: hasn’t the whole idea of working at the same company for LIFE gone the way of the non-electric typewriter?

  7. Claude Horvath May 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm | #

    According to,     Primo Levi’s tattoo was 174517.

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