In the midst of my job searching, I've agreed to help out the folks at a major pharmaceutical concern with offices in downtown D.C. The position is temporary and only pays $20/hour. The hiring process is through a temp agency, rather than the company's H.R. department, which has been a mixed bag.
Not only do I have to go through a criminal background check, but I had to undergo a drug test. I don't object to that. And, since I've never smoked pot, snorted coke, shot up heroin, cooked meth, used any illegal substances, consumed alcohol, or abused federally regulated OTC or prescription medications, I have nothing to hide or worry about. Nevertheless, taking this drug test was no cake walk.
You're probably thinking it should have been, though, right? I mean, how hard can it be to pee in a cup or have your blood drawn? Not so hard. But is this the way they conduct drug tests these days?
Noooooooo. No sirree, indeedy. They do not ask you to pee in a cup or prick your finger. Now, they cut your hair.
Yep, that's right. You get a haircut.
And they don't need just one or two strands of hair. Oh, no. That would be easy. They need a quantity of hair the equivalent thickness of a pencil! That's right. Sharpen up that old No. 2, 'cause that's what they're takin'.
I don't wear my hair long to begin with and I just had it cut about 10 days ago, so it's on the short side right now. And because it's short, if it's cut poorly, it shows. In the case of this particular test, they cut off a hair sample at your scalp. No simple snip, snip. We're talking near scalping, folks.
I'm not usually bothered by stuff like this, but I have to say, my participation in this procedure has seriously bothered me. I now have two fuzzy spots on my head where the lab tech cut my hair almost to the skin. I can feel what my head would feel like if I were to shave all of my hair off. And while the thought of actually doing that one day feels daring, this is disconcerting.
Oh, sure, I understand the reason for the drug test, especially if you're going to work for a pharmaceutical company. No one wants to hire a junky. But still...
Is this really worth $20/hour?