I went, resume in hand, to place a job application this morning. My wife called her sister and they said that I should check out the company her husband works for. They have many locations in a multi-state area, and I was told to go to one of the locations to apply.
When I got there, I was told that I had to apply online and that there were no openings anyhow. I got into a conversation with someone there and he told me that I would have a hard time getting a job because of the "white stuff on my head."
Now I've had been told before that I was "overqualified" when I had applied for jobs in the past, and I know that is usually code for "too old." An employer cannot come right out and say you are too old, as that is a violation of federal law.
It isn't right for one to judge people by their age, just as it's not right to judge them by their race, gender, or specific beliefs.
As I was growing up, I found that people judge by social standards. Both sides of my family was from the "other side of the tracks." My mother had a "bad reputation," and my grandfather was the town drunk. I like to treat people as equals and I hope to run into an employer who has the same values, and also see my "white top" as maturity and not oldness.