to be honest, I kind of like the look of this. It doesn't gross me out, any more than any other piercing (although I will admit that I have a bit of a 'phobic' thing towards nipple piercings, where I feel the same way about them as you do about this, and that is, the ripping out thing).
I can see how this would get caught easily. I could never wear my engagement ring at work for that reason (it was prohibited), and the odd time that I forgot to take it off, I knew it immediately, because I'd feel it catch within the first half hour (so would immediately remove it). In this case, it would be more complicated, but that ring could be removed, as long as it wasn't for too long, but they usually can be taken out for a shift once they heal. And even if they can't, they can be covered with bandaids or other items to protect the area and other surfaces. That's what my daughter had to do when she worked at Timmies and had fresh (exposed) piercings. Not really the end of the world. ;-)
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