Packers necktie gets Chicago car salesman fired
When it came time to dress for work Monday morning, John C. Stone, a big Green Bay Packers fan, did what any self-respecting Packers fan would do the day after his team advanced to the Super Bowl.
He topped off his workday outfit with a tasteful Green Bay Packers tie.
Which would have been fine had he worked any place other than Chicago, whose Bears were the vanquishees in the NFC championship game Sunday and for any business other than one that had had a connection with the Bears.
Stone, a 34-year-old car salesman at an Oak Lawn, Ill., Chevrolet dealership, was pulled aside by his supervisor, Jerry Roberts, and asked to remove the tie. Thinking it was a joke, Stone went about his work. A little later, Roberts asked again. When Stone didn't remove the tie, he was fired, he said.
"I didn't know you could get fired for wearing a tie," Stone told the Chicago Tribune. He's been a Packers fan since 2000 and wore the tie also in honor of his recently deceased grandmother, a Packers fan as well. "I'm supposed to dress up. I'm a car salesman."
Roberts confirmed that he'd fired Stone, telling WGN that the dealership had done promotions with the Bears. "I don't feel that it was appropriate for him to go directly in contrast with an advertising campaign that we spent a lot of money on," Roberts told WGN.
Quickly, he was offered a job at another dealership in the area and has become a media darling.
"I didn't know all this publicity was going to come with this," Stone told the Tribune. "But you know what? It lets me know who has my back."
| January 25, 2011; 2:25 PM ET
Categories: Super Bowl XLV
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