Car salesman fired in Illinois because of Packers tie

OAK LAWN, Ill. — A car salesman in suburban Chicago has been fired for refusing to remove a Green Bay Packers tie that he wore to work the day after the Packers beat the Chicago Bears to advance to the Super Bowl.

John Stone says he wore the Packers tie to work Monday at Webb Chevrolet in Oak Lawn to honor his late grandmother, who was a big Green Bay fan.

The sentimental gesture did not impress his boss, Jerry Roberts.

Roberts says the dealership has done promotions involving the Bears and he was afraid the tie could alienate the team’s fans and make it harder to sell cars.

Roberts adds that Stone was offered five chances to take off the tie but he refused.

Wow! Bears fans are taking this one game and blowing it out of proportion. I went to my internship at CBS 58 and even they were all mad at each other. One of the women I work with who is a Packers fan couldn’t sleep over at her boyfriend’s house because he was a Bears fan and they lost. She didn’t even rub it in about them going to the Super Bowl. Now people are getting fired for it? It’s one thing to be mad, but it’s another to fire a person from a job in a bad economy for a tie. This is ridiculous… 

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2 Comments on “Car salesman fired in Illinois because of Packers tie”

  1. Ronnie Says:

    Well, his excuse was to honor his grandmother. Honeslty I’m sick of lame excuses. Wearing a tie doesn’t make your grandmother come back to life and it’s not significant enough to not take off. The Packer’s didn’t win the superbowl so the car salesman should be penalized for not taking off the tie and doing his job. He’s also in Illinois and is being obnoxious. He should be less of an idiot at his next job.

    • lockman Says:

      If he wants to honor his grandmother he should be able to. But getting fire over a tie is just wrong. A suspension if the boss wants to be a jackass about it, but firing him is lame. And what difference does it make where he is? Illinois or Green Bay? Who gives a damn. NFL teams have fans all over the world.

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