Chicago Car Salesman Fired over Packers Tie

January 26th, 2011 by Staff


www.cbsnews.com – Sometimes, even if you wear a tie to work, you lose your job for it.

Just ask John Stone. The Chicago-area car salesman was fired for refusing to take off his Green Bay Packers tie – the day after the Packers ended the hometown Bears’ season in the NFC title game.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, Stone showed up for work at Webb Chevrolet in Oak Lawn, sporting the green and gold necktie to honor his favorite team.

The wardrobe choice did not amuse his boss, Jerry Roberts.

Roberts fired the veteran car salesman, telling the Sun Times that the tie was “salting the wounds” of Bears fans and that it “makes it harder to sell cars in what’s already a competitive sales environment.”

Roberts added that he gave Stone five chances to remove the tie. He refused.

“If he loves the tie more than his job, he’s welcome to keep wearing it — elsewhere,” Roberts told the newspaper.

Stone was miffed.

“I was just showing my love for my team and it was a nice, smart tie that matched my clothes,” he told the Sun Times. “None of the customers minded: they had a sense of humor about it.”

Apparently his boss didn’t.

This isn’t the first time that a choice of sports attire has cost someone their job. Last August, an Arkansas radio host was fired for wearing a Florida Gators hat to a local press conference.


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