A Chicago man has been fired for refusing to remove the Green Bay Packers tie he wore to work the day after the Packers beat the Chicago Bears to advance to the Super Bowl.
John Stone was working as a car salesman at Webb Chevrolet in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn. He says he wore the Packers tie Monday to honor his late grandmother, who was a big Green Bay fan.
Stone said that when he showed up at work, general manager Jerry Roberts called him over to his office and then ordered him to take off the Packers tie or else he would be fired. Stone said he thought Roberts was joking and went back to work.
An hour later, Stone said, Roberts came to the showroom floor and again demanded he take off the tie. When he didn’t, he was fired, Stone said.
“I didn’t know you could get fired for wearing a tie,” said Stone, 34, of Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood. “I’m supposed to dress up. I’m a car salesman.”
Roberts, obviously, has a different story.
The GM says his dealership has worked on 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 of the tie and refused to do it.