Chicago car salesman fired for wearing Packers tie to work

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John Stone, a thirty-four-year-old car salesman and Packers fan who worked at Webb Chevrolet in South Suburban Oak Lawn, showed up to work like any other Monday morning, except this time it was the day after the Super Bowl-bound Green Bay Packers had vanquished the hometown Chicago Bears, and Stone was wearing a Packers tie. Webb general manager Jerry Roberts wasn't amused. He demanded that Stone remove the sore reminder necktie, giving him five chances to do so, with Stone refusing each time. According to a furious Stone, Roberts said "You have two options, remove the tie, or you're fired." And when he didn't, Roberts allegedly sent Stone packing, saying "You can leave, you're fired. Does that sound fair to you?"

Stone, a father of two who had only been working at Webb Chevrolet for a month-and-a-half, grew up in Chicago but started rooting for the Packers because he admired players such as Ahman Green and Brett Favre. It was probably a smart move, considering the vast reserves of masochism required to be a Chicago sports fan. "I was just showing my love for my team and it was a nice, smart tie that matched my clothes — none of the customers minded: they had a sense of humor about it."

Roberts admitted that Stone was a solid salesman, having sold fourteen cars in December. But he claimed the tie, which Stone purchased at a Wal-Mart three years ago and wore at his former Dodge dealership gig, was "salting the wounds" of Bears fans, including himself. Roberts also revealed that he spent twenty-thousand dollars a month on advertising with the Bears during the season, with Bears players even driving loaner cars. There's a saying that when you root for a sports team, you root for the laundry. But in this case, it appeared, one man was wearing his dirty laundry in public.