Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Chicago Takes Its Sports Possibly Too Seriously

Posted By on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 12:45 PM

John C. Stone was fired from his job at a Chevrolet dealership in a Chicago suburb for wearing a Packers tie:

Stone said he wore the tie at Webb Chevrolet on Monday — one day after the Packers beat the Chicago Bears in the NFC championship game at Soldier Field — because he’s been a Packers fan since Ahman Green became a star running back for the Packers in 2000. He also said he wore the tie in honor of his 91-year-old grandmother, a Packers fan who died this month.

Stone said that when he showed up at work, general manager Jerry Roberts called him over to his office and told him he would be fired if he didn’t take off his tie. 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,” Stone said. “I’m supposed to dress up. I’m a car salesman.”

Asked by a WGN-Ch. 9 reporter if he’d fired Stone for wearing a Packer’s tie, Webb Chevrolet general manager Jerry Roberts said, “Correct.”

[Chicago Tribune]

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