A Chicago man who wore a Green Bay Packers tie to work yesterday was sacked for it, the Tribune reports. John Stone, a salesman at a Chevrolet dealership, says he donned the tie in honor of his grandmother, a Packers fan who was buried on Friday. His boss told him if he didn’t remove it, he’d lose his job; Stone took it as a joke, he says.
An hour later, boss Jerry Roberts told him again to take it off; Stone didn't, and was sent packing. Roberts cited the dealership’s past Chicago Bears-related promotions: "I don't feel that it was appropriate for him to go directly in contrast with an advertising campaign that we spent a lot of money on." Stone said that wasn’t explained to him, adding, "I didn't know you could get fired for wearing a tie."