Chicago Man Fired for Wearing Packers Tie

Boss sends John Stone packing, cites Bears-related advertising
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 25, 2011 11:08 AM CST
A Chicago man was fired for wearing a Green Bay Packers tie.   (Packers Pro Shop)

(Newser) – 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."

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