• Jan 25th 2011 at 5:00PM
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John Stone was fired for wearing this tie (WGNtv.com).
A Chicago-area car salesman was fired for sporting a Green Bay Packers tie at work, Chicago's WGNtv.com and the Chicago Tribune report.

According to John Stone, the unfortunate victim in this bizarre story, he wore the tie out of respect for his 91-year-old grandmother, a devout Packers fan who had passed away just two days before the team's NFC Championship game against the Chicago Bears.

"I didn't know you could get fired for wearing a tie," said Stone to the Chicago Tribune. "I'm supposed to dress up. I'm a car salesman."

The Chicago Tribune reports that when Stone arrived at Webb Chevrolet, the dealership where he worked, manager Jerry Roberts called him into his office and threatened to fire him unless he took off the tie. Thinking it was a joke, Stone simply went back to work. An hour later, however, he was called into Roberts' office and was once again ordered to take off the tie. After he refused, Stone was fired.

Roberts contends that since the dealership had recently run several promotions with the Chicago Bears, an employee showing support for another team conflicted with its interests. "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," said Roberts to WGN reporter Judie Garcia.

According to WGNtv.com, Roberts was also concerned about putting off customers. But when asked if there had been any complaints about Stone's Green Bay tie, Roberts replied ""Not yet, but it was early in the day and we weren't going to give them the opportunity to do so...."

Webb Chevrolet had no comment for AOL Autos.

The whole altercation seems to have been handled in a rather sloppy manner. So we want to know: Who is in the right? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      I find it interesting that they fired him without so much as a customer complaint. If I was his manager I would have warned him that the tie would have to come off is customers started complaining. If anything the tie could have been used as conversation piece to sell more cars.
      • 8 Months Ago
      There are only a few things that an employer can NOT discriminate based on. Unfortunately for this guy, athletic affiliation is not one of them.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Hey John, check your employers Policy & Procedure Manual..........just curious if there is anything in the dress code that specifically addresses this.........just sayin'............stand up for yourself man!
      • 8 Months Ago
      I think the results of the game speaks for it's self, The Bears and the dealership are LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 8 Months Ago
      do what your boss asks of you or suffer the consequences. this guy is an idiot and deserves what he got! he was given a chance and blew it- boohoo!!!
      • 8 Months Ago
      I would LOVE IT if someone could open a website that depicts how petty this dealership is. If they treat their employees with such disrespect, how do you think they will treat their customers? I bet their service department is the worst in the country. Do they require each car they service to display the dealers licence plate emblems in order to get good service? I say allow this petty manager to stay at the dealership and boycot their car sales until the owner cant pay his rent, employees or inventory floor. I'm hoping that GM will discontinue their relationship with Webb Chevrolet forcing them out of business. Jerry Roberts is in NO WAY management material and in fact I hope this arrogant ass finds himself out of a job and living under a bridge in the middle of nowheresville USA.
      • 8 Months Ago
      people please.. once again wasted energy!!!
      • 8 Months Ago
      If theboss says "Takethe tie Off"! He should have taked the tie off. Its not like the boss asked him to run around in his underware. MONDO
      • 8 Months Ago
      I hope he goes to work for their competition!!!!!! Sell a zillion
      • 8 Months Ago
      He was warned twice, his fault. Kind of stupid on his part for such a small thing that he could have corrected.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Wow, how ridiculous. Time to bring in the bottom feeding, blood ******* attorneys. There is a gravy train to board. www.total-anonymity.edu.tc
      • 8 Months Ago
      FIRED! ! oh come on.. I think that in Chicago area is soo immature, I am glad didn't go that car dealer place.. As I am customer when i see that man wear that green bay I RESPECT him and would have buy nice truck thru him. that tie is had nothing to do with in Chicago... I think I should FIRED Cutler as qauterback that is such wimp that hurt his knee, He aint tough to stay on that game to finish . I will fire that quarterback peroid.
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