Fired Packers Tie Guy Gets Better Offer

It didn't even take 24 hours for Chicago-area resident John C. Stone to get another job offer after being fired for wearing his Green Bay Packers tie to work on Monday. He was let go from his position as a car salesman at Webb Chevrolet in Oak Lawn after refusing a request from his manager to remove the green and yellow tie.

Stone, the father of two, says he thought manager Jerry Roberts was kidding when he called him into the office and asked him to ditch the team logo neckwear. But Roberts says he was very serious, claiming that he asked Stone five times to remove the tie, saying it "salted the wounds" of Bears fans who were still raw after the Packers beat the hometown team to advance to the Super Bowl the day before.

Roberts also said Stone's visible support of the team was bad for the Bears-loving business, and could undermine some of the advertising deals and promotions that Webb has with the Bears.

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The tie was not meant to tweak Bears fans, but to honor his recently passed grandmother, who was an avid Green Bay supporter, according to Stone.

The story made international news, getting picked up as far away as New Zealand and England, not to mention by major U.S. news networks. Among the numerous calls Stone received was one from a rival Chevy dealer, Guy Cesario of Chevrolet of Homewood, also in the Chicago area.

Cesario says he's been fielding calls all day from Packers fans pledging to buy a Chevy from his dealership if he hires Stone. And he doesn't believe he'll alienate Bears fans, either, mentioning that his salesmen often wear the colors of rival teams and that it's "all in good fun."

Stone is not jumping into anything yet, however. He says he's taking his time to make his next professional move, and wants to meet with Cesario in person first. It might be a good thing to wait, as he could need a little extra vacation time. Rumor has it there's an all-expenses paid trip to Dallas and prime Super Bowl tickets in his future -- in the Packers section, of course.


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Ken

The manager had a VERY valid point and was well within his rights to do it. Sports teams, especially at this time of year, can have a HUGE massive effect on sales, and after all, the company IS a BUSINESS! For instance, I would NEVER ever for any reason whatsoever buy anything from a salesman wearing something even close to resembling Shpitsburgh Stealers (misspellings intentional) items. Just sayin'.....

January 26 2011 at 9:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jmkjr72

He told the paper he thought Stone was trying to gloat to his co-workers one day after the Packers defeated the hometown Chicago Bears in the NFC title game.

"If he would have worn the Packers tie on Saturday or the day before the Super Bowl, it would have been construed very differently," Roberts told the paper.

oh and the fact that he has been offered his job back the dealership knows they were in the wrong to fire him

January 26 2011 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Darkness

WEll the Bears Fans of Chicago are fucking Dumbasses. There Bears have never Won anything. Maybe if the Bears had some actual talent they coulda won. Bears Suck!!!!! Cutler chose not go back in and play. Fuck Chicago its full of Niggers.

January 26 2011 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob

To the manager at the Chevy Dealer YOUR FIRED Ass%^&*. If that kid takes you to court you will be found guilty. you cant tell him to take off a tie. and it the people you talk about get mad about the Packers winning to bad,. JERK your mother was an army flunky and your dad was a sissy. Fire me ass54#)(&#E bite

January 26 2011 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michelle

Unless the dealership has a dress code in place, i.e.; no sports/sports logo items to be worn at work, the dealership is in the WRONG and should be reprimanded for a wrongful termination!

If I lived in the Chicago area, they would NOT have my business.......... And I am a JETS fan living in So. Calif.........

January 26 2011 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cecil B. DeMille

This guy is a loser who was looking for attention. A car salesman , or any salesman, is in the business of pleasing people and wearing something that may be offensive to some, simply is not good business. My guess would be he wasn't one of the top producers!!!!!!

January 26 2011 at 4:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
me

corporate stupidity at its finest.

January 26 2011 at 4:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ro0bert

"Two" faced...oops

January 26 2011 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mike

GM should have gone out of business.... Their product are garbage anyway! Mopar and Ford are far superior, It's like buying medication, you could buy the real thing, but settle for the generic cause it will do the same job...

January 26 2011 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ro0bert

Yes, getting fired for wearing the "Packers" tie is stupid. I'm betting the farm EVERY employee at this Chevy dealer DOES NOT drive a Chevy, or any other GM car for that matter. What about those driving Ford, Dodge, Toyota, etc? Are they getting fired as well? I'm guessing they dont. Having said that I realize all employees dont "parade" around the showrooom with their "off brand" cars, but a quick check of the employee parking lot probably reveals a lot of those "other" cars... Tow faced to say the least...

January 26 2011 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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