Robert Chesley

Chicago Man Fired Over a NFL Necktie

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According to the Chicago Tribune a man was fired because he wore a Green Bay Packers tie to work on Monday.

It’s stories like this one that make me feel ashamed to be a sports fan. John Stone, who formally worked at a car dealership, wore a Green Bay Packers tie because his late Grandma was a fan and wanted to honor her memory after the Packers won on Sunday night. The General Manager of the Car dealership apparently had advertising contracts with the Chicago Bears, who lost to the Packers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. This is what the Tribune reported:

John Stone said that when he showed up at work, general manager Jerry Roberts called him over to his office and then ordered him to take off the Packers tie or else he would be fired. 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,” said Stone, 34, of Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood. “I’m supposed to dress up. I’m a car salesman.”

I can understand where the General Manager is coming from, but you don’t fire a guy because he is wearing a sports’ team tie. Considering had it been a Bears tie there would have been no conflict. You fire a guy for wearing indecent clothes sure, but never for something like this.

Could you imagine getting fired over wearing a trivial piece of clothing? Or if threatened, would you have just taken off the tie and said “Screw it.”?

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