Car salesman fired for wearing a Packers necktie

A Green Bay Packers necktie wound up putting a suburban Chicago car salesman in quite a bind.

John Stone said he wore a Packers tie to work on Monday to honor his late grandmother, a big Packers backer, and the choice of apparel cost him his job. Stone was fired by Webb Chevrolet general manager Jerry Roberts for wearing the tie.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Stone said Roberts called him into his office and told him to remove the tie or he would be fired. Stone said he thought Roberts was joking. An hour later, Stone said Roberts told him to remove the tie on the showroom floor of the Oak Lawn dealership. When he didn’t, he was canned.

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

Roberts said the dealership has done promotions involving the Chicago Bears in the past.

“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," Roberts told WGN-TV.

Wonder how Chevrolet feels about the whole thing?

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