There’s being a fan and then there’s being a fan. Losing your job in one of the worst economies in American history because you’re committed to a football team? Now that’s a real fan — or one of the most stubborn in the U.S. depending on your outlook.
John Stone, a 34-year-old car salesman who had worked at Webb Chevrolet in the Chicago area, was fired on Monday because he showed up for work wearing a Green Bay Packers tie and refused to remove it. Stone told the Chicago Sun-Times that his boss, Jerry Roberts, told him he had two choices — take the tie off or lose his job. When Stone chose the latter after five warnings, Roberts told him he was fired.
Wearing the tie may seem harmless to the outside viewer, but Roberts claims it could present serious problems and “make it harder to sell cars in what’s already a competitive environment.” Roberts also said his dealership has deals with the Bears for advertising and some Chicago players even drive loaners from Webb Chevrolet.