A car salesman in suburban Chicago has been fired for refusing to remove a Green Bay Packers tie that he wore to work the day after the Packers beat the Chicago Bears to advance to the Super Bowl.
John Stone says he wore the Packers tie to work Monday at Webb Chevrolet in Oak Lawn to honor his late grandmother, who was a big Green Bay fan.
The sentimental gesture did not impress his boss, Jerry Roberts.
Roberts told the Associated Press the dealership has done promotions involving the Bears and he was afraid the tie could alienate the team's fans and make it harder to sell cars. He also said that Stone was offered five chances to take off the tie but he refused.
WGN News spoke to Stone, who said he was not aware of the Bears promotion and would have removed the tie if that had been explained to him.
Guy Cesario, the General Manager of Chevrolet in Homewood, heard the news of Stone's firing and offered the father of two a job.
"We're always looking for good sales value and John strikes me as someone who has really good family values and he's excited to work," Cesario told WGN.
WATCH WGN's interview with Stone here: