Chicago Car Salesman Fired for Wearing Green Bay Packers Tie

January 27, 2011

What a story. After John Stone, a Chevy car salesman at Webb Chevrolet in Oak Lawn, Illinois got fired for refusing (five times) to remove his Green Bay Packers necktie, things are looking up for the father of two. He’s received at least one offer from another Chevy dealership – undoubtedly one that sees a gem in the making – and calls from potential customers in several states.

What’s all the fuss about? In Chicago Bears territory, Stone’s former boss felt that his salesman wearing the Packers tie was like rubbing salt in a wound. After all, the fifth time Stone wore the Packers tie was Monday – the day after Green Bay beat the Chicago Bears to clinch the NFC Championship. That was the end of Stone’s employment at Webb.

Oh, well. Now that the story has gone international – and it doesn’t hurt that Green Bay Packers will challenge the AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV Feb. 6 – there may be a whole lot of customers traveling hundreds of miles just to buy a new Chevy from Stone at whatever Chevy dealership he lands at.

While his former employer reportedly offered Stone his old job back, Stone’s got his sights set elsewhere – like Chevrolet of Homewood, if that job offer comes through.

Can’t really blame him, can we?

Sports team fan rivalry makes for great competition. Sort of like the car business, when you think about it.

Stone told the Chicago Sun-Times that a guy called him from Wisconsin to say he’d buy a Tahoe SUV from him. If it works out, as Stone hopes it does, the Wisconsin customer may be just part of a growing cadre of new Chevy intenders coming to see the erstwhile Packers fan.

Let’s see, Chevrolet is a full-line maker of family cars, muscle and sports cars, crossovers, SUVs, pickups large and small, and minivans. That’s a big lineup for potential sales for Stone.

Especially if the Packers win the Super Bowl.

Come to think of it, maybe the Wisconsin guy can buy the Tahoe and drive it to Arlington for the game...

[Chicago Sun-Times]

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