By David Thomas on January 24, 2011
By now you’ve probably heard the story of John C. Stone, the car salesman who was fired for wearing a Green Bay Packers necktie at his job at an Oak Lawn, Ill. Chevrolet dealership (Oak Lawn is a Chicago suburb) the day after the Chicago Bears lost to the Packers in the NFC Championship Game.
Many people are outraged that Stone was fired over something so trivial. But we’ve heard stories of car shoppers being offended by salesman over trivial matters and heading to another dealership. A Bears fan might react the same way upon meeting — nay, even seeing — Stone’s attire at the Chevy dealership.
Heck, it wouldn’t even need to be the day after a heartbreaking loss for me. As a lifetime Miami Dolphins fan, if I walked into a dealership and the salesman was wearing a New York Jets tie, I’d walk out the door. I probably wouldn’t even speak to him. Well, maybe I’d just ask for another salesman. I mean, I did go through the trouble of going for a test drive, after all.
Stone got a job offer this morning, so he should land on his feet and be able to enjoy the big game.
Packers Necktie Gets Car Salesman Fired (Chicago Tribune)
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David