Sports rivalries can be a fun way for co-workers to talk smack and engage in friendly banter in the workplace. That is, unless you’re taking about the NFL’s oldest and most-heated rivalry: the feud between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.
Car salesman John Stone found that out the hard way. According to the Associated Press, Stone, who works in an auto dealership in Oak Lawn, Ill., wore a Packers tie to work on Monday to celebrate the team’s 21-14 win over the Bears in the NFC title game.
That didn’t sit well with his boss, Jerry Roberts, who asked Stone five times to remove the tie. When Stone refused, Roberts fired him. Roberts defended his actions, saying that Webb Chevrolet did promotions with the Chicago team and that a salesman wearing a Packers tie would anger customers deep in Bears country.
Should Stone have been fired? Was Roberts justified in his actions? Should Stone have simply taken off the tie? What do you think?
- By John Brieske, Blog