HR Strange But True!
January 27, 2011

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, football fans may want to be careful how they show support for their team in the workplace. At least that’s the case for one man, whose tie got him terminated.

It all started when rival teams, Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears, battled to advance to the Super Bowl. When the Packers won, an enthusiastic salesman at a car dealership in Chicago sported a Green Bay tie to work the next day. That’s when things got ugly.

According to the Sun Times, a manager at the dealership gave the Packers fan an ultimatum. “He said, ‘You have two options,’ ” the employee told reporters. “Remove the tie, or you’re fired.” The employee was reportedly given five chances to remove the tie. When he refused, he was terminated.

The manager defended his action, noting that the dealership has business deals with the Chicago Bears, such as sponsoring the “Most Valuable Bear” award.

“We spend $20,000 a month on advertising with the Bears on WBBM during the season, and we have Bears players including Corey Wootten driving loaner vehicles, and here was a salesman openly undoing that work.”

However, if you are sympathizing with the Green Bay fan, don’t feel too bad. Chicago newspapers are already reporting that he has a potential job offer from at least one other dealership. Due to the national media coverage, he was even offered his old job back, an offer he turned down, reported USA Today.

This isn't the first time we've heard about a football fashion faux pas that ended with an employee losing their job. Earlier in the season, we reported on a radio host in Arkansas getting fired after she wore a rivals baseball cap to a sports news conference.



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