January 25, 2011

Chicago man wears Packers tie to work, is promptly fired: From Chicago's WGNtv.com comes the unfortunately real story of a Chicago car salesman who was fired because he wore a Green Bay Packers tie to work. And making it even worse, the man wore it because his grandma was a Packers fan who had recently died and was buried two days before her beloved team's NFC Championship game matchup with the Chicago Bears.

posted by BornIcon to football at 02:55 PM - 10 comments

What else would you expect? It's Chicago.

posted by graymatters at 03:14 PM on January 25, 2011

I heard this story, but with a few more details, earlier. The grandmother excuse is lame--it's just a cheap attempt to get some sympathy. He wore the tie because he wanted to celebrate the Packers' victory, and that's fine. Now, I hope his boss didn't consider him to be an especially valuable employee, as this is a dumb thing to fire someone over, but if this guy (as a car salesman) is physically interacting with customers, then his employer certainly has a right to decide that his dress is inappropriate.

posted by bender at 04:09 PM on January 25, 2011

Send the guy home, tell him to change his tie before coming back to work, dock him for time missed. Helluva lot cheaper for the company than paying out unemployment benefits or a wrongful termination lawsuit.

posted by NerfballPro at 04:26 PM on January 25, 2011

Sounds like there is more to this story than a one-off tie wearing incident. I agree with NerfballPro too. There are plenty of ways to deal with inappropriate clothing at work.

posted by lampshade at 04:56 PM on January 25, 2011

I'm just not that sympathetic. If I went to buy a car at a dealership in my hometown on the day after my team lost to a heated rival, and I was confronted with that tie, I would just go to a different car dealership. I would also probably never return. So, in light of people like me who take being fans too seriously, it was probably a wise move on the dealerships part. Furthermore, he was given the option to remove the tie and chose not to do so. He clearly takes his allegiance to his team far too seriously as well.

posted by bperk at 05:22 PM on January 25, 2011

From reading the article, the sales rep was fired for insubordination, in that he was asked to remove the tie twice, and refused. I'm not buying his line about thinking that the boss was joking. Not really buying the Grandma bit either.

Now, all that being said, I will agree that a wise boss handles this differently, making sure it doesn't become a news story. However, I have terminated workers for dress code violations, one time on the first offense. (One shouldn't alter a company's logo into a overtly sexual symbol without expecting repercussions). You might be surprised how often people will jeopardize their jobs over relatively minor dress code issues.

posted by dviking at 05:31 PM on January 25, 2011

I'm guessing that the dealership isn't north of town, closer to the Wisconsin line, where there are pockets of Packer zealots ready to rise to the occasion.

I'm getting a kick out of the rise of Caleb Hanie out of all this. Cutler is admittedly not a good cultural fit for the Bears (a big brawny Rust Belt guy like Roethlisberger would totally own a Bears uni), but Caleb Hanie is a name right out of a lost episode of Green Acres.

A Texas boy showing some promise running the Bears offense? Next thing you know, some swimming hole rope swinger from Mississippi will be trying to make a name for himself up in Green Bay or Minneapolis.

posted by beaverboard at 07:01 PM on January 25, 2011

I'm guessing that the dealership isn't north of town, closer to the Wisconsin line, where there are pockets of Packer zealots ready to rise to the occasion.

Actually, it's located in the south suburbs. And how exactly is Cutler not a good "cultural" fit? I'm not even sure what that means.

posted by willthrill72 at 11:29 PM on January 25, 2011

And how exactly is Cutler not a good "cultural" fit?

Sonofabitch likes New York style pizza. And thinks Heilman's Old Style tastes like like ass.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:02 AM on January 26, 2011

New York style pizza

You mean Pizza?

If this guy is smart, he will be getting his resume (complete with media coverage) to every car dealership in Wisconsin.

posted by cjets at 12:49 AM on January 26, 2011

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