Jan 26, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT
He’s not homeless — the prerequisite for true Internet fame these days — but Oak Lawn, Ill., car salesman John Stone is jobless, and that’s something. Stone, as you most likely know, was fired from a Chicago-area car dealership for wearing a Packers tie the day after the Bears lost in the NFC title game.
But now, after a flurry of publicity, things are looking rosy for the green-and-gold fanatic. Not only does Stone have a job offer from another car dealership, but after a number of angry calls, the guy who fired him said that he’d welcome Stone back. (Video below).
“He could come back today,” said Webb Chevrolet general manager Jerry Roberts, who fired Stone on Monday. “In fact we’ve got a lot of leads from the Internet from people who want to buy cars from him.”
To his credit, Stone replied:
“I don’t think it was smart, firing someone over a tie. I wouldn’t go back there.”
And, from Breaking Sports Chicago:
“I didn’t know all this publicity was going to come with this,” Stone said in an interview Tuesday morning. “But you know what? It lets me know who has my back.”
Guy Cesario, the general manager of Chevrolet of Homewood, offered Stone a job Tuesday morning while Stone was being interviewed on WGN-Ch. 9.
Now if we can just keep Dr. Phil from sticking his big nose into this, all will end well.
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