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Car salesman who was fired over Packers tie gets a job offer

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.

Job offer for car salesman with Packers necktie [Chicago Breaking Sports]
Green Bay fan sent ‘packing’ [MSNBC video]
Other ties that will get you fired in Chicago [Off the Bench]

  1. swisscheesedefense - Jan 26, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Not sure how I would feel about someone named Guy Cesario having my back.

  2. tedthejanitor - Jan 26, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    This incident is so yesterday… Move on!

  3. speedyflorida - Jan 27, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Obviously Jerry Roberts, who fired Stone on Monday, is a “complete moron when it comes to understanding “relationship sales”. Roberts failed to realize that many car buyers “could care less about Football or even sports” aside from the fact that Stone’s customers likely know he’s a Packers fan. Roberts made a huge management error and simply made Mr. Stone a National Celebrity… leaving Stone looking like the immature fool that he is.

    The job offers are “rolling in for Stone” and Roberts has succeeded in TARNISHING the image of his dealership. I wonder how the folks at Chevrolet appreciate the negative publicity?

    Here’s wishing Mr. Stone the very best of success !