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All’s Well That Ends Well: Car Salesman Fired For Packers Tie Offered Another Job

You would have to have been living underneath a rock – or perhaps more accurately, not been reading anything on the internet today – if you haven’t heard about the Ballad Of John Stone, the beleaguered car salesman who was fired from a Chicago-area car dealership after wearing a Green Bay Packers tie into work on Monday and refused to take it off, even after a direct order to do so by his boss. Stone, who claims he was wearing the tie to honor his recently deceased grandmother, a lifelong Packers fan, didn’t understand what all the fuss was about, that is until the door to his place of employment hit him on the ass on the way out.

Well, as is often the case with here-today, gone-tomorrow internet heroes, the Ballad of John Stone has a happy ending: the sad sack of a car salesman has been offered a new job with a different Chicago-area dealership. Yay!

The man behind the benevolent act of offering employment to Stone – as well as a savvy businessman who swooped in and snatched a can’t-miss opportunity promote for his delearship – is Guy Cesario of Chevrolet of Homewood.

From a Chicago Tribune story (via The Huddle):

“I think it’s ridiculous, and I felt bad for the guy, because he doesn’t deserve not to have a job,” said Cesario, who said he sympathized with Stone because he grew up as a Cubs fan on the South Side. “Good salesmen are so hard to find…. To put somebody’s livelihood in jeopardy because of a tie is just idiotic.”

Well played, Cesario. You come off as a hero and now comes news that there are several Wisconsin residents that are willing to drive down to your dealership to purchase an automobile from your soon-to-be new employee. Couldn’t have played it any better, that’s for sure. Although I am a bit worried about Cesario’s unorthodox management style and whether or not Stone will be able to adapt to it quickly enough. Here’s how Cesario’s last meeting went when he introduced “friendly” competition between the salesmen:

Cesario: We’re adding a little something to this month’s sales contest. As you all know, first prize is a Chevrolet Equinox. Anybody want to see second prize?

[Holds up prize]

Cesario: Second prize is a Green Bay Packers tie. Third prize is you’re fired.

Ouch. That’s not good for Stone. He already has a Packers tie.

Packers necktie gets car salesman fired [Chicago Tribune (via The Huddle)]