Sometimes things just piss me off. This story is one of them.
As many of your know, I am a Packer fan. The Bears lost to the Packers on Sunday (and now will be heading to the SuperBowl WOOOHOOOO!) John Stone decided to wear a Green Bay Packers tie he's had for years to honor his late grandmother, a huge Packers fan to work yesterday. Now, John isn't even a Packer fan himself. His boss asked him to remove it or else he'd be fired. Not thinking he could actually be serious, he left the tie on. An hour later, he was fired.
Illinois is an “at will” state which means that you can be fired for any reason. However, because the general manager at this place is an idiot — they won't be getting any of my business. There are plenty of car dealerships on that street who won't fire an employee for wearing a Packer tie. Obviously, Packer fans are not welcome at Webb Chevrolet.
(I do want to add that the dealership had previously done promotions involving the Chicago Bears and the manager did say “I don't feel that it was appropriate for him to go directly in contrast with an advertising campaign that we spent a lot of money on.” However, Stone said the reasons for firing him were never made clear to him, nor did he get a chance to explain the tie's emotional significance.)