Teen fired after wearing Broncos jersey to job in Washington
- Blog Post by: Michael Rand
- January 22, 2014 - 2:54 PM
From King5.com in Washington:
Nathaniel Wentz has football in his blood. He and his dad have bonded over the victories and heartbreaks on the gridiron since Nathaniel was just 3 years old.
"I’m a die hard," said Nathaniel.
"We're very passionate about it," added his father, Randall.
On Sunday those passions were tested when Nathaniel was told to go home and change his shirt after coming to work in a Denver Broncos jersey. He says the manager at the Odyssey 1 family entertainment center in Tacoma invited employees to wear jerseys to work on game day to show off their team spirit. Apparently, however, he only meant Seahawks jerseys.
"I thought, wow. Really?" said the elder Wentz.
The father says he asked to talk to the owner, who didn’t call back, so Nathaniel stayed home. The next day he found out he had been fired.
"It was all about you can’t. You can’t represent your team. There’s something wrong with that," said Nathaniel.
The 17-year-old high school quarterback says he was technically fired for not returning to work on Sunday. It turns out, however, you can be fired in Washington for wearing a Broncos jersey, even a Seahawks jersey, if the boss doesn’t like it.
OK, part of us wants to just say: "Look, kid. You have to be smarter than this. If you are invited to wear a jersey to A PLACE YOU WORK on the day of the game that will take the home state team to the Super Bowl, it is implied that you should wear a jersey of the home team. If you are told your attire is not acceptable, then go home and change and come back."
But another part of us wants to say: "Are you kidding? You send a teenage employee home because he's wearing a Broncos jersey? The Seahawks weren't even playing the Broncos ... and aside from that, what's the big deal? People surely would have had fun with it all day -- customers and employees alike."
And one more part of us really doesn't care and can't believe we spent any time thinking about it.
(One part of us just thinks about tater tots, constantly, regardless).
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