Adam Smith, who has become known across America as the Chick-fil-A bully, has been fired from his job at Vante in Tuscon, Arizona. Mr. Smith was the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Tuscon based, medical device manufacturer. The company reacted quickly to Smith’s conduct, which they stated did not reflect corporate values. After Smith’s firing, Vante issued the following press release on Thursday evening, August 2, 2012:
“Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith and an employee at Chick-fil-A. Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of our company.”
“The actions of Mr. Smith do not reflect our corporate values in any manner. Vante is an equal opportunity company with a diverse workforce, which holds diverse opinions. We respect the right of our employees and all Americans to hold and express their personal opinions, however, we also expect our company officers to behave in a manner commensurate with their position and in a respectful fashion that conveys these values of civility with others.”
“We hope that the general population does not hold Mr. Smith’s actions against Vante and its employees.”
On Thursday, August 2, Smith posted his self made video on YouTube. In the video, he mercilessly bullied a polite, young, drive-through window attendant named Rachel, at a local, Tuscon area Chick-fil-A. Smith starts the video before he even arrives at the window. He brags to the camera how he will ask for a free water, while denigrating Chick-fil-A. He then drives up, after complaining about the long lines, and asks for his free water. He launches into a tirade against the company and criticizes the incredibly patient and polite young woman for working at the fast food restaurant. In one particularly offensive and smug comment, Smith demands of the worker, “”I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here. I don’t understand it. This is a horrible corporation with horrible values. You deserve better.”
Smith: “You know why I’m getting my free water, right?”
S: “Because Chick-fil-A is a hateful corporation.”
W: “I disagree. We don’t treat any of our customers differently..”
S: “I know, but the corporation gives money to hate groups. Hate groups. Just because people want to kiss another guy.”
W: “I’m staying neutral on this subject… my personal beliefs don’t belong in the workplace.”
S: “Yeah I believe that too, I don’t believe corporations should be giving money to hateful groups.. I’ll take my water”
W: “I’m really uncomfortable that you’re videotaping this..”
W: “It’s my pleasure to serve you, always.”
S: “Oh of course, I’m glad that I can take a little bit of money from Chick-fil-A, and maybe less money to hate groups.”
W: “Well we’re always happy to serve all our guests.”
S: “I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here. I don’t understand it. This is a horrible corporation with horrible values. You deserve better.”
W: “I hope you have a really nice day, and..”
S: “I will, I just did something really good, I feel purposeful, thank you so much.”
S: “Have a good day… I’m a nice guy by the way, and I’m totally heterosexual.. not a gay [unintelligible] in me, I just can’t stand the hate, you know? It’s gotta stop, guys. Stand up.”
The video (see footnote) has gone viral on YouTube and it has been viewed 437,362 times as of 6:30 PM CST Friday. The video has received 587 likes and 8767 dislikes, which means that 94% of the viewers disapprove of the video. The viewer comments, which come from supporters of traditional marriage and from supporters of Gay marriage, reflect a non-partisan rejection of Mr. Smith and his abusive attitude. Reports on the incident were also picked up by the television and print media, which led to a substantial national backlash against Mr.Smith’s behavior.
Yesterday. when Smith had Rachel about ready to burst into tears, he came across like a stereotypical, big shot executive, who is impressed with his own position. He showed no respect for another person’s need to take whatever job may be available, so they can pay the rent and put food on the table. Perhaps, now that Smith is unemployed, he will have a bit more respect for anyone who works long hours for low wages. He might even consider applying for a hands on job making chicken sandwiches at Chick-fil-A.
Update 8:30 PM CST:
We continue our earlier report on Adam Smith, the man known as the Chick-fil-A bully. Smith, who lost his job for posting a self made video on Youtube, in which he verbally attacked a Chick-fil-A worker named Rachel, has apparently reached out to Mike Opelka at the Blaze to give his side of the story.
Smith has made several statements about the incident, his firing and his current personal situation.
He claims he was not allowed to properly explain his conduct prior to being fired.
He claims his family is receiving death threats and vulgar, threatening emails.
He claims that his home address was made public and he was forced to leave his home as a result. He stressed that he is a married, father of 4, with 2 adopted, special needs children.
Inquisitr will continue to update as new information becomes available.
Footnote: There are 2 versions of the video on YouTube. Totals are based on adding the 2 together.