A former business exec who slammed Chick-fil-A in a viral video has fallen on to hard times, going on food stamps and moving his wife and kids into an RV.
The original incident happened in the summer of 2012, when Chick-fil-A was taking heat for its stance on gays. Smith, a financial exec at a medical device company, filmed video as he pulled into a Chick-fil-A drive thru and berated the employee who took his order.
“Chick-fil-A is a hateful corporation,” Smith told the employee. “I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here. I don’t understand it.”
The controversy started when the company’s chief operating officer, Dan Cathy, came out against gay marriage in a national radio interview.
“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage’. I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
Eventually, the company took a step back from Cathy’s stance, saying it would no longer get involved in issues like gay marriage.
“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
While the were many speaking out against the fast food chain at the time, the former exec said the blowback to his Chick-fil-A stunt was immediate.
“I got into work and the receptionist, the first thing, big eyes, ‘Adam, what did you do?’… she said, ‘The voicemail is completely full, and it’s full of bomb threats,'” Smith said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ 20/20.
Smith’s employment didn’t last through the end of that day, losing his $200,000 annual salary as well as the $1 million he had in stock options.
Things have gotten worse since then. Smith moved his family, including wife and four kids, into an RV. He eventually found a new job as a CFO, but was fired two weeks later when his boss found the Chick-fil-A video.
Oddly enough, the exec who slammed Chick-fil-A and ended up on food stamps doesn’t regret the stance he took, but says he wishes he went about it a little differently.
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