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August 3, 2012

Poetic Justice: Chick-fil-A Bully Adam Smith Fired After Self-Posted Video Goes Viral

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Adam Smith, the douche who videotaped himself getting free water at a Chick-Fil-A drive-thru for no other reason other than just to berate and humiliate the young woman serving him while pointing a camera at her and then post it on YouTube ... has been fired. He is now the former CFO of Vante in Tucson, AZ.


As Breitbart reports, in his video Smith said he was happy to feel "purposeful" in condemning the Chick-Fil-A employee over CEO Dan Cathy's same-sex-marriage remarks. The video went viral, and citizen journalists tracked him down online and grabbed copies of his resume. His employer, Vante, released this statement:

Vante of Tucson, AZ Regrets Actions of Former CFO

Employee Has Left the Company TUCSON, AZ--(Marketwire - Aug 2, 2012) - The following is a statement from Vante: 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.

Adam Smith's firing is well deserved ... and he can blame no one but himself. As Patterico points out, Smith's disgusting behavior went way beyond just being a jerk ... the woman at the window obviously could not respond with what she might wish to say because her rhetorical hands are tied by being a customer service representative of her employer. By telling the woman "I don't know how you live with yourself and work here" while pointing a camera at her, Smith fully intended to personally humiliate her -- to punish her for having the nerve to try to earn a living at a restaurant whose owner has said and done things with which Smith disagrees. And Smith intended to take the video of her humiliation and spread it as far and wide as possible:
So he berated a low-wage food service worker for views that weren't necessarily hers, in a situation where she had no ability to respond in kind, as a way to embarrass and harass her in the most public way he could manage.

That's the behavior of a bully.

It would have been different if Smith had chosen to confront Dan Cathy with a video camera. Cathy can defend himself. He is not constrained to be polite in the same way the nameless food service worker was.

Patterico goes on to appropriately note that Chick-Fil-A should promote the woman in the video. She handled a difficult situation with poise and grace.
Adam Smith intended to make her the face of Chick-Fil-A -- and believed that would be a bad thing for the company. Now, on computer screens across the nation, she is the face of Chick-Fil-A -- and it does the company credit. If Dan Cathy hasn't already gotten on the phone to make sure she gets ahead in the organization, then he's blowing a golden opportunity.
In the slim chance that you haven't already seen it, this is the video that cost Adam Smith his job at Vante:

Posted by Hyscience at August 3, 2012 11:10 AM

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