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Ex-CFO Who Berated Chick-fil-A Employee Still Jobless

Ex-CFO Who Berated Chick-fil-A Employee Still Jobless

Reportedly on food stamps

Back in 2012, gay marriage activists targeted Chick-fil-A for the company owner’s traditional stance on the issue.

One such protester was Adam Smith, who decided to make a video of himself berating an innocent Chick-fil-A drive through employee who responded to his attack with grace and respect.

The stunt backfired on Smith, who was quickly fired from his job and now finds himself on food stamps.

FOX News reported:

Ex-CFO who criticized Chick-fil-A reportedly now on food stamps after outcry

A CFO who drew widespread condemnation after berating a Chick-fil-A employee in a video that went viral three years ago is out of work and on food stamps, according to a published report.

Adam Smith, 37, was the CFO of a medical device manufacturer in Arizona until the summer of 2012, when he started protested Chick-fil-A’s stance on gay marriage to an employee at a drive-thru.

“Chick-fil-A is a hateful company,” Smith told the employee. “I don’t know how you sleep at night,” Smith adds at another point. This is a horrible corporation with horrible values.”

After the employee, who never loses her composure, wished Smith a nice day, he responded, “I will. I just did something really good. I feel purposeful.”

Since then, Smith was fired from his job, and his wife and four children lost their home. The family was forced to sell and give away their possessions and move into an RV. He is now on food stamps, he says.

“I don’t regret the stand I took, but I regret… the way I talked to her,” he told ABC News’ “20/20.”

Last night, the panel on Red Eye discussed the issue:

Smith has written a book about the experience which has been panned on Amazon.

The book is titled Million Dollar Cup of Water: Discovering the Wealth in Authenticity

Here are some choice reviews:

A MUST READ !!!!!!!!
Adam Smith is courageously battling the Evil Homophobes operating fast food chicken franchises. He will not rest until every teenage girl working the drive through feels the wrath of his pent up, projected homoerotic frustrations.

Arrogant, pompous, self righteous: I read the book because of the publicity about how the author filmed himself bullying a hapless restaurant employee, and how he then had the poor taste to post it on the internet. The idea that a big time corporate executive making $200,000 a year/million dollar stock option benefit package would think that yelling an $9 an hour laborer is some kind of blow for social justice is very arrogant, short sighted, rude, and petty.

What a tiresome piece of drivel this book was to read. Justifications, blame for others when the author should have taken the blame himself and such self pity cloaked as enlightenment. I came away feeling pity for such a clueless individual and embarrassed that he still does not ‘get it’.

His journey was only his head, he learned nothing from his experience other than it was someone elses fault.

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I think it is safe to say that Adam Smith never believed that he would be held responsible for his actions. Not in a gazillion years. Accountability is for the inferior little people, and not our self-anointed moral and intellectual betters like Adam Smith.

Personally, I would hire Smith – but only after he completes therapy to help him overcome his bigotry and better manage his anger.

Karma is a bitch. Trust me on this, that wasn’t the first time he behaved as an asshat.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Sheep. | March 29, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I am sure his asshattery extended way beyond his views on homosexual marriage. Some high-level executives see themselves as somehow above it all. He is the kind who treats waiters, parking attendants, receptionists, and other “common people” like something brown and unpleasant stuck to his heel.

    I bet his (leased) car was German.

I just love stories like this with happy endings.

It was the power differential that was so offensive. He would never talk to an equal such as another CFO or his boss that way. His disrespect, misogyny, aggression towards a young female working in drive thru window who he knew could not escape HIS CAMERA and AUDIO recording device was a violation of her privacy. She did not consent to be being recorded while being bullied and abused nor it being broadcast to the world. He has no judgement. He has no self control. He should not work around others because he has no respect.

Hope his kids turn out OK. I’m not terribly optimistic.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Rab. | March 29, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Oddly enough, the kids are likely to be just fine. I went to high school with some folks that achieved high-level positions in society. One I know of, who was always an imperious snob (“do you know who my daddy is?”) achieved a high position in the federal court system and got even worse. His kids have nothing to do with him.

    MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to Rab. | March 29, 2015 at 11:45 am

    With a little luck, they don’t have his genes.

When a lib idiot can’t make it in Portlandia he is truly screwed. However, perhaps there is a management training program at Chick-Fil-A. Amazingly enough I would not be surprised if they gave him a chance. They seem to be that kind of Christian family.

    Larry Sheldon in reply to Anchovy. | March 30, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Rachel Elizabeth is probably an Manager (if not an owner) today–he should go ask her for a job. But not as a bookkeeper.

Subotai Bahadur | March 28, 2015 at 10:03 pm

I take great pleasure in hearing about his ongoing encounters with Darwin, and hearing about his trying to actually publicize his situation with a book. I know it will take a lot more examples to change the behavior of the Left. But they have as an article of faith that there will never be any adverse consequences for anything that they ever do. It’s a small start!

If only all the nasty and obnoxious leftists got their comeuppance in a similar fashion, there wouldn’t be so many of them. Being a jerk is only fun if there are no consequences or, better yet, the enthusiastic approval of your fellow-travelers.

JackRussellTerrierist | March 28, 2015 at 11:18 pm

HAHAHAHAHA! Gosh, how convenient! He can go to all the drive-thrus that he wants in his very own house.

Karma is such a bitch. Go suck an egg, Smith, if you can afford one.

After Obama was elected, a lot of progressives got very bold and decided they no longer had to hide their true selves. It must have come as a shock to find that most people aren’t on board with their hatred, bigotry and stupidity.

“Since then, Smith was fired from his job, and his wife and four children…”

Why is a supposedly straight married man with four kids so passionate about gay marriage?

I bet my gaydar that he has a profile on Grindr and Manhunt.

NC Mountain Girl | March 29, 2015 at 2:13 am

Remember this brave social justice warrior posted his video under a user name. When it started to go viral in a way he did not intend, he deleted it from his personal account. Too late. By then not only had people downloaded copies and re-posted it, they had also tracked down his name, his employer and his adjunct position at a college lecturer.

I am reminded of the morons who recently ganged up and tweeted vile comments about what they would like to go to Curt Schilling’s teenage daughter. Those jerks also thought they could “make jokes” under user names that they would never say in person, especially to the father of a 17 year old girl. It took Schilling and the readers of his blog no time at all to make screen caps and out the jerks who were counting on anonymity to their employers, their college administrators and their coaches/athletic directors.

As Schilling reminded those who tormented his daughter, post your shortcomings on the internet and it will be their forever.

    stevewhitemd in reply to NC Mountain Girl. | March 29, 2015 at 9:24 am

    It’s a lesson to all of us, isn’t it. I try to keep my own comments (here or elsewhere) reasonable and moderate in tone for exactly that reason. Once it’s on the internet it is there forever.

      Gremlin1974 in reply to stevewhitemd. | March 29, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      I try to use what I call the rule of public speaking. Basically, never type anything that you would have a problem saying out loud. Also, if it is about a certain person, never type anything that you wouldn’t say to them.

      It seems to serve me well.

      Phillep Harding in reply to stevewhitemd. | March 30, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Our reputation is all we have on the internet. Credibility, reliability, ability to reason, everything.

      I don’t show nearly as well as I would like, but I’m working on it.

Larry Sheldon | March 29, 2015 at 4:16 am

I bought his book, and in three sessions of reading all I have seen is tragic stories of the bad influences in his life.

    Larry Sheldon in reply to Larry Sheldon. | March 30, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Well, I have read what is probably the last of what I will read of this offal.

    It will take me a while to get over spending $8.00 for the bag of scat that I would have rejected if I had just taken the time to look at the sample.

    Quoting myself from an Amazon “review”:

    I wish I had tried to read some of it before wasting money I don’t have to waste on what looks to be a bottomless cesspit of self-serving claptrap.

    We were poor when I was a kid but we didn’t have time for days and days of Monopol™ (we didn’t have time for it–Mom worked as a machinist when women didn’t do that, Dad worked nights, and I delivered newspapers and mowed lawns and we all–I have one brother–tended the garden where some of our food grew).

    We did not have food stamps but I am pretty sure we got charity from family–don’t know for sure except that a lot of our furniture looked like what my Grandparents had had, and I think somebody gave Dad the 1939 Plymouth Business Coupe that Dad made a rear seat out of 2 x 6 lumber for my brother and I to sit on.

    Adam Mark Smith is a typical progressive loser whose only hope is to see if he can get a job at Chick-fil-A. If he is lucky Rachel Elizabeth is now a manager (or franchisee) and would probably hire him at no-useful-experience entry wages.

Adam Smith (Ha!), penniless CFO (Ha! Ha! That’s even funnier!)-
Smith better call Saul and Sally Kohn for sympathy to go with his pity party sandwich.

There are some people who, when they screw up, just keep digging a deeper and deeper hole for themselves. Another example of this is David Spondike, a teacher who got in trouble for some social media comments. He too has a book at Amazon. He will never teach again, not because he momentarily used bad judgment but because he poured salt in the wounds and won’t stop. I hope Adam Smith’s family is ok and I hope Smith and Spondike grow up.

Their problem is that they can’t simply apologize and move on. They must justify themselves in the eyes of others and when this doesn’t succeed they wallow in victimhood.

The Livewire | March 29, 2015 at 7:01 am

While I appreciate he is reaping the consequences of his actions, I can sympathize with is plight, being between jobs myself and somewhat frantically looking.

Taking the high road is difficult, but the right thing to do.

Great catch, including those Amazon reviews. Now, Mr. Sensitive is trying oh-so-hard to pretend that he Just Doesn’t Care!

He’s appended the following to his book description (seriously!):

Update as of 3/27/2015, 6:45pm, PT, regarding the many 1-star ratings my book has received today and yesterday, I would like to note that I have only sold 17 digital copies thus far, yet there are 23 1-star ratings on my book. This fascinates me! LOL!

Oh my word. Who would have ever thought that a grown man who sees nothing wrong with monstering a young woman in a service job would be so exquisitely sensitive?

Although I’m not normally so petty, I just went in and marked all of the 1-star reviews as “helpful” to bring them to the top of the review section. Meow!

MouseTheLuckyDog | March 29, 2015 at 11:44 am

The worst part, when he went through the drive through, he only got a glass of water (free).

    As someone at Insty pointed out: He was only doing what chick-lit author Jackson Pearce told him to do:

    (1) ask for a free cup of water, to force the company to live up to biblical principles (Proverbs 25:21), and thereby “taking a few cents from its hate fund”; and
    (2) video the event and upload it to YouTube.

    Watch the instructions starting at around 4:25, here:

      Gremlin1974 in reply to Amy in FL. | March 30, 2015 at 12:01 am

      And ya know this is why I always considered Truth or Dare to be a stupid game, generally I believe in telling the truth, and no “dare” ever comes out with you looking good. This “man of questionable common sense” took a dare from the internet from someone he didn’t even know.

Worse, he paid several million dollars in earnings for that “free” glass of water.

MouseTheLuckyDog | March 29, 2015 at 11:51 am

The longest that could be is 3 years ( since it happened in 2012 ). As a CFO, didn’t he have significant savings? What about his wife? She can’t work? Something does not smell right here.

He kinda look like a contestant on Love, Lust or Run with Stacy London. She’d make him take off that coiffed bouffant looking thing on his head for starters. I can just hear checkout clerk at the grocery store where he uses the food stamps “sir, or madam, are these groceries for you or the possum on your head?!?”

The guy was a dick for sure. But he did apologize. He doesn’t deserve to have his entire life destroyed.

    Gremlin1974 in reply to rokiloki. | March 30, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Nope but neither did Dog the Bounty Hunter for having a private phone call released to the public, but that is what happened. I am ok with them getting some of their own medicine.

    Also, its not like this guy didn’t know what he was doing could get him into major trouble, otherwise he wouldn’t have tried to hide his identity.

    The good side is he did help the girl out some. She was rewarded by the company for her handling of a bad situation.

There are people even worse than Adam Smith. I think of Judge Ekstrom of Washington State and that State’s Attorney General Ferguson. Look at the legal persecution (yes, it’s prosecution, too) of Barronell Stutzman, the florist in Washington State who is being sued out of everything–including her home–because she would not cater a SSM.

I’m sure Ferguson and Ekstrom would never countenance a case against a halal caterer who refused to barbecue a whole hog for someone’s event (but he makes the best humus this side of Detroit!) as hurtful to pork eaters. But because Ms. Stutzman is part of a subculture that Ekstrom’s and Ferguson’s political clientele love to hate, it is fine to ruin her for speaking or acting on the basis of deeply held religious beliefs.

Ekstrom and Ferguson, beneath their degrees and position, are a couple of vicous, mean-spirited bigots in high places. It is to the disgrace of their state that they haven’t been impeached and removed for the cold and bloody murder of the First Amendment.

“Ex-CFO Who Berated Chick-fil-A Employee Still Jobless”

I would love to have something more….well less mean to say, but my only honest response is; Good!

Larry Sheldon | March 30, 2015 at 12:47 am

I have discovered that they have opened stores here (the only one I knew about back at the big protest is in a bank lobby, apparently, way down town.

But now it appears that there is one our way (where a “Papa Murphy’s” apparently died not make it–near the “Panera” I no longer patronize since they put up the “Free Fire Zone” signs.

Wish I had the $8.00 I micturated away on this load of scat.

What does an in-the-closet poofter look like?

I wonder what happened to the young lady working the drive-thru?

Not that I support this guy, but I say it’s bad ju ju to gloat to this extent over somebody losing his job over an ill-advised stunt, especially these days. There but for the grace of God go I.