A video posted to YouTube shows a man, Adam Smith, at a Chick-fil-A drive-through, bullying a young female employee after she served him water. The video went viral and Smith has been fired from his job at Vante, Inc., a company based in Tucson, Arizona.
The Blaze reports that Smith, burning with the conviction that the restaurant chain was a "hateful" establishment, decided to make a video recording of himself upbraiding an employee for working with such a "horrible company." At the drive-through, after being served water, he verbally attacks the young female employee and then foolishly posts the evidence to YouTube.
The Huffington Post reports that Smith's employer, Vante, Inc., a medical device manufacturer based in Tucson, Arizona, released a PR statement that reads:
Adam Smith verbally attacking Chick-fil-A employee
"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."
The Daily Mail reports the video that shows Smith bullying the young woman has been viewed more than 150,000 times. The lady remained calm and polite all through Smith's tirade.
Fox News comments that people on both sides of the Chick-fil-A debate agree that Smith, who filmed himself verbally attacking the young employee, and posted it online, "acted like a sanctimonious jerk."
The Daily Mail reports Smith had previously been an adjunct lecturer at the University of Arizona.
The Huffington Post provides a transcript of encounter between Smith and the Chick-fil-A worker:
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."Fox News reports that Smith's boss at Vante, CEO Roger Vogel, said he was not weighing in on either side of the Chick-fil-A debate.