Exec Tells Off Chick-Fil-A Worker, Then Promptly Gets Fired For It

Adam Smith Chick-fil-A video Vante

By Kim Bhasin

Adam Smith, a CFO and treasurer of medical supplies manufacturer Vante, caused quite a stir this week when he put up a video of himself bullying a Chick-fil-A drive-thru employee in Tucson on YouTube.

Smith berates the worker about her company in the video, which was initially titled "Reduce $'s to Chick-Fil-A's Hate Groups." It has since been taken down (though others have uploaded it too). "I don't know how you live with yourself and work here," he tells the employee at the window. "I don't understand it. This is a horrible corporation with horrible values. You deserve better."

"I'm a nice guy, by the way ... totally heterosexual," he continues. "Not a gay in me, I just can't stand the hate."

Chick-fil-A is currently in the middle of a controversy sparked by president and COO Dan Cathy's comments about gay marriage. He said that going against the Biblical definition of marriage is "inviting God's judgment on our nation."

Watch the video:

Vante didn't approve of Smith's behavior, and now he's no longer working there.

Here's the press release from Vante announcing that Smith is "no longer an employee of our company," effective immediately:

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.

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I support the companies decision as this brings bad press and also makes people think what type of employee they did hire to represent the corporation itself. Once a bully always a bully in my opinion. So damn educated but yet so damn stupid.

August 03 2012 at 11:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Berating a nice young VERY POLITE EMPLOYEE who is only trying to make a living is a disgrace. He is a bully and a narcissistic clown.
Smith..How would you like it if that was your sister or daughter serving you a free water and have to listen to your crap while you video tape your self righteous piety. Now get back over there and apologize to her. THEN GET A LIFE. I am glad they fired you.

August 03 2012 at 12:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Adam Smith is to take his former employer to court for wrongful termination and discrimination. When someone is not on company time and not representing a company, they are as American citizens free to say whatever they like as long as it isn't a threat of life or bodily harm. He will win judgement and will make his former employer pay a large sum of money. ;-) Corporations believe they have ownership over its employees and its time for courts to show execs working at corporations enough is enough.

August 03 2012 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to nicesmilekid's comment

Wrong. He IS representing his company whether on or off the clock. This isn't just an 'employee', he was the CFO ... Chief Financial Officer. As such, he represents his company at ALL times.

Unless he is under contract, the company has the right to terminate anyone at any time for any reason.

Wake up and smell the reality.

August 03 2012 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kid...and you are..
If that was my sister he did that to....Making money in a frivilous lawsuit would be the least of his concerns.
The look on her face says it all. Adam for your sake i hope she dosen't have brother like me

August 03 2012 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A six figure (at least) executive/treasurer for a multibillion dollar company acting like a jackass with a minimum wage employee. Which brings up many questions in my head.... (1) How did a "man" like this get to such a high position in that firm? (2) Is this the type of character that rises to the top in US firms? If so, no wonder this country is in so much trouble - not only financially, but socially and mentally. (3) What university granted this guy a degree? Shouldn't they have done a better job EDUCATING this guy? (4) I don't share CfA's biblical philosophy, yet I go there for the food, not the preaching (5) If he is so against CfA's philosophy, he should have visited the firm's CFO or a top manager to tell him off, not a drive by window employee. The coward!

August 03 2012 at 9:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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