When Chik-Fil-AÂ chief operating officer Dan T. Cathy made a series of comments opposing same-sex marriage, it caused a media firestorm.Â Â Gay rightsÂ activists called for protests and boycotts of the chain, and even went as far as vandalizing some fast food stores. One man in particular took it upon himself to express his discontent in the most mature way possible, verbally attacking a sweet female employee who had nothing to do with the controversy.
37-year-old Adam Smith recorded himself being hateful and obnoxious to the employee and posted it to his YouTube channel.
Apparently he thought that he was going to get away with harassing the employee without a problem, he thought wrong. He was immediately fired for his intolerance and disgusting behavior.
He said at the time he was earning $200,000 annually and had over $1 million in stock options.
â€œIt was taken when I lost my employment,â€ he said.
After losing his job, Smith, his wife Amy and their four children also lost their home. They were forced to sell and give away their possessions and move into an RV. A few months later, Smith found a new CFO job in Portland, Oregon.
Smith thought he was home free until his new boss caught wind that he was the hateful man from the Chik-Fil-A drive-thru video. He was immediately fired from that job as well.Â Smith said in subsequent job interviews, he was very honest about the video and while prospective employers seemed empathetic and understanding in the end the companies would rescind the offers saying they didnâ€™t want the distraction.
Looking back at the video now, Smith said he was emotional.
â€œI donâ€™t regret the stand I took, but I regretâ€¦ the way I talked to her,â€
Smith even tried to get a job with pro-gay companies, but even they wouldn’t hire him.Â â€œI think people are scared,â€ Smith said. â€œI think people are scared that it could happen again.â€
Adam Smith is still looking for a job nearly three years later, and his family is on food stamps. He has also just written a new memoir, â€œA Million Dollar Cup of Water,â€ detailing how his public shaming led him from riches to rags and the intensive soul search for healing.
This man was actually proud of the horrible way he bullied that girl, and now he is paying the price. This just goes to show you that no matter what your views are, you should always treat people with respect. Adam Smith learned that the hard way.