Former CFO on food stamps after belittling fast food worker

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TUSCON, Ariz. — A man who once made $200,000 a year is now living on food stamps after he posted a video of himself belittling a Chick-fil-A employee.

ABC News reported that 37-year-old Adam Smith is still unable to find work after he posted the video to YouTube back in the summer of 2012.

Smith had a high-paying job as the CFO of a Tucson-based medical manufacturer. Then, he filmed himself going through the drive-thru at a Chick-fil-A restaurant and talking down to an attendant for working for a “hateful corporation.”

“I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here. I don’t understand it,” he told her in a condescending tone.

Chick-fil-A had been in the news at the time because the company’s CEO opposed gay marriage.

After Smith posted the video to YouTube, he returned to work where he was fired that day. A receptionist told him that their voicemail was completely full of bomb threats.

Smith and his family then moved to Portland where he got another job as a CFO. But he was fired two weeks later after they found out who he was. Since then, he has been unable to find work.

“I don’t regret the stand I took, but I regret… the way I talked to her,” Smith said.

A copy of the original video can be viewed below:


  • silent echos

    I also remember the Adam Smith incident like it was yesterday. I want to feel sorry for him but I can’t because he got the 15 minutes of fame he his own actions.

    It is a sad state of affairs in this country that the P.C. Brigade is so influential especially in the last few years.

  • Fedup

    Must be a real kick in the ssa to find out that having a mouth bigger than your brain makes you less than desirable as an employee. I’m sure there are enough compassionate people who can keep their mouth shut to fill the available openings for 200k jobs. Too bad, change your name and move to Idaho and hope you can get a job at McDs.

  • diane.

    It seems Mr. Smith still has a need to video himself for social media. If I were in HR I would be very leery of employing him. BUT To be fair, Chick Fil-A is my favorite take out restaurant , for the price with good food in a clean family friendly establishment with nicely appareled staff who have an over-developed sense of customer service. So I’m a bit prejudice.

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