UPDATE: TheBlaze has an exclusive interview with the man seen in the video. You can read our initial story, and his take, here.
It appears Blaze readers weren't the only ones disgusted by the actions of Adam M. Smith, the grown man who recorded a video of himself berating a female employee at a Chick-fil-A drive-thru in Tucson, Ariz.
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.
As TheBlaze’s Mike Opelka noted this morning, Smith believes the chicken chain is really hateful. So, naturally, he decided to record himself harassing a Chick-fil-A employee for having the nerve to work for such a "horrible" company.
After pulling up to the window and getting his free water, the tough guy activist proceeded to harangue the remarkably calm young woman. At one point, he even asked her how she can "live with herself" knowing that she works for such hateful people.
After enduring her almost backbreaking politeness, Smith felt it was necessary to end with these words: "I’m a nice guy, by the way… totally heterosexual. Not a gay in me, I just can’t stand the hate."
Huh. Well, alright then:
Smith must have thought he scored a major victory because he put the video on Youtube. However, contrary to whatever was going through his mind, it turns out most people don’t think bullying a woman who’s just trying to make a living is manly or cool. He tried to pull the video but -- surprise! -- once you put that stuff online, it's there forever.
All is not lost for Smith, however. He still has his gig as an Adjunct Lecturer at Eller College in Arizona. As to how long that will last, time will tell.
UPDATE: Did we speak t0o soon? In his original report, TheBlaze's Mike Opelka included a working hyperlink to Smith's page on Eller's website. But now, when you click on the link, all you get is this:
And just to prove we're not crazy, if you Google Smith's name along with his job title at Eller, you'll get this in your search results:
UPDATE II -- Well, we got an answer to the Adjunct Lecturer question. Via The University of Arizona:
Adam Smith held an appointment as an Adjunct Lecturer, Finance (non-tenure eligible) in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona from January 2, 2012, to May 20, 2012. He presently holds no appointment with the University.
The University of Arizona strives to provide an environment where a free and respectful exchange of ideas is valued and encouraged. We strive to have a workforce that is diverse and respectful of different viewpoints and where opinions are respected.
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