Follow-Up: More about Adam Smith’s Purposeful Day — and why the woman he berated (yes, a woman: initial news reports had that detail wrong. Does this make his actions just a bit more repulsive?) wants to meet him again.
Previously: Adam Smith was so proud of what he did last week, he filmed it and posted it on YouTube:
To demonstrate his disapproval of Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s denunciation of gay marriage, he went to the take-out window of his local Chick-fil-A and berated the minimum-wage employee working there, telling her “Chick-fil-A is a hateful company” and “I don’t know how you stand it. This is a horrible company with horrible values.” The employee is seen on the video continuing to treat him politely, in the end wishing him a good day. “I will,” Smith told her. “I just did something really good. I feel purposeful.”
Smith was the chief financial officer and treasurer of a medical equipment manufacturer in Tucson, Arizona, but was fired after the video went viral.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I didn’t think police officer John Parrault should have been fired for calling ballplayer Carl Crawford a “Monday” while off-duty (though I think I would have been okay with Perrault, Crawford and Mayor Mazzarella all losing their jobs, because there were no heroes in that story) — but Smith not only used terrible judgment, but demonstrated a level of misdirected cruelty — okay, let’s call it “hateful” — that made him, at the very least, an embarrassment to his company (though at least he didn’t call the employee a Sunday).
No word yet whether Smith will be suing for wrongful termination (or whether he’s figured out yet that he’s done anything wrong; presumably not, though, since as of Friday the video was still online on one of his YouTube pages).
The last time we wrote about Chick-fil-A: The “Eat More Kale” lawsuit
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