Former CFO on food stamps after belittling fast food worker

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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:



    What kind of mentality does it take to berate a Chick-fil-A employee? Looks like Adam Smith got the Karma he earned.

  • jess

    Someone needs to track this woman down, and do something nice for her! I love that she stayed calm, and polite to him through the whole thing! People have to support their families, and often take jobs thy don’t want to do so, he doesn’t know her circumstances. He got what he deserves, I wouldn’t hire him either!

  • Jill

    i really don’t see why he would have gotten fired she did an excellent job and all he didwas voicie an opinion Geez ppl get over it. This was their livelyhood he he got fired over something he felt highly for

    • Bill Crowley

      No, he was fired for the WAY he voiced that opinion. He gave the impression that his bahavior reflected the attitudes he would be using and advancing as a representative of his company, and they did not want that in an employee. We hear all the time that people have freedom of speech BUT there are consequences of expressing themselves (This argument is made all the time by those who point to critics of certain lifestyles and are reprimanded for doing so…wedding bakers and photographers, for example). What works one way seems to be appropriate going the other direction, correct?


      Smith thought it would be smart to video his confrontration with decent hard working employee and then post it on line to show the world how a CFO can berate a young girl. You really don’t see why he got fired Jill? Really?

  • David Whittington

    If this clown hates Chick-fil-A so much, WHY is he even spending his money there ? A perfect end to this story would be for Chick-fil-A to hire this clown and make him work the drive-through window. I don’t like Chick-fil-A’s corporate policies of hatred and I also don’t like their deep fried 1,000 calorie high sodium combo meals, so I simply don’t spend money at Chick-fil-A. Harrassing hard working low pay fast food counter clerks is the MOST egregious part of this story ! I hope this clown also gets kicked off food stamps and is forced to dumpster dive behind the Chick-fil-A store.

  • Sherry

    Yes he should be allowed an opinion, not that anybody cares about it, but what type of stupidity does it take to belittle an innocent young lady that works there. He is the one that showed his hate, not her. I wouldn’t hire him either and hurray for the company that fired him. Our words have consequences to them, opinions, freedom of speech, or whatever you want to call it. She handled herself very well, and I’m sure she sleeps fine at night. Me. CFO, (not) I’m not so sure.

  • Kati

    this guy is idiotic. how can their employees just quit their jobs and still pay bills over something political? but honestly, as someone who’s worked in fast food.. this is hardly the worst thing people have heard. when I heard he got death threats I was expecting something really terrible. I’ve literally been spit on while making someone’s food. people need to chill.

Comments are closed.