Chick-fil-A’s longstanding stance against gay marriage has raised the ire of pro-homosexual groups in recent days, but also sparked an appreciation day for the restaurant.
On appreciation day, August 1st, former University of Arizona adjunct professor Adam Smith decided that he would order a free water as an opportunity to confront this “hateful” company. “Smith confronted Rachel on ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,’ a show of support for the chain and its CEO, Dan Cathy, spearheaded by former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee,” according to Philip Caulfield with the New York Daily News. Smith then decided to videoblog the encounter.
As previously noted in my writings for Accuracy in Academia, it’s not a particularly good idea for individuals–especially professionals–to post their political behavior online.
In his video Smith orders a free water and tells Rachel, the drive thru attendant, that he’s doing so “because Chick-fil-A is a hateful corporation.”
“I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here,” he rants. “I don’t understand it. This is a horrible corporation with horrible values,” he continues. Smith insists in the video that Chick-fil-A gives money to “hate groups.” His original video was taken down from Youtube, but you can catch a glimpse of some of the interchange with Rachel in this Fox News broadcast.
After this interchange, Rachel wishes Smith a really nice day, and he responds “I will. I just did something really good. I feel purposeful. Thank you so much” (emphasis added).
Smith was fired by Vante the next day, after his Youtube video went viral. “Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of our company,” states the Vante August 2 press release. “…We hope that the general population does not hold Mr. Smith’s actions against Vante and its employees.”
“Rachel, I’m sorry for treating you poorly, not because I fear losing my job or even that I actually lost my job,” states Smith in his online apology. He says that his inhumane treatment of Rachel compromised his personal integrity.
You can view his full eight minute apology on YouTube.
“For me and at that moment the main goal of supporting the gay community outweighed the collateral damage that Rachel became and I literally just saw Rachel as collateral damage,” he recounts. “…I, we have to stop rationalizing our destructive actions this way. We have to start seeing people as people. We aren’t ever going to make social progress by personally attacking people. I’m clearly guilty of this.”
The University of Arizona also released a statement distancing themselves from Mr. Smith. “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,” states the university website.
In other news, a recent Rasmussen Reports poll shows that 61% have a favorable view of Chick-fil-A. Hat tip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.