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Exec Bullies Chick-Fil-A Worker, Then Promptly Gets Fired For It
Business Insider ^ | August 2, 2012 | Kim Bhasin

Posted on 08/02/2012 3:24:21 PM PDT by Iron Munro

Adam Smith, former CFO and treasurer of medical supplies manufacturer Vante, riled people up today when he put up a video of himself bullying a Chick-fil-A drive-thru employee in Tucson on YouTube.

Smith unsympathetically berates the worker in the video, which was initially titled ”Reduce $’s to Chick-Fil-A’s Hate Groups.” It has since been taken down (though other have uploaded it too).

”I’m a nice guy, by the way … totally heterosexual," he says to the worker. "Not a gay in me, I just can’t stand the hate.”

Smith has now been fired from his job at Vante. Here's the press release from Vante announcing that Smith is "no longer an employee of our company," effective immediately:

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adamsmith; bully; bullying; chickfila; fail; fired; liberalhatespeech; liberalhypocrisy; mua; notagayinme; tucson; vante
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To: Bob
"According to my grandmother, Liberace was just flamboyant, not gay. Yeah, like I really bought that line."

Matt Damon, Michael Douglas Play Lovers in Liberace HBO Movie

Since he enjoys putting himself on camera so much, maybe Adam Smith can get a bit role as one of Liberace's spurned lovers.

51 posted on 08/02/2012 3:51:31 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

First Amendment doesn’t apply in this situation, not many realize that. See post 33.


52 posted on 08/02/2012 3:52:08 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: Iron Munro

So there is justice in this world. Excellent.


53 posted on 08/02/2012 3:53:00 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: TigerClaws
Was hostile and not properly done but don’t feel someone should be fired to expressing political views unless there’s some other interest at stake.

Except in this case, he chose to advertise the act and had his employer and title attached. He's an officer of the company, he should have known better. The company did the right thing.

54 posted on 08/02/2012 3:53:12 PM PDT by voicereason (The RNC is the "One-night stand" you wish you could forget.)
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To: Iron Munro

“Not a gay in me(at this moment, but probably later), I just can’t stand the hate.”


55 posted on 08/02/2012 3:53:39 PM PDT by paintriot (I've seen too much.....)
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To: Iron Munro

Can’t “stand the hate.”

The only hate exhibited has been that directed against Chick-Fil-A and its owners and employees.


56 posted on 08/02/2012 3:53:50 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: Iron Munro

I called the University of Arizona and they cannot discuss whether he still has a job. The woman with whom I spoke agreed that the girl showed total class.


57 posted on 08/02/2012 3:53:55 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: Iron Munro

15 minutes of fame has consequences.


58 posted on 08/02/2012 3:54:07 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Viva Christo Rey)
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To: Mr. K
awfully hateful for someone who “can’t stand the hate“

He "doth protest too much, methinks."

A man at the CFO level takes the time to wait in a long line at a crowded fast food operation to scam a free water and harangue a front line employee about an issue (homosexualism) with which he claims to have no interest or involvement.

IMHO he's closet queer and can't admit it - even to himself.


59 posted on 08/02/2012 3:54:31 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: Uncle Ike

I think he is also a college professor. Scary to think that we spend thousands to expose our children to idiots like this.


60 posted on 08/02/2012 3:54:39 PM PDT by Josephat (`)
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To: Iron Munro
The video is still up at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPLNgkP9nzc. Surf over there and "dislike" it. It has more than 2,000 "dislikes" and barely over 100 "likes."
61 posted on 08/02/2012 3:56:05 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: TigerClaws
but don’t feel someone should be fired to expressing political views unless there’s some other interest at stake.

Dollars and sense-- He was not just freely voicing opinion, but was above all abusive to someone of subordinate status. It's repugnant and unforgivable. Because he was outed as a CFO of the operation-- a highly responsible figure who reflected very negatively on his employer, not terminating him would have been a form of endorsement and irresponsibility at a public level. Vante would have suffered by standing behind this POS.

It's a practical calculation by the co and not an especially difficult one. A medical device mfgr is held to a pretty high std in terms of ethics and this would have doomed them in what is a highly competitive and scrutinized industry. Integrity and reputation is everything. They did the right thing.

62 posted on 08/02/2012 3:56:45 PM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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To: TigerClaws

I’d fire you for not firing that manipulating bully on the spot.


63 posted on 08/02/2012 3:57:12 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Iron Munro

How can you live with yourself? For working at a fast food restaurant and then he states how good he feels about himself for ordering a water and hassling a defenseless girl. Liberalism is an evil cult.

Pray for America


64 posted on 08/02/2012 3:57:29 PM PDT by bray (If you vote for a Communist, what's that make you?)
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To: Brown Deer

That resume has a lot of gratuitous self promotion before he got to Vante. At IBM he was basically a manager in finance with afew people reporting to him. Vante much the same except a much smaller company.


65 posted on 08/02/2012 3:58:07 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

He will probably be made a full, tenured professor at the university.


66 posted on 08/02/2012 3:58:17 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: RummyChick
Bryan Mills ‏@BryanMills Spoke w/ a student worker at @UofA finance dep't who said the university was sill "gathering information" before responding re: Adam Smith.

They can't decide if they want to promote him to Keeper Of The Football Team Shower Room or Head of Gerbal Breeding and Distribution.

67 posted on 08/02/2012 3:59:36 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: All

If you go Chick-a-Filing tomorrow, make sure you take your cell phone camera.

The `artists’ planning on breaches of the peace/public disturbances and other offenses against public order/decency (and possibly malicious mischief) probably don’t think we Neanderthals are capable of documenting their antics/crimes.

The left has been getting away with this juvenile nonsense/acting-out for far too long. Gig `em!


68 posted on 08/02/2012 4:00:23 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: TigerClaws

Private businesses should be able to fire anybody for any reason. What we have now is leading to tyranny.


69 posted on 08/02/2012 4:00:36 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: Uncle Ike
"Bullying the employee shows lack of character...

Posting the video shows lack of common sense...

How did this guy even get Peter Principled into a responsible position with a profit-making firm???"

Probably by "sucking up and kicking down". It's more prevalent, IMHO, in American business than you think.

70 posted on 08/02/2012 4:02:02 PM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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To: Pining_4_TX

That’s the libertarian position and something to be said for it.

This guy is on his own time and he actually allowed the lady to thwart him and make him look like a jerk.

My concern is that if firing people for free speech acts on their own time becomes allowed then Christians will be next.

Ironically the guy is homophobic — denies being gay! lol


71 posted on 08/02/2012 4:02:53 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Iron Munro

Bullies always pick on a weaker person. Notice he berated a teenage girl rather than ask to speak to a manager. What a jerk.

Our daughter was a retail manager at one time. Too bad he didn’t say this to somebody like her. The Irish American Princess would have given him an earful. ;-)


72 posted on 08/02/2012 4:03:13 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: TigerClaws
. . . there’s some other interest at stake.

Would an employer trying to protect his company count? I am willing to guess that Vante has been bombarded by e-mails from persons irate at the bullying of this employee. (I know my e-mail was one of the bombardment.)
73 posted on 08/02/2012 4:04:20 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: TigerClaws
I support free speech for all - even lefties. Was hostile and not properly done but don’t feel someone should be fired to expressing political views unless there’s some other interest at stake.

Um, like the reputation of the company, maybe?

74 posted on 08/02/2012 4:05:44 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Osage Orange

“I would fire the jackass...for being stupid.”
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From the press release it sounds like that is what the company did.


75 posted on 08/02/2012 4:05:49 PM PDT by knife6375 (US Navy Veteran)
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To: Iron Munro

That guy is a real piece of work. He really put the girl on the spot, was rude, antagonistic, and mean.

She did a good job representing her company, maintaining her cool and thanking him for “patronizing” (pun intended!) Chick-fil-A. I hope she gets some recognition from the bosses for this.


76 posted on 08/02/2012 4:05:49 PM PDT by proud American in Canada (Pray for America. She is the world's last best hope for freedom. May it not be too late.)
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To: Brown Deer

I see at the very bottom of his resume that he has 4 sons. Is this the kind of behavior that he wants to model for his children?


77 posted on 08/02/2012 4:06:08 PM PDT by sunshine state
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To: Dysart
Very well said. Thank you for an excellent post.

Anyone who cannot grasp the company's reasoning and responsibility after reading your post isn't trying.

Dollars and sense-- He was not just freely voicing opinion, but was above all abusive to someone of subordinate status. It's repugnant and unforgivable. Because he was outed as a CFO of the operation-- a highly responsible figure who reflected very negatively on his employer, not terminating him would have been a form of endorsement and irresponsibility at a public level. Vante would have suffered by standing behind this POS.

It's a practical calculation by the co and not an especially difficult one. A medical device mfgr is held to a pretty high std in terms of ethics and this would have doomed them in what is a highly competitive and scrutinized industry. Integrity and reputation is everything. They did the right thing.


78 posted on 08/02/2012 4:07:15 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: Brown Deer
Thanks, I'll be offering Mr Smith a job commensurate with his qualities.
79 posted on 08/02/2012 4:07:39 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: knife6375; TigerClaws
Yeah.....but the ? was to TC.
80 posted on 08/02/2012 4:08:50 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Molon Labe)
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To: tumblindice

” If you go Chick-a-Filing tomorrow, make sure you take your cell phone camera. “

The best tactic would be to treat the offending couple to pointing and snickering - even open giggling, if you can work yourself up to it...

Libs of all stripes are adept at turning our outrage against us, but ridicule at, say, the 5th grade level, is Kryptonite to them....


81 posted on 08/02/2012 4:09:44 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: RightGeek
That resume has a lot of gratuitous self promotion

a puffery list

82 posted on 08/02/2012 4:13:15 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: Tench_Coxe
"Bullying the employee shows lack of character... Posting the video shows lack of common sense... How did this guy even get Peter Principled into a responsible position with a profit-making firm???" Probably by "sucking up and kicking down". It's more prevalent, IMHO, in American business than you think.

Probably thought his academic awards put him on a higher and more privileged plane than ordinary mortals. Instead what it shows is a narcissistic bully who believes his higher intellectual position negates the necessity of keeping the mores of civil behavior.

83 posted on 08/02/2012 4:13:52 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: TASMANIANRED
15 minutes of fame has consequences.

15 minutes of fame and a lifetime of shame.

84 posted on 08/02/2012 4:14:55 PM PDT by Boston Blackie
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To: Ann Archy
But on his YouTube he said he wasn't gay didn't he? I suppose he could have turned gay last night while watching Anderson Cooper 973.
85 posted on 08/02/2012 4:15:55 PM PDT by funfan
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To: SandyInSeattle
Karma.

INSTANT Karma

86 posted on 08/02/2012 4:17:49 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: TigerClaws

Is this an example of “free speech” protected by the First Amendment? Even bad ideas may be expressed legally. But there is more than just a bad idea the man’s video.

He may well have violated several laws and statutes when he entered someone else’s property to berate and bully a young employee who did him no harm (she deserves a medal for her patience and poise). His employers certainly have the right to question his good judgment and his suitability for employment. I would pity the poor students that would have him as an instructor in their finance classes.


87 posted on 08/02/2012 4:17:49 PM PDT by manforallseasons
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To: Brown Deer

If Obama (his white half) had a son, he would probably look like this guy.


88 posted on 08/02/2012 4:19:28 PM PDT by The Citizen Soldier (When you accept the invite into the scorpion’s home don’t bother looking for the exit.)
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To: UCANSEE2

Don’t forget Rock Hudson I love watching him and Doris Dayin movies together.


89 posted on 08/02/2012 4:20:03 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Iron Munro
”I’m a nice guy, by the way … totally heterosexual," he says to the worker. "Not a gay in me


90 posted on 08/02/2012 4:22:06 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: funfan

He said “I don;t have a gay in me”. HUH????? That would hve been REALLY UGLY for Rachel to see.......YUK.


91 posted on 08/02/2012 4:25:28 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: generally

Not to mention being an obnoxious, bullying asshat.


92 posted on 08/02/2012 4:27:03 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: Iron Munro

You’re too kind, IM. This Smith character really has my dander up! Oh how I wish he’d get in my face for patronizing them and try that bullying act...but somehow I don’t reckon he is up to the task.


93 posted on 08/02/2012 4:27:36 PM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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To: funfan

He said “I don;t have a gay in me”. HUH????? That would hve been REALLY UGLY for Rachel to see.......YUK.


94 posted on 08/02/2012 4:28:49 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: RummyChick

What is that?


95 posted on 08/02/2012 4:28:59 PM PDT by Afterguard
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To: TigerClaws
...unless there’s some other interest at stake.

Uh, there was... What a horrible reflection on the company, Vante, to have it's CFO making a jackass out himself by publicly supporting the militant faggot agenda. The company acted properly to protect its own self interests.

96 posted on 08/02/2012 4:30:47 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: sunshine state

I feel sorry for his 4 kids. Hopefully, they have a stable mother, but if she’s married to that idiot, I wouldn’t wager too much on her common sense level.

There were reports of another removed video from his Youtube where he harassed a person carrying a cross for charity.


97 posted on 08/02/2012 4:31:51 PM PDT by RabidBartender (No one died in Watergate...)
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To: Iron Munro

Poor Mr Smith. If he were at room temperature he might at least be eligible for the Darwin Award competition. As it is, he just plain loses.


98 posted on 08/02/2012 4:32:31 PM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: Brown Deer
AZ State Contact Info:

520.621.7554 office
520.621.1261 fax
adammba@email.arizona.edu
McClelland 315R
Adam SmithAdam Smith
Adjunct Lecturer
Director of Finance, Vante

Areas of Expertise

99 posted on 08/02/2012 4:32:46 PM PDT by Rio (Tempis fugit.)
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To: atc23

“He was being an asshole to an innocent young lady.”

Amen!


100 posted on 08/02/2012 4:33:00 PM PDT by EnglishOnly (Fight all out to win OR get out now.)
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