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The Blaze Interviews the Guy Fired for Berating a Chick-fil-A Employee
The Blaze.com ^ | 8-3-12 | Mike Opelka

Posted on 08/03/2012 12:54:47 PM PDT by Houmatt

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To: Flycatcher

Should someone be fired from their job and threatened with violence, torture, even death because they have an opinion different than yours? Of course not. And yet, that is what Adam M. Smith of Arizona says happened to him.


Except it was more than simply an opinion. It was his belligerent, bullying attitude and actions.


51 posted on 08/03/2012 1:20:52 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: Castigar

Uh, pardon the correction but it is a pet peeve of mine. I think you mean “know nothing” not “no nothing”.

No is the opposite of yes. Know is having the knowledge of a subject.

Thanks for listening.


52 posted on 08/03/2012 1:21:03 PM PDT by History Repeats (Drink plenty of TEA, but avoid the Koolaid.)
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To: RJS1950
As I see it, he was fired because his stunt, which he was stupid enough to film and post on YouTube, generated unwelcome publicity for his employer, possibly damaging that company's reputation in the community. Such bad publicity has the potential of reducing sales of the company's products, thereby decreasing profits and putting the business in danger of bankruptcy.

This is why employees and those looking for work are strongly advised to be careful what they post online. No employer wants an employee who could cause controversy which would hurt business.

53 posted on 08/03/2012 1:21:50 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: skeeter

54 posted on 08/03/2012 1:22:09 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Gabrial
No, he is broke with three properties in foreclosure.

I heard he was also adopted.

55 posted on 08/03/2012 1:22:09 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (The Click-&-Paste Media exists & works in Utopia, riding unicorns & sniffing pixy dust.)
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To: Tenacious 1
Adam is a poor decision maker. Based on the judgment he used and the actions he took, I do not believe he is qualified to be a CFO.

Adam's skill will land him a GS15 position in the Federal Government. The Obama Administration can use a savvy guy like him.

56 posted on 08/03/2012 1:22:30 PM PDT by oyez ( .Apparently The U.S. CONSTITUTION has been reduced to the consistency of quicksand.)
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To: precisionshootist
I will say what a GREAT JOB this young lady did handling this guy!!

She did. She has more corporate savvy than this turd Smith--she didn't get angry, responded to the harassment with the corporate line, didn't say anything that would hurt the corporate image. Smith, on the other hand...

I think this will become the defining image of the CFA dust-up: a smarmy, arrogant liberal pr**k harassing a young girl that's just trying her best to make a buck. The look of despair in her face was heartreaking, but she stood her ground and did her job just as she was told. I hope CFA sees its way to handing her a combat duty bonus.

57 posted on 08/03/2012 1:23:05 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: All

I’ve never been able to stand Beck on his TV show, too much histrionics, and too much wearing his religion on his sleeve. Nor have I ever listened to his radio show. I have no reason to be aware of his association with The Blaze, nor do I much care. Period. Paragraph.


58 posted on 08/03/2012 1:24:34 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: Houmatt

He needed to be fired. Hopefully, he will not find another job as an officer of a company. The chance is far too great that he will once again harm the company’s public image through his actions. No company can afford to take that chance.


59 posted on 08/03/2012 1:24:51 PM PDT by SUSSA
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To: Houmatt

Bump


60 posted on 08/03/2012 1:24:51 PM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: This Just In

Bingo. Should have a real man clean his clock for picking on the young lady.


61 posted on 08/03/2012 1:25:15 PM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: dirtboy

Did this guy learn nothing from the Bus Monitor bullies? My God, that was only about a month ago! And yet a grown man still posted a video of himself berating a sweet young lady. Just like those brats posted a video of themselves berating a sweet old lady. Actions have consequences.

And boo-hoo about the death threats. I’ve gotten death threats from friends on Facebook! And all I’ve done is express an opinion on the new Batman movie. We live in a strange world.


62 posted on 08/03/2012 1:25:29 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: This Just In

Bingo. Should have a real man clean his clock for picking on the young lady.


63 posted on 08/03/2012 1:25:35 PM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: bcsco

He also was tying up a business demanding something for free — a glass of water. The only thing that I feel sorry about is that he’s so stupid that he thought he could get away with this stunt. Kudos to his former employer for firing him. He’s not the type of person they should want to represent their business, and they recognized it.


64 posted on 08/03/2012 1:25:37 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: This Just In

Bingo. Should have a real man clean his clock for picking on the young lady.


65 posted on 08/03/2012 1:26:13 PM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: Houmatt
The really fun part here is that the guy didn't just lose his job...he killed his career.

Soon he will be applying to Chick-Fil-A for a job behind the counter. Wonder what CFA will say?

66 posted on 08/03/2012 1:26:21 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.")
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To: oyez

he has a 501(c)
http://w5.melissadata.com/lookups/np.asp?ein=320292137


67 posted on 08/03/2012 1:27:07 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: History Repeats
No is the opposite of yes. Know is having the knowledge of a subject.

On behalf of Castigar and all FReepers, thank you for clearing that up.

Their our sum things easier to learn better weather we no it or not from more smarter people than I. (have a day :o)

68 posted on 08/03/2012 1:28:06 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (The Click-&-Paste Media exists & works in Utopia, riding unicorns & sniffing pixy dust.)
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To: Houmatt

There is a lot of misunderstanding about the Bill of Rights and the First Ammendment right to free speech.

The First Ammendment protects citizens from government restrictions on their free speech. A state or city government official banning a business because he does not agree with the business owner’s biblical beliefs would be a violation of the owner’s first ammendment rights.

The First Ammendment does not protect “free speech” in a non-governmental environment.

It is perfectly legal for a private citizen or private business to place restrictions on the speech of others. A person cannot demand you allow him onto your property so he can berate you or espouse beliefs that offend you.

In this case, Adam Smith’s former employer has a legal right to terminate his employment for conduct they find inappropriate and harmful to their business. There is no First Ammendment protection.


69 posted on 08/03/2012 1:28:31 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: Houmatt

This guy is a bigger loser than Obummer.


70 posted on 08/03/2012 1:28:35 PM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: Houmatt
Should someone be fired from their job... because they have an opinion different than yours?

Absolutely, if they express their opinion in such a place and manner that it brings public disrepute down upon the employer.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

71 posted on 08/03/2012 1:28:41 PM PDT by Valpal1
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To: Houmatt

I’m sorry to hear he’s been threatened. That said, businesses have the right to make sure their C-suite officers aren’t frothing lunatics...especially not frothing lunatics who are stupid enough to capture themselves live on video being frothing lunatics.


72 posted on 08/03/2012 1:29:06 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: Presbyterian Reporter

Unfortunately, he’s going to get a job easy. There are plenty of Left leaning companies out there who would jump at hiring this guy in their Finance dept.


73 posted on 08/03/2012 1:29:31 PM PDT by skinndogNN
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To: bcsco
"It's bad enough for the CFO of a corporation to post a video of himself on Youtube, especially under such circumstances, it's unpardonable to show intolerance and overbearing disgust toward someone who isn't responsible for corporate policy or decisions. He should know better. He didn't, and he got what he deserved."

He was just fired. I don't think he got 1/10 of what he deserved. He went out of his way to abuse a low level Chick-fil-A employee. If he took of time from work to drive to Atlanta and stand in front of Chick-fil-A's corporate offices with a sign -- I could understand... but abusing some poor woman -- that's pointless. He deserves much worse than he's gotten so far.

74 posted on 08/03/2012 1:29:45 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: bcsco

sn’t The Blaze Glenn Beck’s thing?

Not that I’m aware of.

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You might try scrolling down the home page and then wonder why this so called “left wing tool” web site has a section dedicated to faith, and links to Glenn Beck Radio and Glenn Beck TV but no others media sources.


75 posted on 08/03/2012 1:30:02 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: RummyChick

Nothing like adding a bit of atheism to the brew being served at the smith residence.

Maybe time for Children Protective Services pay a visit.


76 posted on 08/03/2012 1:30:02 PM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: Houmatt
Adam Smith is a fool if he thinks reasonable people will buy into his baloney re: his "original intent."

He enjoyed an opportunity for self-aggrandizement, and sadistic bullying against a trapped employee who couldn't do anything. He came to the window under false pretenses--asking for a glass of water, so he could unload. He was so proud of himself that he posted a video. He was so cowardly that he then retracted it, unsuccessfully.

His protestation that it is free speech is BS. He was using what he thought was sanctioned public opinion to be a bully just this side of assault. Psychologically, he's the same type that enjoys beating girls in Arabia because their ankles show, or driving them back into a school building on fire because they ran out without their full covering. He's a power tripper.

The leftists who support him don't care about any reality except furthering their pet causes. That's why, when normal people are outraged (a few outrageously outraged) about his conduct, they scream "Free speech! Free Speech! Intolerance!"

If he were my employee, he'd be gone in a minute. Of course, he's mount an employe suit, but I'd do my best to ream him if he did. No recommendations from me--I'd provide his video. If he had any people reporting to you, how do you think he'd treat them?

77 posted on 08/03/2012 1:30:23 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Gabrial

Those were back in 2009. He was seeking legal help with those properties. He joined Avante in 2010. There’s no indication of his financial status since 2010 that I could find.


78 posted on 08/03/2012 1:31:36 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: bcsco; ryan71

Patience is a virtue. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee..........

(Thelma and Louise would be proud)


79 posted on 08/03/2012 1:31:36 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (The Click-&-Paste Media exists & works in Utopia, riding unicorns & sniffing pixy dust.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine; All

Typos... If he HAD any people reporting to HIM — last sentence.


80 posted on 08/03/2012 1:31:36 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: bcsco

81 posted on 08/03/2012 1:32:24 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: montag813

“He was a high-level exec at IBM and this last company. He likely has millions in the bank.”

***

Now I wonder about why he left his last 2 jobs. Was it voluntary, or did he do something stupid to get himself fired.

He must be a swell guy to work with, or for.


82 posted on 08/03/2012 1:33:11 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: albie
He is just trying to smear everyone who didn't agree with him and their protests with association with white supremacists. He also says he went back to the store and tried to meet with Rachel and that she wouldn't talk to him. Why should she? He could easily be a stalker. What an idiot waste of skin. He was a corporate official who should have thought just a little ahead about the potential consequences of his actions.
83 posted on 08/03/2012 1:33:34 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: RummyChick

bingo. good find.


84 posted on 08/03/2012 1:33:34 PM PDT by commonguymd
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Well written, well thought out, and to the point. A Free Republic Hall-of-Fame post. Many thanks!


85 posted on 08/03/2012 1:33:53 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Kudos to his former employer for firing him. He’s not the type of person they should want to represent their business, and they recognized it.

I really think that was the deciding factor. That and the fact his association with them became public knowledge. It was too easy to look up. They couldn't afford to be associated with him. It made them look bad as well.

86 posted on 08/03/2012 1:34:11 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: albie

I have it from an unnamed source that he hasn’t been threatened.


87 posted on 08/03/2012 1:35:00 PM PDT by Kozy (Calling Al Gore)
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To: RummyChick

Yep. That’ll do it.


88 posted on 08/03/2012 1:35:52 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: elcid1970
Hope he likes ramen noodles seven days a week. LOSER!

At least he can get free ice water from Chick-Fil-A. LOL

89 posted on 08/03/2012 1:36:09 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: bcsco

I don’t think Chick-Fil-A corporate management had anything do with this, either.

If I understood correctly, Mr. Cathy, as a private individual, with his own money, supports traditional marriage and families and groups with the same belief.

And this clown gave a CFA hourly worker an earful because of this...


90 posted on 08/03/2012 1:36:26 PM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: bcsco
"This guy was fired because he took out his frustration on a young employee instead of dealing with the Chick-Fil-A corporate management in a proper fashion."

Exactly. But of course liberals are all cowards. They don't have the courage to speak face-to-face with those who run the corporations so they bully a front line worker who has absolutely no control whatsoever over corporate policy.

It's easy to protest in America. I want to see homosexuals go over to Iraq or Afghanistan, stand bravely and resolutely in the streets and vocally protest against Islam for its stance on homosexuality, but it will never happen. They are too cowardly to leave the protection of our borders.

Same thing with the NAGs. Always lamenting how horrible American men are towards women ("That vulture verbally assaulted her by saying she looked pretty in that dress!") but they don't have the guts to go over and protest against government endorsed violence (stoning, honor killings, etc.) against women in Islamic countries.

Such behavior only confirms my belief that libs don't really care about other people because they don't have the spine to actually risk life and limb to stand up for someone else and protect them. All they want is for people to think that they care.

Cowards, they are. Pants pissing little punk ass cowards.
91 posted on 08/03/2012 1:36:39 PM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics)
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To: dirtboy

“He would never have been fired, except he was stupid enough to post a video of it on YouTube.”

I guess the moral of the story is that if you are going to do something stupid, film it and then post it to YouTube, you are probably better off doing something of the “Hey Bubba, hold my beer and watch this...” variety.

Then you only have to worry about the dumb stunt killing you, not about having your whole life and two vocations ruined as this guy has done. So much time left to ponder, “What was I thinking.....?”


92 posted on 08/03/2012 1:37:06 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Houmatt
It would not surprise me in the least if this clown had received a death threat or two. Given the thoughtless nature of his acts, and the worldwide publicity surrounding the whole episode, I'd be more surprised if he had received no threats at all.

Notwithstanding the existence or absence of any death threats, the possibility thereof should have been the first thing he thought about when he decided to embark on this ill-considered course of action.

Adam Smith: "I think I'll go down to Chick-Fil-A, order a cup of ice water, then publicly berate the poor worker at the window about something over which she has absolutely no control. I'll film the whole sorry episode, whether the clerk wants me to do so or not, then post it to YouTube, and wait for the accolades to roll in. Yeah...that seems like a solid plan."

Except he didn't stop to think what could happen after hitting the "Send" button. It's crystal clear that his thought process stopped at the point where he posted the spectacle to the Internet, whereas people who aren't using raw sewage for brains would usually stop and say to themselves, "Hey...wait a minute. Maybe most people are going to see the poor food service worker as a victim, and me as her tormentor. Then there could be some blowback...maybe somebody would find my personal information and use it to harass me because I made a giant buttmunch out of myself."

The fact that Mr. Smith failed to do this, more than anything else, is the reason his employer was forced to cut his cord. He exhibited a level of extraordinarily poor judgment that his employer found to be incompatible with the profile they believe their chief financial officer should have.
93 posted on 08/03/2012 1:37:06 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Houmatt
See if you notice the same things I did.

Jackson Pearce is super-humanly annoying?

94 posted on 08/03/2012 1:38:04 PM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: donaldo

RE 85: Thanx.

I had trouble initially getting the hang of posting and putting my thoughts across in a concise and appreciable form ... hence my choice of screen name.


95 posted on 08/03/2012 1:39:53 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Sooth2222

The employee may be able to bring suit against him, now that his identity is public. But that’s about as much as we can expect. It would be apropos should he have difficulty finding employment, but I doubt that will happen. There are companies out there that will hire him. No, I think we’re at about the end of the disciplinary part of this story.


96 posted on 08/03/2012 1:40:10 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: Houmatt
Also, I swear to Holy Hell that if I hear one more dopey person mess up the understanding of "establishment of religion," I'm going to go bananas.

I swear, some people still think it means setting up a religion, or an entity that equals a religion.

97 posted on 08/03/2012 1:41:11 PM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: bcsco

“Adam and Amy Smith, who adopted Spencer in Almaty are now the parents of twins. Spencer needed company. CONGRATS! “


98 posted on 08/03/2012 1:41:32 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: Gabrial
No, he is broke with three properties in foreclosure.

The good news just won't stop.

99 posted on 08/03/2012 1:41:40 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: Houmatt

He can always apply for Social Security Disability since being a lib, he obviously has a mental problem.


100 posted on 08/03/2012 1:41:46 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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