It appears Adam Smith, the Arizona executive who bullied a young fast food employee on Wednesday, is sorry — kind of. Mr. Smith posted an almost 8 minute video on YouTube Friday night he titled “Apologies and Clarification” in which he spends approximately 3 minutes apologizing, rationalizing and quasi-deflecting blame for his actions on this YouTube posting by Jackson Pierce. The remaining 5 minutes of the video is solely to dedicated further rationalization for his harassment, his sexual preference — since he told the Chick-fil-A employee that day there was “not a gay in me” — and to rant further on what he deems as hate.
In my opinion, this is a classic case of the guy who got caught, was punished and shamed (as Smith lost his job as CFO of the Tucson based medical supply company Vante) and is now only only making this public apology because his bullying stunt wasn’t received in the manner he had planned. Remember, after this creep harassed and video taped the young fast food employee, Smith then took the time to upload the video to Youtube for all to see. He was proud of his work until his identity was found out and then he freaked out.
Look, this jerk has every right to take issue with Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy on same sex marriage, but as a C-level executive (remember Smith was a Chief Financial Officer of a large company) one would think he would exercise his free speech position with another c-level executive with Chick-fil-a, not an entry level drive thru attendant. If he really wanted to effect change within Chick-fil-A as he claims, are we to believe he thinks he would achieve this end through an entry level employee? Smith’s elitist berating of Rachel the drive thru associate in treating her like a serf is all one needs to know about this jerk. And the manner in which he continued to harass this young lady when she maintained her poise and grace again validates why so many were appalled with his treatment of the Chick-fil-A employee. Real executives take issues up the ladder, not to the people on the front lines unless he or she is the type of person who enjoys pushing the “little guy” around.
If things had gone differently and people applauded the manner in which Smith treated this young lady, and if he had not lost his job over his actions because of placing his company in a PR nightmare, I don’t think Mr. Smith would be so sympathetic to Rachel. I contend he would be proud of what he had done just as he was proud of himself as he left the drive thru on Wednesday. Remember in the video Smith says he “had done something good today.” Everything Adam Smith did to that young woman was an effort to put her in the very situation he is in now by trying to expose her to public shaming and humiliation. And for what, because she is trying to earn a meager buck for spending money, probably only paid minimum wage? Yea, Adam Smith is a real hero for his cause. I am confident the gay and lesbians community, who are all too familiar with being bullied, do not support Adam Smith’s tactics of protest. And as for me, his smug crocodile tears because he was caught for being a horrible human in treating this young lady beneath him doesn’t cut it. You made your bed, pal, now sleep in it.