Business Executive Records Himself Badgering A Chick-Fil-A Employee, Surprised Everyone Thinks He’s A Jerk UPDATE: He’s Now An Unemployed Jerk

Adam M. Smith is the CFO and Treasurer at Vante, a medical device company in Tucson, Arizona and an Adjunct Lecturer at The University of Arizona. He’s also a bit of a dick.

Mr. Smith decided that he would participate in the Stand with Chick-Fil-A day, not to show support for the company, but to harass the drive-thru help. Here’s the video that he posted then pulled after the world found out about it and called him every name in the book.

Notice how utterly impressed with himself Smith is, and how completely unsympathetic he is the young woman who gracefully deals with his abuse. And how quaint of Mr. Smith the mention that he’s not gay, though I’ve got my doubts about that – not that it matters in this case.

Smith isn’t some Occupy Wall Street-type nobody, he’s part of the 1%. According to his soon to scrubbed LinkedIn profile and faculty pages he’s manages at least five people at Vante, and he teaches a class at Arizona. Pity those who have to work for or listen to this self-righteous douchebag, because you can be sure that this short video is probably just a taste of the kind of douchery that those who work for him have to endure.

Vante is an employee-owned medical technology company focused on, among other things, catheter development. Catheter’s are the tubes that they shove up various body cavities, and I can think of lot’s of slang expressions based on the medical devices his company makes that would apply to Smith.

H/T: Ace of Spades, Flopping Aces, Jim Treacher

Update: Vante has released the following statement:

Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith and an employee at Chick-fil-A. Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of our company.

The actions of Mr. Smith do not reflect our corporate values in any manner. Vante is an equal opportunity company with a diverse workforce, which holds diverse opinions. We respect the right of our employees and all Americans to hold and express their personal opinions, however, we also expect our company officers to behave in a manner commensurate with their position and in a respectful fashion that conveys these values of civility with others.

We hope that the general population does not hold Mr. Smith’s actions against Vante and its employees.

An apology from Mr. Smith would probably have sufficed, but it’s their company and they do what’s best for them. Thanks to the Miguel Marrero for pointing out the statement.

Update 2: Adam Smith has made an apology video and comes off even worse… Read all about it here – Adam Smith, the Vante CFO Who Got Fired For Bullying Chick-Fil-A Worker, Apologizes Like A Jerk

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  • http://www.facebook.com/chloe.ru.1 Chloe Ru

    Most likely Adam Smith behaves this way at work and his coworkers have been putting up with his arrogance for a long time. They are all breathing a collective sigh of relief today with the news that he is gone for good. The only hate I saw in this video is the nastiness from Adam Smith.

  • Guest

    I’m willing to bet Chick-fil-A trained all of its employees on exactly what to say to dudes like this guy.

    As for this dude himself … if he wanted to hector somebody from Chick-fil-A, he shouldn’t bully a high-school or college kid who’s just trying to do her job. Why not call up the franchisee and challenge him to a debate on the subject? At least that discussion would be between people on approximately the same social level.

    • jim_m

      You can see in the video that she is feeling very stressed. Watch how she blinks her eyes. That’s a sign of the stress. Considering everything she performed admirably.

      Since Smith was a lecturer at Univ of AZ one wonders how much his left wing politics entered into his classroom and how much he bullied his students.

      • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

        Does make you wonder, doesn’t it? The way he went off, you get the feeling it wasn’t the first time he’s pulled stuff like this?

        Just goes to show – don’t put anything on-line you wouldn’t want the whole world to see… including your boss or future employers. (Oh, and isn’t he going to have fun explaining THIS in his search for a new job?)

  • LiberalNightmare

    There should probably be some sort of basic intelligence test before your allowed to have a smart phone with a camera.

    • 914

      Should use the same test for voting..

  • http://twitter.com/intrfirst ][

    Hopefully anyone involved with providing information resulting in his firing, gets fired themselves. Preferably on uncontestable grounds.

    More importantly, hopefully this guy promptly finds a company willing to take him on as a CFO – somewhere that won’t bend to the political pressure or attacks. Vante and the University of Arizona were too cowardly to stand up to the witch hunt – something not good for them.

    • jim_m

      He could have spoken his mind and offered a specific and reasoned defense of his position and he would still have his job. He didn’t get sacked because his views were unpopular, Go back and read the press release from Vante.

      He lost his job because he was a rude and abusive jerk that attempted to humiliate an innocent worker.

      Vante makes it clear that they do not object to his views, but they object to his behavior. Nobody likes a bully. Vante doesn’t want to employ one. Good for them.

      • http://twitter.com/intrfirst ][

        Press releases generally are heavily sanitized accounts of what actually has happened. It would be wrong to take it at face value since their job is currently to act as damage control – which means they write it in a conciliatory manner while emphasizing who appeared to “do wrong”.

        I’d let things like this slide if I was involved in hiring him as a CFO – as it does not reflect his actions while on the job. On the other hand, the people who want to go scorched earth with his personal information – by removing his livelihood – I’d fire them and make sure they never came back.

        • 914

          Ummm , he fired himself by posting the video..

        • JimTreacher

          And if you let things like this slide as his boss, you’d be within your rights to do so. But you’re not his boss. Unless you want to hire him? Go right ahead.

        • 914

          “I’d fire them and make sure they never came back.”

          Looks like he is the one that won’t be coming back.

        • jim_m

          You’ve obviously never had an executive position in a small company. He was costing them a lot of embarrassment and likely costing them money. He made a national controversy the responsibility of senior management. As a C-level exec he represents the company. Not every company wants to be the epicenter of socially controversial issues.

          When you run a company with 75 employees you really don’t have the luxury of being a magnet for controversy. It’s not like making catheters is something the gay community is going to be able to bail you out on. Maybe they could switch to dog collars and the gay community would help, but it’s not exactly an adjacent market.

          You want to support him? Go start a company and hire the intollerent bigot yourself.

    • 914

      I helped by sending emails.. And sharing the link. Proud of it!!

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      Why?

      The guy’s a jerk. If he’ll treat someone he doesn’t even know like that, how does he treat the people he interacts with as CFO?

      If nothing else, he gave an unguarded look at what he’s really like. Really appealing, wasn’t it?

      • http://twitter.com/intrfirst ][

        At some larger company, he’d still have a job and they’d have prosecuted the people trying to spam the company. He just happened to be someone who was an easy target for the size of the company.

        You’d be surprised to see that the business community isn’t as honorable as you think it is – or should be.

        If I’m ever in need of such a product, I’ll see to it that companies with more spine to them are chosen over cowards like Vante.

        • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

          Depends on the company. Trouble is – this guy was high-level. A low-level flunky MIGHT have gotten away with it with a slap on the wrist.

          But this guy?

          Stuff like this isn’t a one-off sort of thing. He had this planned, he was ready to record it, he was gloating about what he was going to do. A small bit of intentional cruelty – to make him feel good about himself.

          And stuff like this doesn’t exist in a vacuum – he didn’t just wake up one morning and go “I think I’ll go be a dick to some window drone because I don’t agree with the stance the company takes” – this indicates clearly what sort of person he was in real life.

          It wouldn’t surprise me at all to find he’d been talked to for this sort of stuff many times before, even gotten a few letters of reprimand in his file.

          Somehow, I don’t think he’s feeling so great about himself this morning.

  • CitizenSoldier

    His arrogance and incivility has not only cost him his job, but I doubt very seriously that any self-respecting female will see fit to give any pussy because he is so boorish toward women. So, he’s out of a job, no more female companionship, and since he is on record as a member of the “Un-Gay”, he isn’t even going to get his fudge packed. He’s totally self-screwed.

  • retired.military

    The idiot got fired after this. Justice is served. Karma once again proves she is a bitch.

  • 914

    That free cup of water was pretty expensive with all those strings attached!

    Hah ahahahahaahahahaa

  • retired.military

    I eagerly await someone from the left verbally abusing the African American preachers who came out against gay marriage this week.

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  • Jerzey George

    There is a God.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Baron Von Ottomatic

    I’m just glad my momma raised me smart enough to know I shouldn’t video myself doing stupid shit and publish it.

    We’re way, way less than 500 years from Idiocracy. Five hundred weeks, maybe.

    • jim_m

      Not even 500 days. There’s an election in November and we reelect this admin and we will have it.

  • VBartilucci

    It’s the minute and a half of him doing nothing but act excited about what he’s about to do that just MAKES the video.

  • ablingcain

    the pompous oaf got his pompous arse slapped down and out. Marvelous!

  • ablingcain

    jus think how about the great campaign boost that rahm and menino and the other fool mayor just gave the GOP. Obama and his socialist s must be withing in pain.

    1600 Chick-Fil-A sites,every one doing record business. The one i went to in
    NE Philadelphia had over 700 people by 4pm. The line I stood in was three deep all around the three sides to the entrance door. There was a buzz about the ‘gays’ planning a protest at the store this Friday and all the people around us said they would be back on Friday to support the chickin again.

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  • dj23

    lucky guy, now Adam can spend all day at the c-f-a kiss-in and not have to worry about calling in sick, or getting fired!

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  • MisterH

    Hmm, Did any of you see his FB page? The guy’s interests include LGBT Democrats group, Obama (no surprise there), North Korea, Kim Il Sung, AND…. a FB group dedicated to adult men who are attracted to teenage boys. But he’s not gay of course!

    • jim_m

      Unless there is a cached view of that page we really have no proof of that. It’s the first I’ve heard of it.

      • MisterH

        Here’s his FB Interests page. See his “Ephebophila” link:

        https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004171083953&sk=favorites

        Although it says it was created yesterday. Maybe a plant?

        • jim_m

          Sorry. I call bullshit. Everything seems to have been created in the last day and a half. This just looks like someone copied his photo and faked the page. All the likes were done within minutes of each other.

          I think the guy is a creep and a loser, but I don’t feel the need to make up stuff. He provided plenty already.

  • jim_m

    There is now a Support Rachel site that is run by the young lady’s boyfriend.

    And the d-bag Adam Smith has posted a rambling apology.

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  • jjjddd

    THE KISS IN WAS SO FUNNY! FAMILY, SIGNS, DOGS ROLLING IN THE GRASS A FEW LICKING THEIR A$$E$ SOMEONE WOULD WALK BY, SHOW UP! PEOPLE WOULD TALK! DOGS WOULD CHECK EACH OTHER OUT! SNIFFING, LICKING TRY TO HUMP? GBLT DECIDED TO WALK AROUND THE ‘CHICK -fil -A’!!!!!!!!!!!! THE ‘FRONT’ & ‘SIDE ENTRANCES’ & ‘DRIVE THOUGH’ SO EVERYONE WOULD SEE THE GAY PARADE! FOR MEDIA ATTENTION A CAMERA SHOTS! PICKED UP THEIR PRETTY PUPPIES! THE PUPPIES WERE SO HAPPY TO SEE THEM OWNERS! KISSY, KISSES, LICK LICK!!!!!!!!!! THEN THE GBLT COMMUNITY STATED KISSY, KISSES, TONGUE & PASSIONATE KISSES! MORE & MORE KISSES!! FOR THE CAMERAS!!!! “”O.M.G.””
    WITH LOTS OF ALTERNATE LIFESTYLES PEOPLE & THEIR “””$HIT EATING GRINS”””! BOW WOW!!!!!!

    WE WERE PARKED IN THE THE NEXT PARKING LOT AT THE MALL WHILE SHOPPING! THE KISSERS SEEN US LAUGHING OUR A$$E$ OF AND TOOK OFFENSE TOO OUR JOCULARITY! COMING OVER AND TRYING TO INTIMIDATE US TOO! MY DOGS WERE BIGGER THAN THERE’S!

    WE TOLD THEM IT WAS A HETEROSEXUAL THING! THEY WOULD NOT UNDERSTAND AND DROVE OFF AS THEY CURSED AT US! HELD UP THERE SIGNS AND ‘ I THINK THEY WERE ALL “1 YEARS OLD’S WAVING” BUT I DID NOT HEAR ANYONE ASK HOW OLD THEY WHERE? OH! WELL!!!! GO FOR IT!!!! GBLT!!!!!!!!!!!

    KISSING ALL THOSE DOGS A$$ES BY PROXY!!!!!!!!!!!!! GBLT KEEP THOSE TAILS WAGGING! HAHAHAHA HAH! HAPPY ——– PUPPIES AND DOGS!

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  • irabelon

    Mr. Smith apology is a little beat to late. Go and join the unemployed, you can start digging ditches or flipping hamburgers for a living like most of us like Rachel whom you harassed trying to make a living. adios.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Schulze/100000103885303 Richard Schulze

    Hey there, Adam M Smith. I pray you spend the rest of your days unemployed, penniless, divorced and homeless. I’ve worked with too many management types just like you.

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