A former Chief Financial Officer who lost his high-paying job after he posted a video of himself online harassing a Chick-fil-A employee, admits that he and his family now live on food stamps because the video has made him unemployable.
In a feature produced by ABC News, Adam Smith says he has no one but himself to blame, having lost his job and his home after rashly posting video which went viral.
In the 2012 video, which Smith has since taken down, the former executive for a medical device manufacturer bullied a Chick-fil-A cashier over her company’s anti-gay policies after chief operating officer Dan T. Cathy made statements opposing same-sex marriage.
Smith filmed himself pulling up to the drive-thru window where he told the cashier, “I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here. I don’t understand it. This is a horrible corporation with horrible values. You deserve better.”
According to Smith, the day after he posted the video, he arrived at work only to be stopped by the receptionist.
“The receptionist, first thing, big eyes, said ‘Adam, what did you do? The voice mail is completely full, and it’s full of bomb threats,’ ” he explained.
After refusing to resign, he was fired losing his $200,000 annual salary and over $1 million in stock options in the process.
Unable to find a job with prospective employers uncovering information about him and the Chick-fil-A video online — losing one job in Portland two weeks after starting when his employers discovered it — Smith says he has taken to showing the video at job interviews to get it out in the open and out of the way.
After three years, Smith remains unemployed with his wife becoming the sole source of income and the family receiving food stamps.
Watch the video below from ABC News: