“I’m a nice guy, by the way.”
—– Adam M. Smith, ex-CFO at Vante, a Tucson medical supplies manufacturer, in the middle of a two-and-a-half minute abusive dressing down of a Chick-fil-A drive-in employee, which he filmed himself and placed on YouTube.
Mr. Smith isn’t a nice guy, you see. He’s a vile bully and a jerk, who thinks it appropriate to embarrass and abuse an innocent employee of a restaurant because he happens not to agree with the politics and moral positions of the company’s owner. Whatever his cause may be (I almost wrote “beef,” which would have been inappropriate for a chicken place), there can be no excuse for his choosing as the target of his indignation a minimum wage clerk who has no control, power or influence over the situation, the issue, the controversy or anything, other than getting Smith his order, which in this case was a cup of water. He made her his captive audience for verbal abuse, ignored her objections when she said she didn’t want to be filmed, and generally took the ethical principles of fairness,respect, kindness, proportion, caring, compassion and reciprocity and tore them into little bits to throw in her face. He cannot claim some utilitarian justification , because attacking this poor young woman could logically accomplish nothing positive whatsoever.
Wait—I take that back. The video served to alert millions to beware of this rude, rabid and self-righteous champion of gay rights, who equates faith-based advocacy for the current law of the United States of America with “hate.”
His definitions are confused. Hateful is how he treated an innocent bystander to the Chick-fil-A flap. And “nice” would be aiming his invective where it belongs, rather than demanding, from his lucrative perch as a well-compensated corporate executive, that a bottom-rung fast-food employee surrender her job in a recession to conform with his political priorities.
Now, since his former employer didn’t appreciate his conduct, she is employed, and he isn’t.
It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
Facts and Graphic: Arizona Daily Star
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