The Chick-fil-A employee, Rachel, appeared on national television to give her side of the story, along with her reaction to the ex-CFO’s apology.
In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Rachel forgave Adam Smith for his viral video and hoped that “America will forgive you and treat you with the respect that I chose to treat you with that day.”
Watch the video below:
Reminder to all the CFOs out there: Before your anger gets the best of you, stop and count to 10.
This is some advice that Vante Inc.’s former CFO, Adam Smith, must not have heard before or he just refused to take it.
Smith must have been intent on joining the Chick-fil-A controversy, which stems from the fast-food chain’s president, Dan Cathy’s vocal opposition to gay marriage.
So much so that he decided to record himself on video (video below) going through a Chick-fil-A drive-through — for a cup of water — and then verbally unloading on Rachel, the uncomfortable employee who displays more patience than most would in a situation like that.
“I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here,” Smith said to the employee. “This is a horrible corporation with horrible values.”
Rachel expresses her discomfort with the entire situation but acts professional throughout the entire ordeal.
“I’m a nice guy by the way and I’m totally heterosexual,” he says before driving away. “Just can’t stand the hate.”
Unfortunately, Vante Inc., a medical device manufacturer based out of Tucson, didn’t think Smith was being such a nice guy. They fired him once the video went viral and issued a statement offering regret for Smith’s actions.
Smith is sorry, too, as evidenced by this 7-minute video apology.
One last reminder: If you want to act out like Smith, that’s one thing. But don’t put your activities on YouTube — you’re just asking for trouble.