Ex-CFO who hammered Chick-fil-A worker now homeless and on food stamps

Some call it cosmic karma, others call it a case of what comes around goes around, and in the Marine Corps family-friendly version is that payback’s a med-evac. Call it what you will, but few will deny that the life of Adam M. Smith, an ex-adjunct lecturer at Eller College in Arizona and also the ex-CFO of Vante medical device manufacturing company has certainly nosedived since his verbal savaging of a hapless Chick-fil-A cashier back in 2012.

As reported by The Washington Times on March 27, 2015, when Smith took it upon himself to video record his own personal style of social activism in the wake of the Chick-fil-A controversy of just a few short years ago, he’s admitted that since then that he, his wife and their four children have lost their home and savings. According to Smith, the entire family now calls an RV home as well as being dependent on food stamps to feed his family.

What started when Chick-fil-A Chief Operating Officer and company president Dan T. Cathy was a guest on the Ken Coleman radio program during the summer of 2012, Cathy was asked his opinion on homosexual marriage, which he happens to disagree with on the grounds of his own religious beliefs. In turn, due to his publicly voicing his personal opinion, his comments caused a firestorm of anger and condemnation against the bovine-friendly family-owned restaurant chain.

While Cathy was branded as an intolerant bigot by many on the left, the Atlanta Constitution Journal published on July 26, 2012 exactly what the hen honcho stated on the radio: “As it relates to society in general, I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than You as to what constitutes a marriage. I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.”

Enter Adam Smith. Filming himself on his camera phone for posterity, Smith launched into a rather provocative berating aimed directly against the first Chick-fil-A employee he came into contact with. Assigned to the drive-thru at the time, many credit Rachel Elizabeth with conducting herself in a poised and controlled manner in the face of Smith verbally accosting her with comments such as “I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here.” Not done yet, Smith added “This is a horrible corporation with horrible values.”

With emotions still rubbed raw on both sides and his video garnering hits aplenty on-line, Great Britain’s The Daily Mail noted on March 26, 2015 that Smith found his employer at the time to be less than thrilled with his hand at being a video vigilante. While Smith was CFO for Vante, he was pulling in a cool $200,000 annually and had more than $1 million in stock options, which he promptly lost when Vante canned him. The company quickly released a statement saying: “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.”

Smith eventually did pull his video off the internet, and posted in its stead an eight minute long apologia explaining his actions. During the course of his explanation, Smith did apologize to Rachel Elizabeth. ‘I am so very sorry for the way I spoke to you,’ said Smith in the video. Shown Smith’s apology for the first time on Fox News, Elizabeth accepted it, stating “I do forgive him. I think he realizes how bad it was to make that tape. I feel sorry for him and his family, and for everything that has happened to him since.”

According to The Daily Mail, “While Smith is unsure if the incident will ever go away, he has turned to meditation, and has written a memoir, A Million Dollar Cup of Water: Discovering the Wealth in Authenticity. The book tells of how his backlash from the public took him from riches to rags, to ‘true wealth’.”