It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:
This is one of those things that makes progressives look really, really bad:
An executive at a medical manufacturing firm lost his job after a YouTube video of him verbally ambushing a young employee at a Tucson Chick-fil-A went viral.
Adam Smith, formerly Chief Financial Officer at Vante, stepped down after the video — which Smith shot and uploaded himself —caused embarrassment to the company. […] In the video, which runs 2 minutes, 21 seconds, Smith enters the drive-thru, explaining that he’s ordered a free cup of water. Once the employee hands him his cup, he lambastes her employer, calling Chick-fil-A “a hateful corporation” and “a horrible corporation with horrible values” that “gives money to hate groups.”
Yes, of course. You think the restaurant chain is a “hateful corporation”, so you go to a drive-thru and yell at someone making minimum wage with no power in the company. Because that is really going to make a difference.
And if was not clear that Smith set out to look like the stereotypical, elitist, progressive douchebag:
In Smith’s video, the employee at the drive-through window, taken aback, tells Smith that she’s uncomfortable being filmed. Smith does not back off.
“I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here,” Smith says to the employee, before calling himself “totally heterosexual” and saying there’s “not a gay in me” and “I just can’t stand the hate.” He also says he’s “I’m a nice guy, by the way.”
After he’s done talking to her, he says he thinks he “just did something really good” and “I feel purposeful.”
Unfortunately for Smith, many people, including his employer, did not agree. The medical company Vante fired Smith:
Roger Vogel, Chairman, President and CEO of Vante, said the decision for Smith to step down was mutual. Vogel said he was “shocked” by the video, which he first discovered when people emailed him a link.
“We obviously found it very disturbing,” Vogel said. “We respect everybody’s ability to share their opinions in the public square and we have a very diverse workforce with a diverse set of opinions. We expect employees to behave in a professional manner that’s commensurate with their positions, and discuss their opinions in a civil fashion. … We thought what he did was inappropriate.”
I do not know that firing Smith was the best decision. Technically, he is allowed to be as much of a douche as he wants to. However, I can understand Vogel position. The media quickly cited where Smith worked, and that could result in people thinking that Vante shares Smith’s sentiments.
One must the irony of that.