Below is a video taken via cell phone. This man waits in line for some time for his free water just to harass whomever it is that has the unfortunate pleasure of being at the drive-thru window of Chick-Fil-A. You can see the woman is exceedingly pleasant (I have never been greeted so warmly) completely unaware that she is being ambushed.
What’s most disturbing is as her disposition becomes increasingly stressed he seems to really feed on it, as though he’s trying to see if he can make her cry. Seemingly unsatisfied that she hasn’t committed suicide right there on the spot, she tries to gracefully end the conversation multiple times, but he persists. At one point he begins to drive away and apparently realizes he hasnt made her cry yet and starts on her again. After telling her he doesn’t know how she can live with herself, he tells her Chick-Fil-A has horrible values. Not like the pristine values of dressing down the drive-thru worker.
This episode only serves to ground my opinion that this anti-CFA movement — if you can call it that — is driven by anti-Christian bigotry. A Christian vocalized his Christian values and for it the employees are subjected to “holier than thou” activists like this. I’d bet all the money I could borrow he drove off thinking to himself, “I could’ve said more, dammit!”.
The loving treat-everyone-with-dignity-and-respect begins at the 1:04 mark. I only wish I was working the window. She however, deserves a raise.
UPDATE: Via Legal Insurrection: The person in the film, Adam Smith, has lost his job
Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith and an employee at Chick-fil-A. Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of our company.
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.
We hope that the general population does not hold Mr. Smith’s actions against Vante and its employees.
I agree with Legal Insurrection’s sentiment. The man who felt it was his job to belittle the CFA worker, as juvenile an incident as it was, should not have been fired. His actions were in grotesquely poor taste, but not — in my opinion — a terminable offense. I am however, surprised that it was a CFO of a corporation who acted with the maturity of a teenager.
UPDATE: Originally, I had agreed with LI’s take that the “gentleman” harassing the girl should not have been fired. After some time to contemplate, I have changed that stance. Dan Cathy was asked in an interview his views on the subject and merely offered his view unattached from action. This activist, on the other hand, intentionally planned to harass an innocent third-party. He drove to CFA with no other intention than to ‘take a stand’. He began recording himself prior to the encounter discussing his plans. When he got to the window, he did all he could to try to shame the employee and insult her employer and herself. He did so despite multiple efforts she made to end the discussion politely. He continued on and on as though his mission had not been fully accomplished. Many employers, as noted, require their upper echelon to uphold a certain public impression. By posting his employer’s name and his position, he associated himself, his actions, and his views with his employer. I am willing to accept the correct — but not necessary — decision was made. On the bright side, I hear Chick-Fil-A is hiring.