I was unaware of it until just a short while ago, but it seems that during “Chick Fil A Appreciation Day” a man named Adam Smith (yes, the irony is flabbergasting) made a video of himself berating the random Chick Fil A employee he confronted after ordering a cup of water. What first struck me about the story was just how monumentally stupid you’d have to be to do something like that. At most, you’d have to figure your strongest effect would be to make a hard-working person’s day lousy – along with having to deal with all the actual work and, of course, the genuine customers who make demands which can run from the difficult to the impossible, here comes a guy who wants to rant and rave at you for the positions held by a senior, corporate boss you’ve probably never met. Additionally, there is the chance that if you wanted to go off on a rant like that then the person you’re ranting to might actually be someone on your side: people don’t carry their views on signs tacked to their heads…for all this dunderhead knew the person he confronted could have ended up not just being in favor of gay marriage, but also actually gay…and maybe even hoping to get married. What possible good effect could you hope to have by doing it?
But now it turns out that the video Smith posted and which went viral has resulted in his being fired:
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…
So, Smith is now unemployed in addition to being revealed as an idiot. As someone who has suffered because of the expression of speech (long time readers will remember that I’ve been stalked, my car has been vandalized, I’m pretty sure my computer has been hacked – and along with threats of violence, I also had one person try to post a picture of my house on the ‘net…turns out it was a house belonging to a different Mark Noonan) I do feel bad for Smith losing his job and I hope his employer reconsiders the move. But I also hope that Smith and everyone else learns a lesson: there is no need to get nasty about politics. It really isn’t the be all and end all of existence. To build yourself up to such a level of hate that you are doing monumentally stupid things – as Smith did – is just bizarre.
Relax. Take it easy. For me, it is pretty simple – God wins and as I’m trying to walk with God, I’ll be ok, in the long run. If you don’t believe in God then it can get a bit more tricky…but, still, you’re not going to live forever on this earth. When you’re dead will it matter if you managed to get off a rant on some random person? What is the point of being a jerk? What do you get out of it? A sense of superiority? Is it really that much of a rush? That much a salve to your pride? For goodness sakes, take a pill – have a glass of wine; go watch the sun set. But don’t go off on a rant. Stupid.