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Published On: Tue, Apr 7th, 2015

Internet Footprint curses Chick-fil-A protester Adam Mark Smith,

The ex-CFO and Chick-fil-A protester who lost his job after posting a video rant  and inquisition against one of the chain’s employees has since lost his home and lives on food stamps. The man claims that the Internet presence and legacy creates a shadow he cannot escape.

Adam Mark Smith, 37, who worked for an Arizona-based medical device manufacturer, was shamed and humiliated after the 2012 YouTube video was posted showing him berating employee Rachel Elizabeth over the company’s founder’s stance to not widely support same-sex relationships.

NATIONAL SAME SEX KISS DAY at Chick-fil-A at 825 Ellsworth Drive in Silver Spring, Maryland on Friday afternoon, 3 August 2012 by Elvert Barnes Protest Photography

NATIONAL SAME SEX KISS DAY at Chick-fil-A at 825 Ellsworth Drive in Silver Spring, Maryland on Friday afternoon, 3 August 2012 by Elvert Barnes Protest Photography

Smith is a married father of four still searching for a new job after being fired Vante. Smith was earning $200,000 annually and had more than $1million in stock options.

“I was cringing while I was doing it. But it was also a protest,” Smith said to KPTV. “I’ve seen other protests, and this seems like a mild protest, and I explained it away in my mind while I was in the drive-thru.”

The woman who was the target of Smith’s rant appeared to handle the verbal assault with grace, even wishing Smith a nice day on his way out of the drive-thru.

Smith later posted a video apologizing to the woman. She accepted the apology in an appearance on national television, but by then, Smith had drawn the ire of Chick-fil-A supporters and other critics who say “you reap what you sow.”

Smith couldn’t find another job in Tucson, and had to sell the family’s home and move to Portland in a used RV. Once in Oregon, he managed to land another job as a CFO, or so he thought.

“Someone must have googled my name, and it went viral in the company, and it became a distraction,” said Smith. “They fired me the day after Thanksgiving.”

That was more than two years ago, and Smith said he has been unable to find work ever since, getting a few offers that were later rescinded. He said he has learned from his experience, and regrets making the protest video.

“I was not happy with the way I treated her. Not at all,” said Smith. “I think people just need to see who I really am. Right now there’s a 2.5 minute video that defines me on the Internet.”

Smith has written a book, titled “Million Dollar Cup of Water,” that describes his experience. He said he, his wife, and four kids are currently getting by on an income of about $25,000 a year and food stamps.

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  2. J O'D says:

    Entitled arsehole abuses low-paid worker, gets fired forpoor judgement, writes self-pitying justification of his lousy behavior and is shocked by the $250k/year job offers that are not flooding in?

    No rational business will ever trust this arsehole with any position of power. He’s shown that he will — happily and self-righteously — abuse those below him.

    Get used to manual labor, arsehole.

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