Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you know that liberal activists weirdly tried to politicize the fast food industry, using the personal opinions of Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy as a pretext for bullying men and women of faith — particularly Christian men and women. (Islam is off limits to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and his Boston buddy Mayor Thomas Menino.)
When I don’t like a company or a product I simply don’t shop there. I have a job and a life and generally think it’s weird to be wondering how the president of Olive Garden feels about partial birth abortion. What I would never do is what Adam M. Smith did to a poor young woman working the window at a Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, which was to harass her and berate her in a way that solidifies his position as a Grade A loser. Apparently his bosses thought so too, because he was fired when evidence of the clip went viral (the original post was taken down).
What kind of jerk berates a cashier who simply wants to give a guy a free glass of water? He even ended with “I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here.” Perhaps I should see if the CEO of Taco Bell is an Obama supporter — and by extension in favor of his Terror Tuesday assassination meetings, which would then give me the cover to harangue some poor teenager with acne. Or not, because I’m not a jerk.
Question: Is the union of a man and a woman, in which it is generally assumed that children will follow and that they will be raised in a loving home by their biological parents, something special? Is that a bond that deserves to have a unique institution carved out for itself within society? Is that an ideal that should be held up and cherished for the role it plays in creating a healthy, vibrant civilization? That is a very worthwhile debate, but it is harder and harder to have because of men like Adam M. Smith, bullies who literally “drive by” with hateful rants disguised as a call for tolerance. He is Chris Matthews without the MSNBC contract.
Before he was fired, Adam M. Smith was a CFO. He was a CFO who chose to ambush a young woman with a video camera. He peppered her with questions and insults, knowing full well that she wasn’t the appropriate target for his rage and that the drive-through window wasn’t the appropriate forum for a debate. His victim handled herself with poise and grace. She killed him with kindness, and in a few short minutes the ugly left told us everything we needed to know about it.
Bravo to this young woman for handling herself like a true professional. Take notes, Adam. Maybe you can use them during your next job interview.