A former CFO is now on food stamps after a video he posted on YouTube back in 2012 criticizing Chick-Fil-A went viral and destroyed his career.
Adam Smith was the CFO of a medical device manufacturer in Tucson, Arizona, and life was good. Until one day in the summer of 2012, when he decided to protest Chick-Fil-A’s anti-gay stance. Not by boycotting the fast food chain like most people would, but by being a dick and berating a poor drive-thru attendant who had nothing to do with it. And he videotaped the encounter for good measure, which he then posted on YouTube.
“Chick-Fil-A is a hateful corporation,” Smith said to the drive-thru attendant. “I don’t know how you live with yourself and work here. I don’t understand it. This is a horrible corporation with horrible values. You deserve better.”
He felt pretty good about his actions, but when he got back to work, he was in for a major shock. “I got into work and the receptionist, the first thing, big eyes, ‘Adam, what did you do?’ … she said, ‘The voicemail is completely full, and it’s full of bomb threats,'” Smith said in an interview with ABC News’ 20/20.
As a result of his bonehead move, he was fired from the company, losing his $200,000 a year salary, along with over $1 million in stock options! Soon after, they lost their home and were forced to move into an RV. A new CFO job in Portland seemed like a second chance for Smith, but two weeks later, he was fired from that job when his new boss discovered the video. And he’s been unemployable ever since.
It’s been almost three years now, and Smith still hasn’t been able to find a job. The family survives on food stamps, and it’s a chilling reminder that what you post on the Internet can come back to haunt you for years to come. Something to think about the next time you’re about to upload a compromising selfie..