Many took immediate joy from reports that Adam Smith, the man who posted a YouTube video of himself hassling a Chick-fil-A drive-thru worker, was fired from his CFO gig following the incident. However, opinion is split on whether this was a fireable offense.
Aaron Walker (who blogs as Aaron Worthing) knows a thing or two about bullying, what with having had a SWAT team called to his house to intimidate him. But Walker, an attorney, is pensive about the whole affair.
PJ Media blogger Bob Owens is wary of the firing as well, pledging to “fight until my last breath for his right to be a bigoted jerk.”
Another lawyer, William A. Jacobson of Cornell Law School and the Legal Insurrection blog, isn’t cheering either. “Aren’t many of the arguments you can make in favor of the termination just variations on the arguments used against conservatives all the time?” he writes.
Is this one of those cases that walks the fine line between fireable offense and stupid mistake?
While liberals insisted a visit to Chick-fil-A was a proud statement of anti-big bigotry, conservatives argued they were asserting the right to free speech and practice of religion. Is Smith’s YouTube stunt just an equal, if opposite, exercise of free speech?
Were these really the actions of a corporate chief financial officer? And if so, does his position in the company demand a more harsh treatment? Shouldn’t his behavior at least match that of the woman working the drive-thru window?
For the most part, Smith’s (former?) employer Vante is receiving accolades for the firing.