Adam Smith was making $200,0000 a year until he released a video in which he criticized a Chick-fil-A employee about the company’s stance on gay rights. Three years later, the former CFO is on food stamps.
Smith went through a Chick-fil-A drive-thru, ordering a free cup of water, in order to record his protestation of Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay stance. In the video, he takes an employee named Elizabeth to task, because the CEO of her company invested money into anti-gay organizations.
The video went viral overnight, but not for the reasons you would think.
Turns out, if you put up a video about bullying a minimum wage employee while you’re making a great deal of money yourself, all over statements and decisions from a man she’s never met before, you’re gonna have a bad time.
After this, Smith remained upfront about the video in job interviews, which as it turns out, isn’t such a good idea. The video has followed him ever since, keeping him completely unemployable for the past three years.
Which brings about two questions: 1) How far is too far when trying to make your stand? And 2) How long should someone be held accountable for their virality?
The first one seems to be answered already. Don’t bully people, particularly innocent people who are likely just trying to make ends meet. Actually, just don’t bully people at all, it seldom ends well.
But it’s been three years — how long is enough of a punishment? Here in the US, we don’t have Right to be Forgotten laws to protect those who, yes, did something terrible or extraordinary.
Maybe it’s time that we start thinking about it.
What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments down below.