- The Washington Times - Friday, March 27, 2015

Adam Smith, the former medical-device executive whose career was ruined when a video of him berating a Chick-Fil-A employee for the company’s anti-gay stance went viral, said his family is now homeless and living on food stamps.

Mr. Smith, 37, who was the CFO of an Arizona-based catheter manufacturer, told ABC’s “20/20” he was fired after recording an exchange between himself and a drive-thru cashier in June 2012, as the fast-food chain was embroiled in a national controversy over company President Dan Cathy’s public opposition to gay marriage.

“I don’t know how you live with yourself,” he told the cashier in the video, adding that the company was a “hateful corporation.”


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Mr. Smith said that since losing his job in Arizona, his wife and their four children were forced to sell their home and live in an RV. Employers have been reluctant to hire him because of his past, he said.

“I don’t regret the stand I took, but I regret … the way I talked to her. … I think people are scared,” Mr. Smith said. “I think people are scared that it could happen again.”



Mr. Smith said that he was paid $200,000 a year at the job before being fired. He also lost $1 million in stock options.

“It was taken when I lost my employment,” he told ABC. He has also written a new memoir, “A Million Dollar Cup of Water.”

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