Tuesday 16 January 2018

Former CFO 'unemployable' three years after viral video

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A former CFO is still unemployed three years after a viral video caused him to lose his $200,000-a-year job.

Adam Smith lost his job as an Arizona CFO when a video he posted to YouTube went viral for the wrong reasons.

Smith had videoed himself berating a Chick-fil-A employee over the company's donations to 'anti-gay organisations' before posting the clip to the popular video site.

Users online reacted badly to the clip, accusing Smith of 'bullying' a minimum-wage employee over something over which she has no control.

He has been reported to have had more than $1m in stock options, which were taken from him when he was fired.

Three years later, the former high-flying businessman is on food stamps and has not been able to find work.

Shortly after the video went viral, he removed the clip and posted an apology but the damage was done. A re-upload of his original video has over 1.4m views.

Rachel Elizabeth, the mild-mannered drive-through employee made famous by the video, told news reporters that she forgave him but it seems potential employers did not.

The video:



An interview with Rachel Elizabeth:


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