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Harassed Chick-fil-A Employee Speaks of Forgiveness

  • Religion Today
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  • 2012 Aug 08
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The worker at a Tuscon, Ariz., Chick-fil-A who was berated by an activist who made a viral video of the incident says she wants to meet with him face-to-face even though he already apologized, Fox News reports. "I appreciate that he came forward, but I'm definitely interested in speaking with him," said 26-year-old Rachel, who was working the window last Wednesday on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day when Adam Smith videotaped himself going through the drive-thru, ordering only free water and expressing his disgust. "Chick-fil-A is a hateful company," he told Rachel on the video, which he originally posted on YouTube before removing it. "I don't know how you sleep at night. This is a horrible corporation with horrible values." Rachel remained polite throughout the exchange and wished Smith a nice day. "I'm Christian and God tells us to love thy neighbor," she said, referring to how she kept her composure. Smith, who received backlash from the public after posting the video and was even fired from his position as a CEO, posted a second video in which he apologized: "Rachel, I am so very sorry for the way I spoke to you on Wednesday. You handled my frustrating rant with such dignity and composure. Every time I watch the video I am blown away by really the beauty in what you did, and your kindness, and your patience with me."