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Updated Aug 3, 2012 - 9:48 am

Tucson executive out of job after Chick-fil-A set-to

PHOENIX -- A Tucson executive has lost his job after a confrontation with an employee at a Chick-fil-A.

Adam Smith, former CFO and treasurer of Tucson medical equipment manufacturer Vante, posted videos to YouTube showing his confrontation with a Chick-fil-A worker at a drive-thru.

Smith told the worker she was working for a hateful corporation and that he didn't know how she can live with herself.

The worker handled herself professionally during the entire encounter.

Smith's former company released a statement:

"Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith and an employee at Chick-fil-A. Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of our company.

"The actions of Mr. Smith do not reflect our corporate values in any manner. Vante is an equal opportunity company with a diverse workforce, which holds diverse opinions. We respect the right of our employees and all Americans to hold and express their personal opinions, however, we also expect our company officers to behave in a manner commensurate with their position and in a respectful fashion that conveys these values of civility with others.

"We hope that the general population does not hold Mr. Smith's actions against Vante and its employees."

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Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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