Chick-fil-A employee Rachel Elizabeth, who was on the butt end of Adam Smith‘s viral anti-Chick-fil-A stunt last week, made an exclusive appearance on Fox News’ Your World today with guest-host Stuart Varney. She expressed forgiveness for Smith’s attempt to bully her and bashfully accepted the praise Varney heaped upon her.
“I do forgive him. I think he realizes how bad it was to make that tape,” Elizabeth said after hearing a snippet of Smith’s subsequent apology video. “I feel sorry for him and his family, and for everything that has happened to him since.” Following the controversy over his video, Smith was promptly fired by his employer.
“I am glad I could be an example of how we should serve each other,” Elizabeth continued as Varney praised her for her grace given the tense situation Smith looked for. “It was hard — the attack about me and the company I work for — but I am glad I was prepared and the training and the upbringing I have had helped me get through that.”
“Were you tempted to give back as good as you got?” Varney asked.
“I am sure he was looking for me to react poorly,” Elizabeth responded, “It’s not in my personality. I would never do anything hateful in return.”
After hearing “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” organizer Mike Huckabee praise her on tape, Elizabeth concurred that “Chick-fil-a is all about treating people with honor, dignity, and respect. We don’t treat anyone differently no matter what their background is or their political decisions or anything like that.”
“I don’t know if i’m a hero, I’m just a service worker doing my job,” she said.
Finally, Varney asked her to directly address Smith via the camera. She obliged: “I forgive you. I really hope that America will forgive you and treat you with the respect that I chose to treat you with that day.”
UPDATE: We have confirmed that “Elizabeth” is Rachel’s middle name, and so Fox News did not reveal her full name as requested.
Watch the segment below, via Fox News:
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