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Chick-fil-A Employee Quits After Nine Year: “It’s Become A Safe Place To Hate”

Despite his age, prospects and the country’s lingering economic uncertainties, 60-year-old Chick-fil-A staffer Steve Cammett has given the company the bird after nine years.

“It’s become a safe place for people to hate and expect to be patted on the back for it,” says the former employee. “I don’t want to work in that kind of environment.”

For Cammett, who is heterosexual it’s personal. In an emotional interview with CBS 46 in Atlanta, he discusses his sister, a lesbian who died in 1992, and reflects on how Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s comments foster an environment of intolerance and hate.

He relates one story in which a customer put his arm around a coworker recently and said, We are sure glad your company is taking a stand against those perverts. “That person was gay [but the customer] didn’t know it,” says Cammett. “And I just thought, ‘Wow. What has happened here?’”

If any Queerty readers in Atlanta are looking to hire an upstanding man of principle, we think Cammett would make a good addition to your team. (This appears to be his Facebook profile.) Plus, he knows his way around a deep fryer, which is always a plus.