A North Carolina man accused of racial profiling at his neighborhood pool has lost his job after a video of the incident went viral on social media this week, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. A few hours later, she posted the video on her Facebook account and it went viral.
The responding officers determined Abhulimen and her son live in the neighborhood and had a pool access card.
"Nobody else was asked for their ID". "I am the only black person here with my son - and he walked all the way to me, to ask for my ID".
Abhulimen could not immediately be reached for comment Friday. Lawyer John Vermitsky issued a statement Friday saying his client feels awful and didn't intend to discriminate. "The well-documented incident, which involves activities at a neighborhood pool, does not reflect the core values of our company, and the employee is no longer employed by the company in any respect", Sonoco said in a statement. Edwards refused to give up her ID, and so Bloom called police. Bloom, keeper of swimming pool regulations, is unable to point to posted regulations that suggest the rule.
In the video, Bloom tries to justify his actions, saying he often asks residents for their ID.
So Bloom had a solution. She also had a key card that opens the gate to the pool, proving that she was allowed there.
Of course, Edwards says. "I'm with a baby", Edwards scoffs.
"If she has a card to get in the pool, I believe that should be enough", an officer said.
The video appears to be recorded after the officers got to the scene, during which time the woman shares her experience.
Bloom, however, is not satisfied.
"Do you want to apologize?" Yet, for whatever reason, that wasn't enough for him. Edwards then asked for an apology. "Normally, the pool would have had a sign-in sheet, where pool members list their name and address and which Mr Bloom could have referenced; unfortunately, the sign-in sheet was not set out that day", Bloom's attorney wrote in a letter.
"They kind of make their way around sometimes", an unapologetic Bloom replied. Those who have been removed in the past, the lawyer said, included people of all ages and races. The statement also condemns racism as "abhorrent, wrong and [having] no place in a free country".
Vermitsky said Bloom is now getting death threats and had to leave his home with his wife and three children to find a safer location.
In a statement it said Mr Bloom had resigned from his position as the pool chairman and a board member.
"We sincerely regret that an incident occurred yesterday at our community pool that left neighbors feeling racially profiled", the association said in its statement.
In a Twitter post, the company said that the situation, though outside the workplace, doesn't reflect its company values.
Vermitsky told the Winston-Salem Journal that Bloom's resignation did not confirm any wrongdoing. "Would you mind if I see your keycard?" "He called the police to make sure that the interaction didn't escalate". "I don't mind showing it to you, but it's not a requirement for me to use the pool like he was requesting", Edwards tells the police.