Request for pool ID gets man fired


Request for pool ID gets man fired

According to the Winston-Salem Journal, Adam Bloom got his pink slip from his employee Sonoco for being accused of racism after asking a Black woman for her ID at a community pool.

Adam Bloom, 40, identified by the Winston-Salem Police Department, asked for Edwards address, which she provided, and an ID to prove that she lived where she said she did.

In a July 4 video that went viral, Bloom appears to demand identification from Jasmine Edwards as she attempted to enter her neighborhood pool.

"Nobody else was asked for their ID".

The Glenridge Homeowners Association said Thursday afternoon that Bloom resigned as the pool's chairman and association board member.

Abhulimen started recording their interaction when the cops were already there.

Edwards explains that the only way she was able to get into the pool was with the key card, adding that she wouldn't have climbed the fence to get in because she has a baby. She had already provided her address and so there was no need for an identification. After this, the officer asked if he could borrow her pool card to demonstrate to Bloom that it was valid.

In the video, Edwards can be heard repeatedly asking Bloom to apologize, but he ignored the request. They determined that Abhulimen had a pool access card which provided her with proper access to the pool. And when it did, they told Bloom that it proved that Abhulimen had every right to be there as well.

Bloom's attorney told the Winston-Salem Journal that Bloom had approached Edwards after a female pool member asked him whether Edwards was a member.

"There's the rule back there", says Bloom, pointing towards a signboard behind them. It is not yet known if Edwards remains keen on pushing ahead with a criminal complaint against him, but social media users have applauded her for making Bloom infamous. She said that it was a classic case of racial profiling as she and her kids were the only black people there. "For the record: "this one is being called "#PoolPatrolPaul" and "ID Adam".

A white man who challenged a black family's use of a gated pool in a North Carolina neighborhood has not only resigned from the homeowner's association board - he's also lost his job. She has, however, responded to one of the comments.

"You may be aware by now of a bad incident involving the actions of one our employees", wrote Rob Tiede. Sonoco, a South Carolina-based packaging company, said Bloom "is no longer employed by the Company in any respect". The association apologized in a statement and said that Bloom "escalated a situation in a way that does not reflect the inclusive values Glenridge seeks to uphold as a community".

The incident also led to Bloom no longer being employed at Sonoco, according to television station WXII.

In an explanation of what had happened, Bloom's lawyer told WXII12 that it was all a misunderstanding and not in any way racially motivated. The company issued a statement on Twitter on Friday that did not name Bloom but referenced an incident at "a neighborhood pool over the 4th of July". Those who have been removed in the past, the lawyer said, included people of all ages and races.

"He asked for my address".



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