Request for pool ID gets man fired

UPROXX  Jasmine Edwards  Facebook

UPROXX Jasmine Edwards Facebook

The video, originally posted to Facebook on July 4, shows Adam Bloom asking Jasmine Edwards whether she was allowed to be in the pool.

The man was identified as Adam Bloom by the Glenridge Homeowners Association, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

She said he had singled her out because of her skin color. He then asked for ID, and that's when Edwards got angry and Bloom called the police.

After the key card for the pool works, Adam says in the video, "Yeah, they kind of make their way around sometimes, is the only challenge".

"Nobody else was asked (for) their ID", Edwards says. I have one! That's how I got in!

Eric Ellison, Abhulimen's attorney, issued a statement Friday saying Abhulimen "was the target of racial profiling" and that "this incident was traumatizing to Mrs. Abhulimen and her entire family". Because this is ridiculous'.

By this time, Bloom had called Winston-Salem Police, who tried their best to defuse the situation.

The woman in the video accuses the man of racial profiling, while a police officer tells her that the allegation would need to be "a civil dispute". "This happened to me and my baby... what a shame".

The Glenridge Homeowners Association announced on Thursday that Bloom had stepped down from his positions in the group. In the video, the man appears calm and unapologetic, as the woman asks him to explain why he wanted to see her ID.

After a dispute, the manager called police to complain that the couple, who were there with their two young children, were "disturbing the peace".

She later resigned from her job as CEO of a health company.

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"It's just really hard for me to know I made another person feel that way", Bloom said.

"Do you want to apologize?"

Once the ordeal is over, Edwards is heard demanding Bloom for an apology.

While Bloom's lawyer said that "racism.is a pervasive problem in this country", his claims his client was simply enforcing the rules "uniformly, without preference or prejudice".

Video of their tense encounter was shared on Facebook where it's been viewed more than 4 million times.

"They kinda make their way around sometime", he says, apparently referring to black people he believes wrongly use community pools.

"We are aware of a awful incident involving the actions of one of our employees outside of the workplace".

The lawyer said there was some confusion about the address Abhulimen gave the other woman, so Bloom asked to see her ID.

"The well-documented incident ... does not reflect the core values of our Company, and the employee involved is no longer employed by the Company in any respect", the statement said.

"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 confronting and calling the police on one of our neighbours, the pool chair escalated a situation in a way that does not reflect the inclusive values Glenridge seeks to uphold as a community", the statement said.

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