UPDATE: The man who seemed to believe he had a duty to harass a black mother and her son for using a community pool has just lost his job.
This goes to show that public outcry and pressure will always work against racists.
Sonoco Products, an international packaging solution supplier and Adam Bloom's former employer, issued a statement on Friday explaining that after learning of Bloom's behavior outside work, the company was shocked.
In its statement, which was shared on Twitter, Sonoco explained that Bloom's racist attitude "does not reflect the core values of our Company, and the employee involved is no longer employed by the Company in any respect."
We are aware of a terrible incident involving the actions of one our employees outside of the workplace, and we have released this statement. pic.twitter.com/vl8Vk4ykoc— Sonoco (@Sonoco_Products) July 6, 2018
According to local reports, Bloom resigned from his position as a board member of the homeowner's association after the public outcry. In a letter, Bloom's attorney, John Vermitsky, said that he served as the Pool Chair for his local homeowner's association, and that because of his position, he "works to hire the lifeguards, hire staff to maintain and clean the pool, and work with members to set and enforce the pool rules and regulations."
He added that it was his client's responsibility to enforce rules, "such as smoking on the pool deck, excessive drinking or misuse of memberships by passing around pool cards and allowing non-members access to the pool."
In an interview, Bloom apologized for the incident.
"It's just really hard for me to know I made another person feel that way," he said. "I express my sincere regret for the actions I took that day."
While he may be sincere about how he feels regarding the incident, it is too late. He is now paying for this mistake, which will likely make him think twice next time he feels the need to racially profile someone.
After calling cops on African-Americans for campaigning in their own district, grilling in the park, falling asleep in a university common area, leaving an AirBnb residence, mowing neighbor’s lawn and conducting city-mandated inspections (to name a few), a white man reportedly called cops on a black resident while she was at the community swimming with her young son.
The confrontation, which was caught on camera and later posted on social media, took place in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The video showed a white man, who has since been identified as a member of the homeowners association named Adam Bloom, demanding the woman, Jasmine Edwards, show him her ID for using the neighborhood pool while a police car was parked behind him.
“Nobody else was asked their ID,” the woman could be heard saying in the video. “I feel this is racial profiling, I am the only black person here with my son in the pool.”
However, the persistent man claimed he asked “residents pretty much a couple times a week.”
One of the two officers on the scene then told Edwards if she “has a card to get in the pool I believe that that should be enough.”
Although the woman handed it over to the officer, the racist man asked the cop to actually check if the card worked, insisting, “They kinda make their way around sometime.”
After checking the electronic key and getting a green light, the officer handed it back to Edwards.
“Alright ma'am,” he said. “I apologize for the time and the altercation that occurred.”
The woman then asked Bloom for an apology, but he refused and walked away.
“The issue was brought up. The officers asked the questions that needed to be asked to get the issues resolved,” Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson said in a statement. “They were able to prove that Jasmine had what she needed to get into the pool. At the end of the day, there was no need to see an ID, at that point, because there was nothing to say that an ID was necessary.”
Although the police have not charged Bloom for wasting their time and taxpayer money, the department said it has informed Edwards she could file a civil dispute against him.
“We will not be used as pawns to further someone's dislike for anyone,” Thompson continued. “If she has a card to get into the pool, I believe that should be enough.”
Watch the altercation in the video above.