White Hotel Employee Calls Cops On Black Guest For Using Swimming Pool
A Hampton Inn employee in North Carolina has been fired after she called the police on a black family for using the hotel’s swimming pool, according to USA Today.
- The incident was recorded in a Facebook Live video which shows the employee and two officers approaching a black woman who was using the pool with her kids. The woman, Anita Williams-Wright, was asked to prove that she was a guest at the hotel.
- In the video, Williams-Wright is heard saying:
"I feel it's discrimination. I have a room here. This lady here is discriminating (against) me. I have a key to get in and I can show you that it works… I have a room here. I don’t have to give my name. I didn’t break the law."
- Williams-Wright expressed confusion in the video as to why she was being questioned and not the other guests using the pool:
"It was two white people sitting over there and she said nothing to them. She said to me, 'Oh, because it’s always people like you using the pool unauthorized.' Who is people like me?"
Hampton by Hilton's Gandhi Buckley responded to the incident, giving a statement to USA Today saying that the company "apologized directly to the guest and her family for their experience, and will work with them and the hotel to make this right."
- In the statement, he also added:
“Hampton by Hilton has zero tolerance for racism or discrimination of any kind. On Saturday, we were alerted to an online video of a guest incident at one of our franchise properties. The team member is no longer employed at the hotel.”