Man who asked black woman for ID at pool loses his job


Jasmine Edwards was enjoying her Fourth of July at the pool with her son Wednesday when Adam Bloom, a member of the Glenridge Homeowner's Association, asked for her address and picture ID to prove she was a resident of the community, local station WXII reported.

Bloom then asked for an ID, and that's when the woman became angry, Vermitsky explained.

Abhulimen started recording their interaction when the cops were already there. She had already provided her address and so there was no need for an identification.

Officers then determined that Edwards, who lives in the neighborhood, did in fact have keycard access to the gated pool. And when it did, they told Bloom that it proved that Abhulimen had every right to be there as well.

Following the incident, Bloom resigned from his position as the pool's chairman and board member, according to The Winston-Salem Journal.

"Yeah, they kind of make their way around", Bloom said. "This happened to me and my baby... what a shame". She produces the key for the officer. The video received millions of views and prompted a social media backlash.

Two days later, Sonoco Products, the company that Bloom worked for, released a statement saying that he had been fired.

'Where does it say that I have to show an ID to use my own pool?' the woman can be heard asking the man, who stumbles providing an answer. Bloom has not commented. She apologizes for the time the officers spent there.

"We are aware of a awful incident involving the actions of one of our employees outside the workplace", the statement said, adding that the "employee is no longer employed by the company in any respect". The well-documented incident, which involves activities at a neighborhood pool over the 4th of July, does not reflect the core values of our Company, and the employee involved is no longer employed by the Company in any respect. He also resigned from his property's Home Owner's Association board. "Under my command the women and men of the Winston-Salem Police Department consistently attempt to resolve incidents while maintaining respect for all persons involved".

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Bloom's lawyer, John Vermitsky, told the New York Post that his client has been having "a very hard situation" because of the incident.

"He asked for my address".

"This could have been a misunderstanding on the woman's part". Bloom, who served as the chairman of the pool, responds that he asks residents to see their identification "a couple times" each week.

In the meantime, Bloom's attorney claims he was doing his job.

Officers arrived at the Glenridge Community Swimming Pool at 1:21 response to the disturbance call and spoke with Bloom and Abhulimen, according to a news release.

Jasmine Abhulimen recorded the incident on her cell phone and it has received national and worldwide attention.

Bloom's attorney, John Vermitsky, said the video doesn't capture the entire incident.

In a Twitter post, the company said that the situation, though outside the workplace, doesn't reflect its company values.