Hotel employee calls police on Black family using the pool as guests

Marco Green
July 2, 2020

A North Carolina Hilton employee was just fired after she called the police on an African American woman while she was taking her kids for a swim in the hotel's pool as a guest.

"I have a key to get in and I can show you that it works", Wright says to the officers in the almost 10-minute video posted to her Facebook page. She spoke to the children, who said their mother, Wright, was sitting in nearby vehicle, the police report said.

Shruti Gandhi Buckley, the Global Head of Hampton by Hilton, said, "Hampton by Hilton has zero tolerance for racism or discrimination of any kind". "Through our extensive Diversity & Inclusion training program, we have made diversity and unconscious bias training mandatory for Team Members at all properties and corporate offices globally". Anita Williams-Wright, who'd booked two rooms, began a livestream as she was met by the employee and officers, who demanded proof that she was a guest. She continues to hold up a hotel key. Because "I'm the only Black person here, in this pool, they want to question me", she said.

'I have a room here, ' she declares. The white staff member, accompanied by two police officers, approached the hotel guest and asked her to prove she was staying at the facility.

It has prompted a response from the hotel, who announced that the employee had been fired from the job.

The responding lieutenant asked the employee what she wanted to do, wherein she is quoted as reading from her phone that "her manager wanted the people arrested", according to the police report.

"This lady here is discriminating [against] me". "What did I do wrong? I didn't break the law".

The video ends with Wright and her two children entering an elevator to return to their room.

After Williams-Wright refused to provide identification, saying she wasn't required to because she "didn't commit a crime", the officers proceeded to run her license plate from her auto parked outside of the hotel's pool area.

Williams-Wright asserts that this proves the employee was actually around when they were in the hotel earlier, noting that the woman had been smoking a cigarette at the time.

'I'm here on business with my kids in the pool, ' the mother shares to both the officers and to the people watching her video online.

The incident occurred this past Saturday in Williamston, NC.

"We have apologized directly to the guest and her family for their experience, and will work with them and the hotel to make this right", the post states. "We remain in contact with the hotel's ownership about follow-up actions, and to ensure that in the future, their employees reflect the best values of our brand and are welcoming of all".

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