Man who challenged black family's use of pool loses job

Erika Holt
July 9, 2018

Bloom has since resigned from his position as pool chair and board member, and has been fired from his job at a packaging company.

"If she has a card to get into the pool, I believe that should be enough", one of the officers told Bloom.

Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson said Friday that the altercation ended without any charges and that her officers "consistently attempt to resolve incidents while maintaining respect for all persons involved".

Another woman at the pool had asked Bloom if Edwards was a member of the pool. At one point, Edwards pointed out that the entrance has to be unlocked with a pool card and that the only other way she saw to enter was to jump over the fence. When Edwards asked Bloom for an apology, he walked away.

"I'm so hurt that I in any way made another person feel small, maligned and called out", Bloom said. Because this is ridiculous'.

In the video, Edwards presses for any regulation to justify Bloom's call to police - namely, that ID must be carried in a swimsuit.

According to Buzzfeed, Jasmine Edwards was approached by a man while she was using the pool in the development where she lived and demanded her ID. 'This happened to me and my baby today.

Afterwards, a spokesman for the Glenridge homeowners association said they "sincerely regretted" the incident, and said Bloom's "escalation" of the situation does not reflect the community's "inclusive" values. She accuses him of singling out her and her young son as African-Americans by asking to see her ID.

Abhulimen said she lives in the Glenridge community where police were called.

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'Where does it say that I have to show an ID to use my own pool?' the woman can be heard asking the man.

The officer at the scene apologized to the woman in the video. Upon arrival WSPD Officers spoke with both Mr. Bloom and with Ms. Jasmine Abhulimen (identified on Facebook posting as Jasmine Edwards) to determine the cause of the "disturbance". Lawyer John Vermitsky issued a statement Friday saying his client feels bad and didn't intend to discriminate. A few hours later, she posted the video on her Facebook account and it went viral.

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

The association announced Thursday that Bloom resigned his board membership and as chairman of the pool.

Edwards continues by explaining that she told the man her address, but he continued to harass her for the ID.

The incident also led to Bloom no longer being employed at Sonoco, according to television station WXII.

Bloom's employer, Sonoco, saw the video and posted a statement on Facebook that said he's "no longer employed by the company in any respect".

Vermitsky said Bloom is now getting death threats and had to leave his home with his wife and three children to find a safer location.

In a Twitter post, the company said that the situation, though outside the workplace, doesn't reflect its company values. He added that it's "unfortunate that conclusions are being reached by people who have seen a 46-second video of their interaction".

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