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

Andrew Cummings
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.

Two police officers responded to a trespassing complaint at the Williamston location on Friday after the employee, an unidentified white woman, reported finding two children unattended in the pool.

"Hampton by Hilton has zero tolerance for racism and discrimination of any kind", Shruti Gandhi Buckley, global head of Hampton by Hilton, said in an Instagram post Monday. She is no longer employed by the hotel, Hampton by Hilton said. Williams-Wright eventually gathers her young son and daughter, and they leave.

Williams-Wright claimed in the video that other hotel guests using the pool were not questioned.

"It was two white people sitting over there, and she said nothing to them", she told the cops. I have a room here", said Williams-Wright while holding her room key in the almost 10-minute video that made it onto Facebook, "This lady here is discriminating [against] me. She declined to give it, saying she didn't break the law. At one point, she showed them her key, but it wasn't enough for them.

Now the employee has been fired and the hotel chain is apologizing.

'I have a room here, ' she declares. I have a key to get in and I can show you that it works.

In the video, police and the hotel employee are heard asking for Ms Wright's name.

Police went to the front desk after obtaining Wright's name from her auto license plate and found out she had two rooms reserved at the hotel, according to the police report. "She said to me, 'Oh because it's always people like you using the pool unauthorized.' Who is people like me?" The incident occurred at Williamston, North Carolina area Hampton By Hilton, and luckily video made it onto the Internets, and the racial discrimination was documented for all to see on Facebook Live. Wright was in the hotel's pool with her children when the employee and two officers approached her under suspicion that they weren't guests. 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 value of our brand and are welcoming to all'.

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