A white man confronted a black female swimmer at a ritzy California hotel’s pool on Monday, questioning whether she bathed before taking a dip, according to video of the incident.
The man insisted he was perfectly within his rights to ask such an intrusive question at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena, footage posted Wednesday by the woman, Texas resident Carle Wheeler, showed.
“I simply asked them if they’d showered. I’m sorry,” the man explained to Wheeler and hotel staffers.
Wheeler said there were multiple guests at the pool but she and her daughter were the only black people there and the only ones asked.
She also said the man claimed to be a health inspector.
“I’m tired of getting in pools people consider baths,” the man said. “Google it. Google the diseases in pools.”
The hotel staff appeared to take the woman’s side, with one of the female employees calling the man’s question “inappropriate.”
Later, Wheeler shared her thoughts on the man’s behavior.
“It’s just sad that in 2018 we are still dealing with these issues and still having to teach our children things that people had to teach their children in the 50s and 60s. Nothing has changed,” Wheeler said.
The hotel said that man is not an employee of the hotel or a health inspector.
“We do not condone the comments or behavior directed toward our pools guests,” the hotel said in a statement to KCAL-TV in Los Angeles.
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