On 4th of July, Adam Bloom went viral for demanding a black woman and her son prove they were residents at a community pool. He is now being called #IDAdam because he demanded she prove her residency even though she had a pool key card to access the pool area!
Since the video has gone viral, #IDAdam has lost his job as a result of his actions. His former employer Sonoco Products released the following statement.
We are aware of a terrible incident involving the actions of one our employees outside of the workplace, and we have released this statement. pic.twitter.com/vl8Vk4ykoc— Sonoco (@Sonoco_Products) July 6, 2018
Bloom's attorney released a statement which claims Bloom was on the board of the housing association and was also the pool chair. It was his responsibility to maintain the pool facilities and also ensure only residents were using the pool Because of that, when he was approached by another board member who was suspicious of the black woman and her son, he approached. He claims he only asked for ID because the woman told the other board member a different address then what she told him. Because of that he asked her for ID and ultimately called the police. Read the statement here
Now that the video has gone viral, Bloom is expressing his regret for his behavior.
Via NBC News
In an interview with NBC News on Friday, Bloom repeatedly apologized. He said he regrets how he handled the encounter with the woman, Jasmine Edwards, acknowledging that he could have been "more empathetic to how she may have felt."
Bloom said he was surprised by the national attention the incident received and was "overwhelmed by the response," calling it "nothing I would've ever anticipated." But he added that he was "not surprised by social media's desire to only get part of the story."
"I'm so hurt that I in any way made another person feel small, maligned and called out," Bloom said. "And so my goal here is to give you better expression of my full view as a person, and express my sincere regret for the actions that I took that day."
Bloom described his leaving Sonoco as a "mutual separation."
"I'm heartbroken that I'm no longer on that team, but unfortunately we felt at the end of the day talking through it that the company's best interest would be uh served without me," he said.
Also on Friday, police released audio of Bloom's call, in which he tells a dispatcher that "we have a non-resident that's at the pool that refuses to leave." When asked by the dispatcher who he is, Bloom identifies himself by name and says, "I'm chairman of the pool."
"We'd be happy to have her here if she would just show some identification," Bloom tells the dispatcher of Edwards.