Man asks black woman if her daughter showered before getting into hotel pool

Ksenia Novikova
Jun 25, 2018
10:24 A.M.

A footage has captured a moment the white man confronted a black woman at a hotel's pool, asking if she and her daughter bathed before taking a dip.


Carle Wheeler took to Facebook recently to share her experience while on vacation at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena, California.

According to her, on June 11, 2018, she and her daughter were approached by a white man while swimming in the hotel pool.

"The man asked if me and my little girl had showered before getting into the pool because people carry diseases into the pools and he doesn't want the health department to shut the pool down," Wheeler wrote.

The man faced them again on the opposite end of the pool minutes later "under the pretense that he worked for the health department"


Wheeler revealed that there's no hotel staff or security to stop his verbal harassment.

"At that point I called BS and I confronted him on what appeared to be blatant racism," she explained. "I let him know that being black is not a disease and showering would not wash the black off our skin."

Wheeler's mother and Ofelia Dolliver, a female hotel manager, came to the scene.

Though Dolliver told the man that it was improper for him to ask Wheeler if she and her daughter showered before getting into the hotel pool, the man continued to mock Wheeler's little girl.


"Finally the hotel's general [manager], Carl Sprayberry came to the area. In true fashion, as soon as he arrived he took one look at us and immediately let the white man leave and told us to step to the side with him," Wheeler wrote.

Wheeler asked Sprayberry not to let the man go to find out his identity, but the general manager ignored her.

"Only after speaking with the white bystanders who corroborated our story did Mr. Sprayberry instruct the other hotel managers to review the tapes to find the man he had just let go!" Wheeler revealed.


Dolliver apologized to them upon their departure from the hotel. She also agreed that Sprayberry handled the situation badly.

The manager added that they were still reviewing the tapes to find the man and remove him from the hotel. But there's no follow up being made by anyone from the hotel since.


"It’s sad that I had to explain to my beautiful little five year old brown skinned girl why in 2018 a white man would think it’s OK to ask a little girl and her mom if we showered our presumably dirty black skin before entering a swimming pool," Wheeler wrote.

In a statement to KCAL-TV in Los Angeles, the hotel said: “We do not condone the comments or behavior directed toward our pools guests."

According to the hotel, the white man is neither an employee of the hotel nor a health inspector.

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