Adam Bloom, dubbed “Pool Patrol Paul” and “ID Adam” is the latest person captured in a viral video who has been accused of racism. Bloom called the police at his local pool after his neighbor, Jasmine Edwards, wouldn’t show him her ID. She wasn’t required to show an ID and had already gotten through the pool gate with her pool card. He has lost his job since the video surfaced and his position with the HOA.
1. Adam Bloom Called the Police After Jasmine Edwards Wouldn’t Show Him Her ID at the Pool, Despite Her Having a Pool Card to Get Into the Pool Gate
Jasmine Edwards was at her neighborhood pool when Adam Bloom became angry. She shared the video on Facebook, which now has more than 4 million views. Bloom called the police because he wanted Edwards to show her ID and prove that she was able to use the pool. But no one else was asked for an ID and, as Edwards pointed out, it wasn’t the policy. “I feel this is racial profiling,” she told Bloom.
She told the police that Bloom first asked for her address, which she gave to him. Then he wanted her ID to prove her address was correct, even though she had her pool card to get into the pool. Bloom even wanted the police to swipe her pool card to prove it worked.
When the police asked if they needed anything after confirming Edwards had the right to be there, Bloom said: “A form of ID would have been nice.”
When she asked for an apology, he refused.
2. Bloom’s Employer, Sonoco Products, Fired Him as Their ‘Value Realization Lead’ After the Video Went Viral
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
According to Adam Bloom’s now deleted LinkedIn profile, he was the Value Realization Leader and Business Development Manager at Sonoco in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem, North Carolina area. He also worked on packaging, and was listed on Sonoco websites as the person to call about optimizing packaging supply chains and promotional displays.
When news about what happened spread, Sonoco Products fired Adam Bloom. They wrote in a press statement: “We are aware of the terrible incident involving the actions of one of our employees outside the workplace. The documented incident … …read more