A white woman was fired after a video showing her questioning a black man and blocking his way into his own condo building went viral. In the post on Facebook, D'Arreion Toles showed the encounter he had with the unnamed woman while he was trying to go home.
The video starts as the man is entering the building they both live in; she is coming out with her dog. She decides to block the door and ask him a series of questions to prove he lives in the building. He refuses to answer and asks her to move out of his way. When she won't budge, he moves past her. She then proceeds to follow him into the elevator to his condo and watches him enter with his key.
The woman then changes her stance and wants to introduce herself as a neighbor, but at this point, Toles is over it. He remains calm throughout the exchange, but tells her if she continues to follow him, he will call the police.
Toles posted the video he shot of the encounter to social media, where it went viral. The woman's place of employment, the Tribeca Luxury Apartments in St. Louis, saw the video and fired her. .
Toles told CBS News:
I was kind of blown away, shocked and like wow. I am just glad I had my camera out. If I did not have my camera out, I feel it could have gone a totally different way. I am not mad at her. I am not upset with her. I am not going to go after her legally or anything like that. I wish her the best. would still have a conversation with her.
Of course, people were outraged:
A white St. Louis woman was fired from her job after blocking a black man from entering his apartment building… https://t.co/HCf3tt9bFG— CBS News (@CBS News)1539566975.0
@CBSNews She was blocking him from entering his building. She then followed him to his apartment. If a stranger st… https://t.co/4POIvGU6zC— Casi Argi (@Casi Argi)1539567780.0
@CBSNews And she should be fired from her job... more should be done. Crime committed? Charge her with something. S… https://t.co/7Nsl8oGs3a— Sheletta Brundidge (@Sheletta Brundidge)1539567148.0
@ShelettaMB @CBSNews She should be charged with harassment. She could have moved across the lobby or stepped outsid… https://t.co/9eZmbEkMLi— MJC likes Democracy (@MJC likes Democracy)1539571025.0
@CBSNews This is 3 of the same occurences for African American men keeping their composures after being accusted by… https://t.co/y0l0zywYnF— temperance2018 (@temperance2018)1539573784.0
@CBSNews @RealDLHughley Really?! Blocking a person from going into their own apartment? Someone has got explain to… https://t.co/9MzVSo2qAM— R. Martinez (@R. Martinez)1539579379.0
@CBSNews She should’ve been arrested— Mariano D. Rivera (@Mariano D. Rivera)1539575530.0
@CBSNews This must stop! Weekly occurrences of this...more power in unity— Corry Moore (@Corry Moore)1539567979.0
@CBSNews They don’t learn do they 🤦🏻♀️— Smelga🌊💙🏝 (@Smelga🌊💙🏝)1539567036.0
@CBSNews I would find it hard to forgive her knowing people like her vote.— Krn1c48 (@Krn1c48)1539613072.0
This Twitter user is so fed up, she can't even come up with the right words:
@CBSNews @RealDLHughley Umph.....umph.....umph. I'm so sicka this shit.— Deonne Thomas (@Deonne Thomas)1539581000.0
When are incidents like this finally going to stop?