A Black mother posted a video to Facebook of her disturbing encounter with a white man who questioned if she and her daughter had bathed before entering a California hotel pool.
Carle Wheeler and her 5-year-old daughter were vacationing at the Pasadena Westin Hotel when they decided to enjoy the pool and Jacuzzi. At some point, an unidentified white man approached the family and asked if they had showered before entering.
“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 on Facebook.
“Minutes later he approached us again on the opposite end of the pool under the pretense that he worked for the health department,” she added.
At the time of the incident, there were other white people in the Jacuzzi who were not approached by the man, according to Wheeler.
Those people came to Wheeler's defense, even calling the front desk themselves because they found the situation inappropriate, reported ABC7.
Eventually, a hotel employee comes over, and tells the man his comments were inappropriate.
Despite having a worker of the hotel attempt to intervene the man continues with his egregious rhetoric.
“I apologize. It’s everyone business. ... Google it! Google the diseases in pools,” the man said.
When Wheeler requested her daughter be removed from the area, the man speaks directly to the child: “It’s only a shower, young lady, don’t worry.”
Wheeler said she was heartbroken her young daughter had to experience something so blatantly racist.
"I teach her what's proper and what's not and that's not proper for a man to ask any woman or child had they showered before they got into a pool. There were other people out there, like I said, he didn't ask them if they showered. He only asked us," she told ABC7.
Eventually, the hotel manager, Carl Sprayberry, arrived on scene, but doesn’t question the man at all and just lets him leave. It wasn't until after the manager realized Wheeler and her daughter were harassed that the manager has hotel staff try to identify the man
Wheeler said she isn't sure if the hotel figured out who the man was because she hasn't heard from the staff.
The hotel released a statement regarding the situation.
"In light of these events that happened, we feel it is important to share that we do not condone comments or behavior directed to our pool guests. The safety and security of our guests is our top priority. We strive to maintain an environment where our guests feel welcome and are treated with equal respect and attention from our team."
Wheeler said she and her daughter checked out early Monday.
(Photo: ABC7/Carle Wheeler/Facebook)