Hampton Inn employee fired for calling cops on Black guests at the pool; Hilton apologizes

A Hampton Inn employee has been fired after calling the police on a Black family using the hotel’s swimming pool in Williamston, North Carolina.

“Hampton by Hilton has zero tolerance for racism or discrimination of any kind. On Saturday, we were alerted to an online video of a guest incident at one of our franchise properties,” Shruti Gandhi Buckley, the Global Head of Hampton by Hilton, said in a statement to USA TODAY Monday. “The team member is no longer employed at the hotel.”

In a nearly 10-minute Facebook Live video shared across social media, a white hotel employee and two Williamston police officers approach a Black woman who is using the pool with her children. They ask the woman, identified on her social media account as Anita Williams-Wright, to prove that she’s staying at the hotel.

“I can’t believe this happened to me and my kids,” Williams-Wright captioned the

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How the RBC Heritage came back to Hilton Head after coronavirus halted everything

Jonathan Wright jokes that his neighbor had the scoop that one of the first major sporting events since the coronavirus outbreak would be played in South Carolina on Hilton Head Island.

The Harbour Town Golf Links superintendent was hanging out at the park in the small gated community on the south end of Hilton Head where he lives with his family. There is a pool and tennis courts and pickleball. Neighbors are friendly and young children play together.

It was a gathering here near the jungle gym on an afternoon in April when a neighbor — from an appropriate social distance of course — asked Wright about an online report that the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing could be back on for June.

“I was like ‘you’ve got to be kidding me,’ ” Wright said.

The PGA Tour had announced in March the longtime event had been canceled, swept up

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