A white woman was fired from her job as a property manager on Thursday after she faced scrutiny for calling the police on a black man for wearing socks at a community pool in Memphis, Tenn., even though others in the pool were wearing them, according to USA Today.
Riverset Apartments terminated Erica Walker after footage of the incident went viral on social media.
Camry Porter, who recorded the incident and shared it on Facebook, told WMAC Action News 5 that the episode was racially motivated and that they seemed to be the only black family at the pool.
“It was a very embarrassing and very hurtful and horrible incident,” Porter told the local station. “She has a family I’m sure she has to provide for, so I’m not going to say, ‘Yay. I’m glad she’s gotten fired,’ but I do believe she deserves some consequences after her actions.”
Porter said her family was sitting at the pool when they noticed a woman “constantly watching us and whispering amongst her friends.”
Porter then claims that her boyfriend had his feet in the water when he was approached by the property manager who repeatedly instructed him to remove his socks, saying that “no socks, tshirts, hats, or things of that nature are allowed in the pool.”
Porter noted that other residents at the pool were also violating the rule.
Porter then asked the family to leave the pool. When they refused, Walker called the police.