In this week’s edition of White People Being Awful, a Missouri woman was recorded attempting to block a black man from entering her apartment building, even though he also lives there.
Hilary Brooke Mueller AKA “Key Fob Kelly” was fired from her job on Sunday, two days after D’Arreion Toles was returning home to St. Louis’ Elder Shirt Lofts following a late night at his office. A video of the encounter shows Mueller, who lives on the third floor, standing in the doorway of the complex and demanding to see proof that Toles lives in the building.
Toles made several attempts to enter, but an “uncomfortable” Mueller kept blocking him, asking for his card key. She told him:
“If you want to come into my building…”
To which he interjected:
“It’s my building as well. So, I need you to get out of my way … It’s not your building, you’re not the owner.”
Toles eventually showed his key fob and gained access into the building — but, 30 minutes later, was shocked to find police at his door. He wrote on Facebook:
“30 mins later police knock on my door because she called! I was shocked this is America in 2018!”
Two days after the video — which now has almost seven million views — was posted on social media, Mueller’s employer confirmed she was fired from her job. Tribeca-STL shared on its website:
“The video is showing the employee in her private life at her own residence interacting with another person. The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees and residents from many racial backgrounds. We are proud of this fact and do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company. After a review of the matter the employee has been terminated and is no longer with our Company. At Tribeca-STL we want all residents, guests and visitors to feel welcome, safe and respected.”
In the end, Toles says he’s glad he had his camera out to record the incident, but has no ill will against Mueller, telling local station KMOV4:
“Like I said, don’t respond negatively. Don’t go after the lady. Let her be at peace. Let her live her life. 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. I would still have a conversation with her.”
Based on the video, conversation doesn’t seem like this woman’s strong suit. Watch for yourself (below).
To Be A Black man in America, & Come home,Women tries to stop me from coming into my building because she feels…
Posted by D'Arreion Nuriyah Toles on Friday, October 12, 2018
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