ST. LOUIS, Missouri - A St. Louis woman was fired from her job Saturday after video of her blocking a man from entering a luxury loft until he proved he lived at the complex went viral, amassing more than 4 million views since it was posted early Saturday morning.
D'Arreion Nuriyah Toles posted several videos of his exchange with the woman to Facebook around 1 a.m. Saturday.
Toles wrote that the videos illustrate what it is to be a black man in America.
In the first video, the woman states she will not let him into the building until he shows his fob to get in and tells her what unit he lives in. Toles can be heard telling the woman he does not have to share that information with her as she is not the property manager, then proceeds to name the property manager.
After some back and forth Toles eventually maneuvers past the woman into the loft building, and the woman follows him into the elevator and up to his loft on the fourth floor.
During the elevator ride, the woman asks who Toles is there to see and said if he's not there to see anyone, she would like to introduce herself because they are neighbors. Finally, Toles gets to his loft and unlocks his door, asking the woman why she continued to follow him.
"You just followed me all the way to my door," Toles is heard saying. "And you see my keys in the door. Have a good night, ma'am. Don't ever do that again. You look pretty stupid on the video. Have a nice night, and my name is Mr. Toles."
Toles said police arrived at his door 30 minutes later because the woman called 911.
"Never really thought this would happen to me, but it did," Toles wrote on Facebook.
The woman's employer, also a luxury apartment complex, posted the following message to its website in response to the number of complaints it received regarding the videos.
Tribeca-STL was recently shared a video containing a disturbing interaction that we believe is important to clarify.
The video did involve one of our employees, but the event did NOT take place at Tribeca-STL and did NOT involve one of our tenants. 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.
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