- 4 years ago
- Wedding: January 2013
I run a multi million dollar condo development, we are in Phase II of development. The pool and clubhouse are open for residents who have already purchased their condo. The condo pool rules are as follows.
Children under the age of 16 have to be supervised by an adult.
There is no alcohol allowed in the pool area because the law says with no lifeguard on duty its illegal.
Residents of the condos are allowed to guest per residence.
Yesterday I get a call from several of my condo owners telling me that there is a man in the pool area with alcohol and he is being very loud and yelling at other residents. My maintenance guy kindly asked him which unit he lived in, recognizing that he was not a resident. He got very confrontational with my maintenance man and was acting very menacing and following him around trying to get him to fight.
Several people showed up and then the man starts speaking spanish and saying he doesnt understand anyone who speaks english.
I arrive on the scene and ask him politely to leave the pool area, as he is not a resident, but a guest and all guest must be with the resident.
The residents teenage daughter then shows up and begins yelling at myself and my other residents in spanish and interspersed is cursing.
So then I politely stated that I dont speak spanish and if she wanted to speak to me she would need to do so in english or find someone to translate.
At which point she said I understand your a racist. I asked her to remove her guest from the pool area. The girl refused, her mother shows up and says since they bought their condo they can do what they want and dont have to listen to me. I advised the resident that yes she purchased her condo and that as such she signed an agreement of the community rules.
I asked again for them to leave and go back home, and they refused. At that time I contacted the police, who dispersed them.
I emailed the corporate office to let them know about the incident and to let them know that the resident was in violation of the community rules.
This morning I hear from my portfolio manager telling me that the resident in question called me and said I made a racial slur. I have never in my life made a racial slur.
Apparently asking them to speak english because I dont know spanish is a racial slur?
My company understands that I did the right thing by not engaging in a confrontation and that I was polite..however Im wondering…by saying I dont speak spanish and asking them to speak english is that being racist?
Edit: Prior to me arriving the gentlemen in question was speaking english, also the resident of the home, I know she speaks english because I did her condo purchase. Also I thought it was ironic that when the police came and questioned her she told her daughter in spanish to only speak spanish because the police wouldnt know what they were saying and would go away. The police officer in question did speak spanish and called them on it. He explained that even if the rules came in english it still didnt mean they could break the rules.