D'Arreion Toles posted a video of a confrontation he had with a woman who tried to bar his entry into their apartment building, and she later had to face the consequences of her actions.
'I was kind of blown away'
Toles was returning home from his job when the woman walking her dog blocked the entrance and demanded he produce evidence that he lived in the luxury apartment building in St. Louis.
Instead, he brought out his cellphone and recorded video.
The video went viral on Facebook and currently has over 6.3 million views.
"I live here, and you're blocking the door," he tells her in the video.
"What unit?" she asks.
"I don't need to tell you that," he shoots back, "what unit do you live in?"
"I don't like the fact that you have your phone in my face," she says later in the video.
"OK, I don't like the fact that you're blocking for where I paid to live at," he replies.
At several points in the video he responds, "I don't need to give you that information, ma'am."
Toles pushed past her and got into the elevator, where she followed him to his apartment door. She told him she was going to call the police.
Here's the video of the confrontation:
The woman followed through on her threat to call the police, and they arrived and interviewed Toles, but did not find any reason to charge him or her.
Many on social media thought she was motivated by racism, and they demanded that the company she worked for answer for her actions. On Sunday, they fired her from her job. She was employed at a minority-owned property management company that called the incident "disturbing" and racist.
Here's a news video from ABC News:
Toles said to KMOV-TV that he was surprised by her reaction but didn't hold any ill will toward the woman.
"I was kind of blown away, shocked and like wow," he said. "I am just glad I had my camera out. If I did not have my camera out, I feel it could have gone a totally different way."
"I am not mad at her," he continued. "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," he concluded.