A TikToker who was asked to vacate his hotel room at a Hilton Garden Inn claims it was because of racism.
In a series of videos uploaded to the platform, user @melliebk410, who is black, recounts his time at a New York Hilton. His first video begins with him opening the front door of his hotel room after hearing a knock outside. It has over 2.7 million views.
@melliebk410 #racism #westchestercounty ♬ Original sound – MelliEBK
“Let’s go. Getting harassed at the hotel,” says @melliebk410 in the clip. “Let’s see what that knock is all about.”
There are at least two police officers and what looks like a hotel manager outside the door.
“Do you smoke in the room?” asks the Hilton employee.
“Does it smell like smoke?” @melliebk410 questions.
“Yes,” replies the employee.
“No, it doesn’t,” says @melliebk410.
The Hilton representative then asks the guest to pack up and leave. She gives him an hour to vacate the hotel and says she has already notified CLC Lodging — a corporate travel management company — to move the TikToker to another hotel.
“Unfortunately you’re making our guests and staff a bit uncomfortable,” she says before @melliebk410 interrupts her.
“Thank you. I’ll be gone in an hour,” he says before closing the door.
Viewers cannot see @melliebk410 smoking in any of his videos. However, many commenters pointed out that he had positioned towels under the door — a tactic commonly used to mask the smell of marijuana.
“Lol bro the towel is a sure sign” is one of the top comments on the video with over 3,400 likes.
“Everyone knows the towel trick lol,” wrote another user.
“It’s called rules. Do not smoke in the hotel room. Point,” says a third comment.
The TikToker has posted a number of follow-up videos in which he attempts to declare his innocence, but many have been muted or removed from the platform. However, in a video he claims he only watched TV in his room and did not engage in any illegal activities.
“Why do people here in Westchester County have such a hard time leaving people alone?” he asks. “I’m quiet here [and] mind my own business. …People are sick, man.”
The Daily Dot reached out to @melliebk410 via TikTok comment and Hilton via email.
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*Initial publication: December 3, 2022 2:48 pm CST
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